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How the Pandemic Can Teach Us to Leave No Child Behind

By |January 13th 2022|Categories: Smart & Digital Development, Youth & Gender|Tags: , , , |

While online learning may not be the panacea for problems caused and amplified by COVID-19, it’s certainly a great place to start, writes Lindiwe Matlali, Founder and CEO of Africa Teen Geeks.

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A Sustainable Urban Future: The Role of Early Childhood Education

By |January 11th 2022|Categories: Youth & Gender|Tags: , , , |

Playing is learning – and a way to teach young children the principles of sustainable urban development. The Toy Library Association of Kenya wants every child and every educational facility to have access to tools for playful education for sustainable development. By Lilian A. Oloo

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It’s Just Architecture! The Venice Biennale Architettura 2021

By |December 22nd 2021|Categories: Basic Infrastructure & Housing|Tags: , , |

“We need a new spatial contract”, says Hashim Sarkis, curator of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition, inviting participants from all around the globe to ponder sustainability and the question ‘How will we live together’. But how just and sustainable can architecture truly be? A critical review by Aseman G. Bahadori

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Why Cities Are Letting Down Children

By |December 14th 2021|Categories: Urban Health, Youth & Gender|Tags: , , |

Many diseases are caused by environmental risks – and it is our youngest and most vulnerable who need utmost protection. Yet, they are not getting what they deserve, says Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, Director of Air Pollution and Urban Environment at ISGlobal. A plea for urgent change.

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Refugees in Towns: Strengthening Inclusion Through Education

By |December 9th 2021|Categories: Global Urban Debates|Tags: , , , |

How can cities include refugees and foster their civil participation? Access to education plays a key role. The Refugees in Towns project draws examples of best practices from around the world. By Jacob Ewing

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Four Ways to Democratise Research on Urban Land Rights

By |December 7th 2021|Categories: Housing & Informality|Tags: , , |

Inclusive research design has the potential to turn “beneficiaries” into experts and agents of change. Rebecca Enobong Roberts makes a strong case for why urban land rights researchers need to proactively consult the groups they study, not just observe them.

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Struggling for Reproductive Justice in Public, Private, and In-Between: Feminist Abortion Activism Beyond the Streets of Buenos Aires

By |December 2nd 2021|Categories: Urban Health, Youth & Gender|Tags: , , , |

When thinking about political activism in urban settings, feminist strategies for increasing access to safe abortion provide important insights into how different kinds of spaces can be used for political action — particularly when it comes to issues that cannot be fully addressed through public protest. Discussing strategies of abortion activism in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Lea Happ illustrates why we have to think about private and digital spaces as important for political action.

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How Cities Understand the Fight Against Climate Change – An Assessment through Local Climate Change Plans

By |November 30th 2021|Categories: Climate Change & Resilience, Municipal & Climate Finance|Tags: , |

Despite the importance of adapting to climate change, not many cities have a plan to tackle it. From those that do, not all contemplate climate adaptation, which is essential given the irreversible damages that climate change will bring. Cristina Bernal Aparicio takes a look at eleven local climate adaptation plans to assess if cities are ready for the climate challenges to come.

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To Advance Access to Education, Communities Need to Focus on Financial Equity and Literacy

By |November 25th 2021|Categories: Economic Development, Youth & Gender|Tags: , , |

How to improve access to education in small municipalities? Scott Frank and Ronald Kibirige from the InteRoots Initiative present a community-led example from Kasasa, Uganda.

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