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Green Infrastructure in Mexico: A Booster for Healthier Cities

By |October 17th 2018| green & smart development, health & education, Uncategorized, urban mobility, , , , , |

Citizens of Mexico City face serious health issues – due to failures in urban planning, says Auribel Villa. Green infrastructure development significantly supports cities' ways towards becoming healthier and thus more liveable.

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SDG Indicators for Municipalities

By |October 10th 2018| governance & finance, mutli stakeholder partnerships, Uncategorized, , , , |

While the SDGs represent truly global goals, their implementation relies on local efforts. The initiative “SDG Indicators for Municipalities” by various stakeholders in Germany offers an extremely useful tool that allows to measure progress while paying attention to the specifics of individual municipalities.

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Promoting Healthy Municipalities in Central America and the Caribbean

By |October 4th 2018| health & education, , , , , |

Municipal efforts to improve access to health care can reduce existing inequalities in Central America and the Caribbean, says Agustín Muñoz del Guayo.

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Empowering Youth to Make Informed Sexual and Reproductive Health Decisions

By |October 2nd 2018| health & education, , , , , , , |

Rates of unplanned pregnancies and STD infections are high among youth in Kenya’s informal settlements. Jane Otai from Jhpiego calls for comprehensive education and non-judgmental health services.

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Shortcomings of Brazil’s Minha Casa, Minha Vida Programme

By |September 27th 2018| basic infrastructure & housing, global urban debates, housing & informality, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , |

Brazil's social housing programme Minha Casa, Minha Vida prides itself on having delivered an enormous amount of affordable housing. But putting a roof over people's heads is not sufficient if the settlements are located on the far outskirts of a city, depriving residents of access to urban resources, claims Clarisse Cunha Linke.

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6 Features That Make Brazil’s Affordable Housing Programme Good for People and the Environment

By |September 26th 2018| basic infrastructure & housing, global urban debates, housing & informality, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , |

“Minha Casa, Minha Vida” (My House, My Life) is Brazil’s largest affordable housing project to this day. Priscila Pacheco describes the buildings’ sustainability features that benefit the residents and the environment.

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Fostering Multilevel Governance: The Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues

By |September 25th 2018| global urban debates, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , , |

The Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues are a highly efficient tool towards achieving the goals set in the Paris Agreement. This can be seen in examples from Togo, the Philippines, Indonesia, South Africa, and Ecuador, writes Jisun Hwang from the ICLEI.

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Policy Reform, not Evictions! The Case of Slum Urbanisation in Khartoum, Sudan

By |September 20th 2018| housing & informality, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , |

A radical reform of Khartoum’s housing policy is required to improve the living conditions of slum dwellers. For this, we need to examine the socio-economic situation of the urban poor and of those who live in the city’s informal settlements.

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Room for Improvement: How to (Better) Integrate Housing and Labour Markets

By |September 19th 2018| basic infrastructure & housing, decent work, housing & informality, , , , |

Housing and labour are mutually dependent, but their connection is overlooked in economic policies most of the time. Edmundo Werna, Ramin Keivani and Youngha Cho argue that a closer look and a different understanding of how the two markets are linked will lead to more effective solutions and better housing and livelihood conditions, especially in the Global South.

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