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Addressing the Housing Affordability Challenge: A Shared Responsibility

By |October 31st 2020|Categories: Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Global Urban Debates, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: |

On World Cities Day, Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, presents some recommendations on how to ensure affordable, accessible, and adequate housing for all.

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Bottom-Up Movements Revitalised – What is Different This Time?

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

Concluding our insight series on the event "Inclusive Cities – The Next Generation", Celine D'Cruz (Urban Development Practitioner), Franziska Schreiber (University of Stuttgart), and Nancy Naser Al Deen (TU Berlin) discuss ways of transformative change in cities based on the needs of its communities and protest culture structures.

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“Leadership and Project Finance is All You Need” – Whatever Happened to the Notion of Urban Transformation?

By |October 28th 2020|Categories: Global Urban Debates|Tags: , , |

Round 2 of our special focus week on ICLEI’s Daring Cities Conference includes highly critical and promising insights from Max Lohmann (C40 / GIZ), Hilmar von Lojewski (Association of German Cities), and Sarah Colenbrander (Overseas Development Institute).

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Global Agendas, National Urban Policies – Does Anybody Care?

By |October 27th 2020|Categories: Global Urban Debates|Tags: , , |

We are delighted to kick off our special focus week on Inclusive Cities with inputs by Billy Cobbett (Cities Alliance), Tobias Kettner (World Food Programme), and Tina Silbernagl (GIZ) on the question if and how global agendas, supra-national conventions, national urban policies and multilateral organisations and partnerships are critical instruments to promote value-based urban development.

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Contestations over Informal Settlements: Which Way Forward? An Interview

By |October 22nd 2020|Categories: Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Housing & Informality, Inclusion|Tags: , , |

Ethiopia is experiencing unprecedented population growth. Despite large government housing programs, there are more and more informal settlements in the country, and cases of forceful displacement and evictions are on the rise. In the virtual event “Ways forward for informal settlements”, Tania Berger from Danube University Krems discusses options for inclusive urbanisation with an international panel.

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Green Recovery in Cities: From Instant Reaction to a Sustainable Future

By |October 20th 2020|Categories: Climate Change & Resilience, Municipal & Climate Finance|Tags: , , , |

All over the world, cities are grappling with the pandemic's social and economic impacts. Carmen Vogt, Philip Koch, and Lukas Prinz present some inspiring examples from Latin America that showcase how cities can build back better.

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Why Housing Matters: The Impact of Affordable Housing for People on Low Incomes

By |October 15th 2020|Categories: Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Global Urban Debates, Urban Health|Tags: , , |

Good and affordable housing is key to people’s well-being. Andrew Jones presents the latest research from social enterprise Reall and unpacks what impact it has on the bottom 40 per cent of the income pyramid.

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Unplanned Housing in Bangladesh: The Problem with Housing Societies

By |October 13th 2020|Categories: Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , |

When the government can’t provide sufficient housing, private co-operatives seem like a good idea – until they are not. Dr Mohammad Rezaul Karim provides a rare insight into the housing situation in urban Bangladesh and the consequences of unplanned housing.

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India’s Housing Crisis: A Gender Perspective

By |October 8th 2020|Categories: Housing & Informality, Youth & Gender|Tags: , |

With 17 per cent of India's urban population living in informal settlements, affordable housing has become a pressing issue. It is imperative, writes Swapnil Saxena, that any housing scheme recognises the particular vulnerabilities women experience in urban settings and focusses on women’s rights.

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