“In terms of speed, there is no one-size-fits-all solution” – Interview with Carlos Pardo from Despacio

Carlos Pardo| April 25th 2017|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Carlos Pardo

Carlos Pardo

Executive Director at Despacio
Carlos Felipe Pardo is a Colombian psychologist with a MSc in Contemporary Urbanism from the London School of Economics. He focuses on urban development, mobility, lighting and climate change projects in cities of the developing world. He has participated in technical consultancies in more than 30 cities in Asia, Latin America and Africa, and has coordinated and delivered more than 70 training courses on urban development, climate change, bus rapid systems, non-motorized transport, travel demand management and sustainable transport.
Carlos Pardo

In his interview with URBANET, Carlos Pardo talks about urban roads shared equally by cyclists, pedestrians and drivers, that we can save money by slowing down traffic and how we can convince people to act more environmentally friendly.

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“Local governments know the reality of their cities” – An Interview with Johana Hernández from the Northern Public Transport Company, Ecuador

URBANET| February 7th 2017|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES, SUPPORTING SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Many cities are facing traffic-related problems and are trying to find solutions that take into consideration the local conditions. Sometimes, these solutions clash with problem solving approaches by central governments. In her interview with URBANET, Johana Hernández from the Northern Public Transport Company in Ecuador talks about such challenges and her visions for inclusive mobility.

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“Productivity increases with the size of a city” – An Interview with Rüdiger Ahrend, Head of Urban Policy Programme at OECD

Ruediger Ahrend| January 27th 2017|Categories: STRENGTHENING FINANCING|Tags: , , , , |

Ruediger Ahrend

Ruediger Ahrend

Head of Urban Policy, Public Governance & Territorial Development at OECD
Dr Rüdiger Ahrend is Head of the Urban Programme in the OECD’s Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial Development. In this capacity, he has been supervising numerous urban projects, for example on metropolitan development and governance, urban productivity, land use, and housing. He is the main author of “The Metropolitan Century: Understanding Urbanisation and its Consequences”. Before he started working at OECD in 2002, Ahrend worked as a researcher and independent consultant. He holds a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics, as well as degrees in Social Sciences and Mathematics from the University of Göttingen, Paris-IX Dauphine, and the Sorbonne.
Ruediger Ahrend

A lot of processes in cities depend on the financial resources of the municipal and national government. But how can these resources be generated? How can cities make money, how can they save money? And what role does urbanisation play? We talked to Rüdiger Ahrend, Head of the Urban Policy Program at the OECD, about how cities can approach these challenges.

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Towards the liveable city

Alexandra Linden & Astrid Ley & Alexander Jachnow| November 16th 2016|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , |

Alexandra Linden & Astrid Ley & Alexander Jachnow

Alexandra Linden & Astrid Ley & Alexander Jachnow

Urban Development Specialists at GIZ, University of Stuttgart and IHS
Alexandra Linden currently supports the decentralisation reform and regional development process in Ukraine on behalf of the German Development Cooperation (GIZ GmbH) in cooperation with the European Union.

Astrid Ley is course director of the international master program Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design (IUSD). Her expertise and publication record include topics related to the urbanisation in the Global South, housing processes, and the role of local governance and civil society.

Alexander Jachnow is the Head of USP (Urban Strategies and Planning) at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS).
His research and teaching focus on the challenges and opportunities of urbanization processes in the Global South. He represented the IHS and its academic networks in the preparations of the New Urban Agenda and at the HABITAT conference in Quito.
Alexandra Linden & Astrid Ley & Alexander Jachnow

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The German government pushes for a New Urban Agenda oriented towards the vision of the “lebenswerte Stadt”, i.e. a city worth to live in, but is mostly translated with “liveable city”. But how do we define “liveable”? Our authors Alexandra Linden, Astrid Ley and Alexander Jachnow contend that it goes beyond “freedom from fear” and “freedom from want” as proposed by the UN. Liveability, construed as Quality of life shouldn’t just be determined by indicator models, but within a specific local context and in conjunction with international standards.

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Collaborating for a geographical information system in Kairouan

Kathrin Faltermeier| November 8th 2016|Categories: STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS, STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

Kathrin Faltermeier

Kathrin Faltermeier

Junior Consultant at GIZ CoMun
Kathrin Faltermeier has been working as junior consultant for GIZ's programme CoMun since 2015. She is based at the CoMun office in Tunis and focuses on citizen participation in Tunisian municipalities.
Kathrin Faltermeier

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For sustainable urban planning, administrative bodies, service providers and citizens need to work together. In Kairouan, Tunisia, different actors are collaborating to put in place a comprehensive geographical information system for their city.

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Integrated Resource Management in Asian cities: The Urban Nexus

Ruth Erlbeck & Ralph Trosse| October 11th 2016|Categories: REALISING INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT, RESOURCE MANAGEMENT & ENERGY EFFICIENCY|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Ruth Erlbeck & Ralph Trosse

Ruth Erlbeck & Ralph Trosse

Project Manager & Technical Director at GIZ
Ruth Erlbeck has worked for the GIZ in Ethiopia, Mongolia and South America. She currently works as a project manager of the regional "Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus Project".

Ralph Trosse has a background in civil engineering and architecture. He has worked in many development projects in Benin, El Salvador and Nicaragua among others. He currently works as a technical director of the "Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus Project" in Bangkok.
Ruth Erlbeck & Ralph Trosse

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The "Urban Nexus" is a theoretical and technical approach to integrated urban development. It introduces innovative and environmentally-friendly engineering solutions to improve the physical infrastructure of cities, and also promotes people-centered development. Our authors Ruth Erlbeck and Ralph Trosse describe how a low-cost, climate change resilient pilot house was built in the Philippines as part of the Nexus project.

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The role of local governments in sustainable urbanization

Sara Hoeflich de Duque| August 18th 2016|Categories: ENABLING CONDITIONS, STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS|Tags: , , , , , |

Sara Hoeflich de Duque

Sara Hoeflich de Duque

Programme Manager at UCLG
Sara Hoeflich works for UCLG, United Cities and Local Governments, the voice and network of cities and regions. She is in charge of the UCLG portfolio on decentralized cooperation and city to city learning (director cooperation). She started working at United Cities and Local Government in 2006, after almost 10 years joining German Development Cooperation in Indonesia and Colombia -in the field of urban planning and management - and after being active in several German urban design projects and engaging in development NGO.
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A key recommendation of the German Habitat Forum held in May 2016 in Berlin was that “cities need to be empowered as actors”. Urbanization not only implies geographical changes, but also a political change in order to manage growth. This is where local governments are most needed.

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“Those innovative instruments are now recognised as effective instruments to finance urban development”

Jean François Habeau| August 2nd 2016|Categories: STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS, STRENGTHENING FINANCING|Tags: , , , , |

Jean François Habeau

Jean François Habeau

Executive Director at FMDV
Jean-François Habeau is Executive Director of FMDV, the International Alliance of Local Governments dedicated to promoting and developing solutions to finance urban development and local economic development.
Jean François Habeau

Subnational Pooled Financing Mechanisms (SPFMs) are expected to play an increasingly strategic role in financing sustainable development. Jean-François Habeau, Executive Director of the international cities network FMDV, talks about the benefits and specific challenges of Subnational Pooled Financing Mechanisms for developing countries.

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Financing sustainable development: the role of cities as the key for necessary investments

URBANET| July 21st 2016|Categories: STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS, STRENGTHENING FINANCING|Tags: , , , , , |

In order for cities to be able to fulfil their role as actors and spaces for sustainable development, they require solid financing. The growing need for investment in respect of infrastructure poses a great challenge for cities across the globe to find new ways for them to be able to increase their often scarce resources.

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“Cities are the future driving force in Asia”

Claudia Hermes| July 21st 2016|Categories: STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS, STRENGTHENING FINANCING|Tags: , , , , , |

Claudia Hermes

Claudia Hermes

Coordinator for GIZ at Cities Development in Asia
Claudia Hermes has worked for several years for a number of German corporations and for the German Bundestag before starting a job at the GIZ ten years ago. Since then she has worked for the GIZ in various locations in East-and West-Africa, among others as the country director of Mauritania. Since 2016 she is the director of Cities Development in Asia (CDIA), a common project of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
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There is no shortage of ideas for sustainable development projects in Asia. However, often the financial resources provided for environmental and climate protection projects as well as waste water, energy or infrastructure projects is scarce. The Cities Development Initiative for ASIA (CDIA) supports Asian cities in finding investors and building their infrastructure. In an interview with Urbanet CDIA-Coordinator for GIZ Claudia Hermes explains how the CDIA works and what the idea behind it is.

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