The challenge of localising the SDGs: A reflection about Brazil

By | 2017-10-04T17:01:53+00:00 October 4th 2017|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , , , |

To attain the SDGs, local implementation is key, and cities bear a special responsibility in that regard. But what does the situation really look like on the ground – is there enough awareness and commitment to this global process? Daphne Besen analyses the situation in metropolises and small and medium size cities in Brazil.

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New approaches for pressing challenges

By | 2017-10-14T15:05:04+00:00 August 8th 2017|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, PEER-LEARNING & CO-PRODUCTION|Tags: , , , , , , |

Most people who are fleeing the war in Syria find shelter in the neighbouring countries. Their host communities are facing the challenge of providing services to a growing population, especially concerning water and energy supply and waste management. A partnership programme makes it possible for municipalities to exchange knowledge and jointly work on solutions.

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“This is a very good moment for change” – Interview with Jorge Wolpert, former Executive Director of Urban Development, Land and Housing in Mexico

By | 2017-10-14T15:29:57+00:00 February 28th 2017|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, URBAN & METROPOLITAN GOVERNANCE|Tags: , , , , , |

In an interview with URBANET, former Executive Director of Urban Development, Land and Housing of Mexico's Ministry of Agrarian, Territorial & Urban Development (Sedatu). Jorge Wolpert explains what specific challenges Mexican cities are facing in terms of sustainable urban development.

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Improving municipal service delivery through Social Accountability – progress and challenges in the Palestinian territories

By | 2017-10-14T15:35:16+00:00 January 19th 2017|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, URBAN & METROPOLITAN GOVERNANCE|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Social Accountability interventions at the local government level can bring about actual, significant improvement of living conditions for citizens. The Palestinian territories are presently at the stage of transitioning from locally focused pilot interventions towards a national institutionalisation process that encompasses all municipalities.

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Working together to create a positive climate

By | 2017-10-14T15:41:12+00:00 December 16th 2016|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, PEER-LEARNING & CO-PRODUCTION|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In a four-part series, URBANET takes a closer look at specific projects that contribute to making cities more liveable. This fourth and last part describes how a Tanzanian and a German municipality partnered up to contribute to climate protection - and to also collaborate on other issues.

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“I want to stay.” New perspectives for migrants and refugees in Morocco

By | 2017-10-14T15:41:42+00:00 December 14th 2016|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, INCLUSION|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In a four-part series, URBANET takes a closer look at specific projects that contribute to making cities more liveable. This third part describes efforts to better integrate and reintegrate migrants, refugees and returning migrants into local life in Morocco.

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Good partnerships – An interview with Brigitte Riegelbauer, mayor’s office in the city of Bamberg

By | 2017-10-14T15:52:28+00:00 November 10th 2016|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, PEER-LEARNING & CO-PRODUCTION|Tags: , , , , , |

Town twinnings play an important role when it comes to mutual understanding and learning processes. In an interview with Imme Scheit, head of administration and deputy chief officer of the mayor’s office in the city of Bamberg Brigitte Riegelbauer explains how these partnerships can be successfully implemented.

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Municipal Knowledge Sharing – German and Maghrebian cities in dialogue

By | 2017-10-14T15:53:30+00:00 November 3rd 2016|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, PEER-LEARNING & CO-PRODUCTION|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

If the New Urban Agenda is to be a success, it is of vital importance that cities form partnerships and learn from each other. Such activities are already under way: in this article, URBANET presents an example of municipal knowledge sharing between cities in the Maghreb region and cities in Germany.

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“Participation is a prerequisite for sustainable urban development”

By | 2017-10-14T16:08:03+00:00 September 28th 2016|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, PARTICIPATION|Tags: , , , , , |

According to Franziska Schreiber and Kaj Fischer from the think tank adelphi, innovative participation processes make cities more livable. URBANET talked to both urbanisation experts about how municipalities and residents can work together to shape their city.

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Municipalities in Eastern Serbia Champion Property Tax Collection

By | 2017-10-14T16:09:28+00:00 September 20th 2016|Categories: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT, MUNICIPAL & CLIMATE FINANCE|Tags: , , , , , |

By doubling their revenues through property taxation, nine Eastern Serbian municipalities are now able to finance projects vital to their communities.

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

By | 2017-10-14T16:16:03+00:00 August 2nd 2016|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, MUNICIPAL & CLIMATE FINANCE|Tags: , , , , , , |

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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A portfolio approach for urban investments

By | 2017-10-14T16:22:04+00:00 July 21st 2016|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, MUNICIPAL & CLIMATE FINANCE|Tags: , , , , |

The projects that are financed in an urban environment depend on a variety of factors. With the portfolio approach cities can determine which projects benefit them most in terms of profits and social benefits and can choose them accordingly.

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