Real World Civic Tech Implications of South Africa’s Grassroot Platform

By |2019-06-25T09:34:25+02:00June 25th 2019|basic infrastructure & housing, municipal & climate finance, , , , , , |

Enabling participatory democracy is the goal of South Africa's online platform Grassroot, where community members get together to change their municipalities for the better – with considerable success, as Katlego Mohlabane, outreach and campaigns coordinator at Grassroot, illustrates with examples from Mnandini and Mzondi.

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A City in Transition: The Future of Transportation in Ho Chi Minh City

By |2019-05-21T12:38:23+02:00May 21st 2019|basic infrastructure & housing, green & smart development, urban mobility, , , , , |

With a growing population and economy, Ho Chi Minh City faces important decisions regarding transportation infrastructure. Robert Marshall calls for a contextual approach.

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When Communities Transform Old Socialist Housing into Adequate Housing – Part 2

By |2019-05-14T10:06:30+02:00May 14th 2019|basic infrastructure & housing, , , , |

Socialist-era apartment buildings in Vietnam’s cities, so-called KTT, are decaying rapidly. Tenants’ community organisations could help upgrade them and prevent redevelopment, says Boram Kimhur.

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Building from Scratch and Sand

By |2019-05-07T09:32:30+02:00May 7th 2019|basic infrastructure & housing, green & smart development, housing & informality, , , , |

Urban areas around the world face the challenge of delivering affordable housing to ever growing populations. Availability and expenses of both building material and skilled workers are a common hindrance. Turning sand into a revolutionary new building material might offer a solution, writes PolyCare Co-Founder Dr Gerhard Dust.

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Infographics: Urban Development in Viet Nam

By |2019-09-03T11:28:05+02:00May 2nd 2019|basic infrastructure & housing, global urban debates, green & smart development, housing & informality, , , , , , |

URBANET’s latest infographic series with interesting facts and figures about urbanisation and urban development in Viet Nam.

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Infrastructure and SDGs in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

By |2019-04-30T08:44:32+02:00April 30th 2019|basic infrastructure & housing, governance & finance, , , , , , , |

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, commits to implementation of the SDGs. To this end, the city focusses on sustainable construction, always ensuring to align the SDGs with national policies.

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Cape Town’s Future is Renewable

By |2019-03-26T09:23:35+02:00March 26th 2019|basic infrastructure & housing, energy & waste, , , , |

Cape Town is committed to providing clean, affordable and accessible energy to all its residents. Increasing the use of renewable energy, implementing innovative financing options, and challenging national energy legislation are some of the ways the city hopes to shift away from a history of inequality, writes Mary Haw.

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Using Forests for Water Treatment: An Example from Rio de Janeiro

By |2019-03-21T10:01:21+02:00March 21st 2019|basic infrastructure & housing, water & sanitation, , , , |

Ecosystem loss and degradation contributes to water insecurity worldwide – natural infrastructure strategies that protect and restore natural systems aim to halt and reverse this trend. Suzanne Ozment and Rafael Feltran-Barbieri discuss how water utilities can profit from restoring ecosystems.

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What Hides Behind the Concept of Digital Water?

By |2019-03-19T11:18:50+02:00March 19th 2019|basic infrastructure & housing, water & sanitation, , , |

How can digitalisation of urban services increase sustainable urbanisation? What different approaches and innovations already exist and have proven successful? Kala Vairavamoorthy, director of the International Water Association addresses these questions.

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A Place Like Too Many Others: Gender Inequality in Bawana, Delhi

By |2019-03-08T09:17:30+02:00March 8th 2019|basic infrastructure & housing, water & sanitation, , , , , , , |

In urban settlements around the world, city administrations struggle, and often fail, to provide essential services, safe spaces, and socio-economic securities to residents. While this poses difficulties and dangers to all inhabitants, the consequences of such neglect are especially severe for low-income women and girls.

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The Shape of Economic Growth

By |2019-01-24T13:52:41+02:00January 22nd 2019|basic infrastructure & housing, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , , , |

With more and more people moving to cities, the question arises how to organise urban expansion in a way that ensures economic growth and quality of life. Nina Harari discusses which urban configurations can best accommodate urban growth and whether a city's shape influences its economic development.

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Casa Minha Nosso Bairro: Inclusive Urban Development in Maputo, Mozambique

By |2018-11-08T12:20:42+02:00November 8th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, housing & informality, , , , , |

Projects aimed at the upgrading of settlements often face the question of how to increase living standards for all residents – while keeping housing costs at a level affordable for the original population. The initiative "Casa Minha Nosso Bairro" takes an innovative approach towards this issue, aiming at living conditions that nurture a peaceful living environment for all urban residents

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Urban Slums in Nigeria: Ensuring Healthy Living Conditions

By |2018-10-25T12:08:28+02:00October 25th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, health & education, housing & informality, , , , , , |

Many of Lagos’ residents live in informal settlements with no or limited access to basic services. With new immigrants arriving from rural areas every day, pressure increases on the already poor living conditions. Comprehensive action is needed to tackle interconnected social, environmental and health issues, says Olaoluwa Pheabian Akinwale.

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Shortcomings of Brazil’s Minha Casa, Minha Vida Programme

By |2018-09-27T09:14:37+02:00September 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 |2018-09-26T12:28:21+02:00September 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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