How Nigerian Grassroots Women Promote Sustainable Urban Development

By | 2018-06-07T11:55:11+00:00 June 7th 2018|Categories: PARTICIPATION|Tags: , , |

Women at the grassroots are experts in the challenges that urban communities are facing every day. As they fulfil different roles from working informal jobs to caring for children and senior citizens, their input is essential in localising the New Urban Agenda in a way that it meets the needs of all citizens. Dr. Limota Goroso Giwa reports on the involvement of grassroots women in urban development in Nigeria.

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Rewriting the Narrative

By | 2018-05-29T10:48:34+00:00 May 29th 2018|Categories: PARTICIPATION, PEER-LEARNING & CO-PRODUCTION|Tags: , , , |

Children gather numerous stories in their everyday surroundings – Ankur Society for Alternatives in Education, based in New Delhi, India, helps them turn these stories into empowering experiences, making them a voice for their communities.

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Interview: “Building resilience requires active public participation” – Vera Bukachi from the Kounkuey Design Initiative

By | 2018-04-12T12:49:48+00:00 April 11th 2018|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, PUBLIC SPACES|Tags: , , , , , |

How can vulnerable groups and their needs be integrated into resilience building? URBANET talked to Vera Bukachi from the Kounkuey Design Initiative, who strongly believes that participatory planning and design are key to sustainable urban development.

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Accessible Mobility for All: Development Cooperation For Accessible Public Transportation

By | 2018-03-15T12:28:44+00:00 March 12th 2018|Categories: Inclusion|Tags: , , , , , |

Accessible public transportation is a critical component of future urban development. Worldwide, more than one billion people live with a disability, and the number of people over the age of 60 is expected to double by 2050. Countries should prioritise accessible mobility—and development agencies can help by encouraging community participation, sharing best practices, and raising awareness, says Jelena Auracher.

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Learning from a Frontrunner: German and U.S. Towns Partner on Climate Action

By | 2018-03-12T12:17:01+00:00 March 12th 2018|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, PARTICIPATION|Tags: , , , |

Saerbeck, Germany’s award-winning climate protection project serves as a model for many other towns. Ulrich Gunka shows how the municipality, working with its citizens, transformed a former army ammunition depot into a bioenergy park and how it shares their insights with other cities in the world.

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Hyperlocal Neighbourhood Networks: Building Social Capital and Empowering Local Urban Communities

By | 2018-02-28T14:50:56+00:00 February 28th 2018|Categories: Inclusion, PARTICIPATION|Tags: , , , |

It has never been easier to stay in touch with family, friends and colleagues, wherever they live. Yet most of us still lack a digital infrastructure for connecting with the people living next door. Despite their success in some developed countries, hyperlocal social networks are not a fixture of most local communities. Hence, nebenan.de, Germany’s first hyperlocal communication platform, could offer a model for communities in developing countries seeking to leverage the power of hyperlocal communication to increase social capital, says co-founder Michael Vollmann.

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Cities should be built for people – Let us start with creating safe public spaces for everyone

By | 2017-10-14T15:09:03+00:00 June 30th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, PUBLIC SPACES|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In South Africa, historical shortcomings in city planning by the apartheid regime, rapid urbanisation, and a lack of economic opportunities have increased inequity and social exclusion. Faced with high rates of violence and crime, citizens are getting involved in enhancing safety in public spaces. Margo Weimers and her co-authors present an example from the city of Johannesburg.

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“People need to own public space” – Interview with Ebru Gencer from the Center for Urban Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience

By | 2017-10-14T15:25:17+00:00 March 14th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, PUBLIC SPACES|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Urban populations face risks, not only in regard to natural disasters and climate change, but also in terms of social problems such as unsafe public spaces. In an interview with URBANET, Ebru Gencer from CUDRR+R explains how cities and local governments can make cities more resilient and manage risks effectively.

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“I hope the New Urban Agenda will be a tool” – An interview with Sonia Dias from WIEGO

By | 2017-10-14T15:26:28+00:00 March 10th 2017|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , |

Sonia Dias has been working with grassroots organizations and in the informal sector in Brazil and beyond since the 1980s. A sociologist by training, her work focusses on participatory processes in waste management, always keeping the focus on the role of women in this field. In an interview with URBANET she spoke about what women can do to better make their voice heard and be more empowered in the city.

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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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New Partnerships between civil society actors and government institutions

By | 2017-10-14T16:12:16+00:00 September 1st 2016|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, MULTI-STAKEHOLDER PARTNERSHIPS|Tags: , , , , , |

There is a growing recognition that the ambitious goal of transforming fast-growing cities into major globally attractive hubs of the world economy cannot be reached without including the urban poor as cooperation partners in housing and urban development processes. This situation, combined with pressure from civil society groups, has opened new space for the encounter between civil society and state organisations. Peter Herrle, Josefine Fokdal, Astrid Ley and Sonja Nebel assess this situation in their Cities Alliance background paper, of which an extract is published here.

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New solutions to existing problems: The role of grassroots organizations in community development

By | 2017-10-14T16:16:54+00:00 July 27th 2016|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, PARTICIPATION|Tags: , , , , |

To be able to achieve good governance, local governments must not only work together with communities, but also grant them a certain amount of responsibility. In an interview with URBANET, Diana Mitlin, Managing Director of the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester, talks about the importance of community-led development and the value grassroots organisations can add to local communities.

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“One actor alone doesn’t have the solution” – leading urban change collectively

By | 2017-10-14T16:18:27+00:00 July 25th 2016|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, MULTI-STAKEHOLDER PARTNERSHIPS, PEER-LEARNING & CO-PRODUCTION|Tags: , , , , , , |

Multi-stakeholder partnerships and the capacity to lead change collectively are decisive if we aim for the creation of a sustainable urban future. In an interview with Urbanet, Petra Kuenkel, Executive Director of the Collective Leadership Institute, presented her insights on the success factors of urban development partnerships and their implications for the New Urban Agenda.

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