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Sustainable Africa: Why Cities of the Future Must Consider Health in Urban Planning

By |September 29th 2020|Categories: Global Urban Debates, Urban Health|Tags: , , |

In a rapidly urbanising world, cities must consider the health impacts of urban policies and projects. Meelan Thondoo and Mark Nieuwenhuijsen highlight the situation in Mauritius’ capital Port Louis and make a strong case for participatory quantitative Health Impact Assessments, a promising and practical tool to ensure healthy, equity-driven and sustainable cities.

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Mapping Makoko: A Community Stating its Right to Exist

By |September 24th 2020|Categories: Housing & Informality, Smart & Digital Development|Tags: , , |

Makoko, one of Lagos' largest slums, used to be a blank spot on the map for most of its history. This has been changing with a community-based digital mapping project that enables the residents to articulate their rights.

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An Epidemic Might Cure Venice

By |September 22nd 2020|Categories: Global Urban Debates, Smart & Digital Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , , |

Researchers from MIT Civic Data Design Lab investigate Venice's tourism dynamics by employing spatial data on urban form and tourist facilities. Their goal is to envision what Venice's post-pandemic urban life could look like.

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I (don’t) want to live here! Exploring perceptions of liveability in Bangladesh

By |September 17th 2020|Categories: Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Global Urban Debates, Participation|Tags: , |

What makes people prefer one place over another? Liveability is a popular topic, but smaller cities are still left unexplored. Istiakh Ahmed from the International Centre for Climate Change and Development wonders what residents in coastal Bangladesh consider a liveable, even loveable city.

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Building Resilience from the Ground Up: Indonesia’s Coastal Cities

By |September 15th 2020|Categories: Climate Change & Resilience|Tags: , , |

As one of the most vulnerable countries to the effects of climate change and sea level rise, Indonesia’s archipelago may be a wellspring of solutions for the future of coastal cities in the region. It has to start from the ground up argues Barry Beagen, Programme Director at Kota Kita Foundation.

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What it’s Like to be a Woman during COVID-19 – The Indian Experience

By |September 10th 2020|Categories: Urban Health, Youth & Gender|Tags: , , , |

What happens when you combine a country’s taboo on female menstrual health with the impact of a global pandemic? Dr Saswati Chaudhuri highlights the situation of the urban poor in India and paints a rather alarming picture of how the most common needs of Indian women are (not) met.

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Urban Development in Mumbai and its Effect on Coastal Communities

By |September 8th 2020|Categories: Economic Development|Tags: , , , , |

Coastal regions have always had significant historical and socio-political value, making them the target of ambitious urban development plans. Amit Devale zooms in on the situation of Mumbai’s indigenous coastal tribes and their relationship with the city – and how local government plans affect their lives.

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And I Thought Public Spaces are Meant for Everyone!

By |September 3rd 2020|Categories: Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Youth & Gender|Tags: , , |

Public spaces in India lack even the most basic amenities, making them unsafe for women and the vulnerable. Priya Varadarajan explores different obstacles and solutions – and recounts a very personal tale of what it means to be a woman in today’s India.

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Local Governance in Nigeria: An Unsettling State of Affairs

By |September 1st 2020|Categories: Decentralisation, Governance & Finance|Tags: , , , |

Local governments in Nigeria have financial autonomy – technically. Idayat Hassan, Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development in Abuja, reveals why they are still severely disempowered and what needs to be done to revive them.

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