Economic Development

Meeting the Challenge of Gender Equality in Burkina Faso

By |2021-07-22T12:35:35+02:00July 22nd 2021|Economic Development, Youth & Gender, , , |

In Burkina Faso, women are taking up the challenge of diversifying their professional choices. With the support of CFIAM, they are proving that non-traditional occupations are not the exclusive domain of men. Bernard Zongo shares the main lessons learned.

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Sparking Transformation Towards Inclusive Cities in a Post-Pandemic World

By |2021-04-27T11:03:33+02:00April 27th 2021|Economic Development, Smart & Digital Development, , , |

The global pandemic presents us with many challenges. But the current digital transformation may also be a powerful tool for inclusive city planning. Ramola Naik Singru from the Asian Development Bank highlights key learnings.

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Local Value Addition in India’s and Indonesia’s Construction Raw Materials Sectors

By |2021-01-26T07:54:03+01:00January 26th 2021|Decent Work, Decentralisation, Economic Development, , , , |

Construction raw materials are a source for local value addition – if their potential is fully tapped. The sector project "Extractives and Development" of the “The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources" (BGR) presents its research results – and emphasises the need to pay special attention to labour rights and environmental protection.

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Smart City: Is Africa Ready? Echoes from African Urban Slums

By |2020-11-30T15:12:19+01:00November 12th 2020|Economic Development, Global Urban Debates, Green & Smart Development, , , |

Everyone wants to go smart. But Emana Nsikan-George warns against creating a new class of unfit-for-smart-city urban dwellers, especially when African cities are still struggling with fundamental development goals. A thought-provoking tale of smart fantasies and urban realities.

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It’s Time to Change the Housing Conversation

By |2020-10-06T09:29:06+02:00October 6th 2020|Economic Development, Housing & Informality, Water & Sanitation, , , , , |

Safe, affordable housing is not an end in itself but should be interwoven with other interventions to improve access to related services and benefits. As the pandemic exacerbates shortcomings in housing programmes around the world, Vidhee Garg on the need to re-think housing and to look beyond its purely quantitative aspects.

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Urban Development in Mumbai and its Effect on Coastal Communities

By |2020-09-08T15:48:07+02:00September 8th 2020|Economic Development, , , , , |

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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What Are Effects of Integrating Heritage Conservation Into Urban Planning? A Case Study From Battambang, Cambodia

By |2020-02-27T08:53:26+01:00February 27th 2020|Economic Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

A country influenced by a history of colonial rule, totalitarian regimes, and civil war, urban planning in Cambodia has to be considered within its specific context. Looking at the city of Battambang, Milena Wald analyses the role of heritage conservation in urban planning processes.

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Connecting Systems of Secondary Cities: The Role of Infrastructure and Inter-City Collaborations

By |2020-02-25T08:53:23+01:00February 25th 2020|Economic Development, Smart & Digital Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , |

Secondary cities perform essential sub-national functions within national economies as centres of government administration, education, health, resources, and industry production. Both national policies and international programmes need to be adapted accordingly, write Rene Peter Hohmann and Brian Roberts.

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How Can Social and Economic Development Spring from Art? A Case Study from Halle (Saale), Germany

By |2020-02-11T09:12:47+01:00February 11th 2020|Economic Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

In Halle, a collective of urban planners, teachers, artists, students, and volunteers painted a whole district with street art and graffiti, demonstrating that these techniques can lead to positive social, cultural, and economic impact in shrinking and neglected areas.

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Urban Settings Need New Approaches

By |2021-02-23T14:48:17+01:00December 12th 2019|Economic Development, Energy & Waste, Urban Health, Water & Sanitation, , , , , , , , |

The traditional relief-rehabilitation-development paradigm does not hold true in urban conflict zones. A combined approach of long-term support for systems reinforcing short-term support for individuals would meet people’s needs, secure development gains, and represent value for money. The cost of failing to adapt is simply too high, argues Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

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Urbanisation in Fragile Societies: Thinking about Kabul

By |2019-12-04T15:56:19+01:00December 4th 2019|Economic Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , , |

As part of the Blavatnik School of Government's “Challenges of Government” Conference, the International Growth Centre's Cities that Work team put together a panel on identity and legitimacy in Kabul. The discussion highlighted the importance of building legitimacy in fragile contexts, particularly given the emergence of fragmented identities and new networks of solidarity, resistance and governance in urban contexts affected by conflict.

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An Untapped Pool of Talent: Young Women in Latin America

By |2020-06-22T12:26:06+02:00February 26th 2019|Decent Work, Economic Development, Youth & Gender, , , , , , |

Across Latin America, software developers are urgently needed. Laboratoria, an organisation launched in Lima, Peru, focusses on meeting this demand – and, at the same time, opens urban labour markets for women.

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Act Globally, Act Locally

By |2020-06-22T12:48:04+02:00February 14th 2019|Economic Development, Smart & Digital Development, Youth & Gender, , , , , |

An oft mentioned phrase in development parlance is “think globally, act locally”. Yet, when the change we seek is improved livelihoods globally, is local action enough? Doug Ragan, Rolf Wichmann, and Raphael Obonyo claim that local action is critical yet can’t be done in isolation of national and international realities. In their article, they explore different interventions that can be utilised to address the issue of improving youth livelihoods through interventions from the local to the global.

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More Than Income: How Selling Household Items Can Transform Slum Communities

By |2020-06-22T12:48:14+02:00February 12th 2019|Climate Change & Resilience, Decent Work, Economic Development, Youth & Gender, , , , , |

"LivelyHoods" forges economic opportunities for youth and women in Kenyan slums – while at the same time promoting clean energy. What are the project's success factors and what challenges does it face?

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