Mozambique’s Stand-by Generation

By | 2017-10-14T15:20:00+00:00 April 13th 2017|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, PARTICIPATION|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In the International Development world, “youth” constitutes a critical variable to look at in any given country. Policy makers believe that more educated generations with better health and economic conditions than their parents are the absolute precondition for achieving long-term economic and social development. They are also aware that a frustrated youth is a serious threat to political stability and economic growth.

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“We need to develop urban rights” – An interview with Claudio Orrego, mayor of Santiago de Chile

By | 2017-10-14T15:22:07+00:00 March 30th 2017|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, URBAN & METROPOLITAN GOVERNANCE|Tags: , , , , , |

Santiago de Chile is one of the most well-developed and safe cities in Latin America. We spoke to its mayor Claudio Orrego not only about what metropolitan governance means in Santiago, but also about the current situation in Chile, how urban justice can be enforced and why it is so important to invest in public goods for the urban poor.

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“The New Urban Agenda lacks a human rights focus” – Interview with Shivani Chaudhry from the Housing and Land Rights Network

By | 2017-10-14T15:23:27+00:00 March 23rd 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, HOUSING & INFORMALITY|Tags: , , , , , , |

The absence of a human rights approach and the lack of a focus on social justice in the New Urban Agenda is an cause of concern, says Shivani Chaudry from the Housing and Land Rights Network. In her interview with URBANET, she discusses these issues in relation to housing.

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“Everyone has to bring something to the table” – An Interview with Janice Perlman, founder of the Mega Cities Project

By | 2017-10-14T15:31:05+00:00 February 10th 2017|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, MULTI-STAKEHOLDER PARTNERSHIPS|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Inequality and insufficient political and social structures in developing countries and and in the megacities of the Global South are still a huge problem, and change only occurs slowly. To enable cities to share their experiences and their efforts to bring about change, Janice Perlman founded the Mega Cities Project.

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Spotlight on livable cities, Part IV: Building livable cities

By | 2017-10-25T22:01:20+00:00 December 1st 2016|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, DISASTER RISK REDUCTION, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT, INCLUSION|Tags: , , , , , , , |

What do cities in India need to be more livable? In the four part series "Spotlight on livable cities", ISOCARP Vice-President Shipra Narang Suri aims to answer this question by approaching it from various angles, giving examples from different areas of urban planning. In this fourth part, she explains what is concretely being done against the factors that threaten the livability of India's cities and concludes by saying that there needs to be a fundamental shift in the way planners and policy-makers approach urban development.

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Spotlight on livable cities, Part III: Responding to the challenge of livability

By | 2017-10-14T15:43:49+00:00 November 29th 2016|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, HOUSING & INFORMALITY, INCLUSION|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

What do cities in India need to be more livable? In the four part series "Spotlight on livable cities", ISOCARP Vice-President Shipra Narang Suri aims to answer this question by approaching it from various angles, giving examples from different areas of urban planning. In this third part, she talks about how Indian cities could be made more livable by improving urban services, mobility, public-private partnerships and the situation in slums.

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Spotlight on livable cities, Part II: The Changing Mechanisms of Planning

By | 2017-10-14T15:44:20+00:00 November 23rd 2016|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, HOUSING & INFORMALITY, INTEGRATED PLANNING|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

What do cities in India need to be more livable? In the four part series "Spotlight on livable cities", ISOCARP Vice-President Shipra Narang Suri aims to answer this question by approaching it from various angles, giving examples from different areas of urban planning. In this second part, she talks about urban building master plans, the land housing market in India's cities and the urban poor.

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“Nobody plans for slums” – An interview with SDI’s Sarah Nandudu

By | 2017-10-14T15:46:17+00:00 November 17th 2016|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, HOUSING & INFORMALITY|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Slums and informal settlements are not just a matter of housing quality, they also affect the quality of life that people have, their health and their chances at a good education. At the Habitat III conference in Quito, URBANET talked to Sarah Nandudu, vice-chairperson of the National Slum Dwellers Federation of Uganda, about community building in slums, the responsibility of the New Urban Agenda, and what formal settlements can still learn from informal ones.

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The Urban Informal Economy: Towards more inclusive Cities

By | 2017-10-14T16:14:14+00:00 August 16th 2016|Categories: DECENT WORK, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , , |

In many countries, informal employment still makes up a large proportion of the economy. Yet local governments often do nothing to protect these workers and instead they are frequently subject to discrimination. Marty Chen, Sally Roever and Caroline Skinner from the WIEGO Network show ways in which they can organize to claim their rights and be better included in urban policy processes.

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Governance and accountability – building partnerships with the urban poor

By | 2017-10-14T16:27:18+00:00 July 21st 2016|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , , , |

In the international context, public private partnerships are gaining more and more relevance. To avoid leaving the urban poor behind in these processes, many Asian cities have established community driven partnerships to promote inclusiveness.

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