An Untapped Pool of Talent: Young Women in Latin America

By |2019-02-26T08:41:27+02:00February 26th 2019|decent work, economic development, , , , , ,

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 |2019-02-14T13:07:39+02:00February 14th 2019|economic development, smart & digital development, , , , ,

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 |2019-02-12T10:24:18+02:00February 12th 2019|climate change & resilience, decent work, economic development, , , , ,

"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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Youth Employment in Lagos, Nigeria: Challenges and Opportunities

By |2019-02-07T09:09:34+02:00February 7th 2019|decent work, economic development, , , , , ,

In Lagos, youth are believed to constitute about 50 per cent of the population, equalling over 10 million people. Facing high rates unemployment and an ever-growing population, decision-makers need to understand both the challenges and the opportunities that characterise youth employment in Lagos, argues Oje Ivagba

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Rural-Urban Migration and Youth Unemployment in Nigeria: Why Public Programmes Fail

By |2019-02-06T12:04:21+02:00February 6th 2019|decent work, economic development, , , , , ,

With many young Nigerians relocating from rural to urban areas, unemployment is on the rise. Charles Ogheneruonah Eghweree and Festus Imuetinyan sketch out possible policy responses.

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Creative Industries in South Africa: An Engine for Urban Regeneration

By |2019-02-05T13:02:49+02:00February 5th 2019|economic development, , , , , ,

The concept of “creative cities” enjoys widespread popularity. Oluwayemisi Adebola Oyekunle explains how the creative industries are contributing to urban revitalisation in South Africa.

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Urban Regeneration After Catastrophe: The Fire at Omdurman Market

By |2019-01-30T09:46:50+02:00January 29th 2019|economic development, , , ,

After the failed response of the local government to the fire at Omdurman Market, it is time to think about an adequate urban regeneration plan that would boost local economic development in Omdurman City, says Khalafalla Omer.

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Reducing Youth Crime Through Employment? An Example from Papua New Guinea

By |2019-01-24T13:52:05+02:00January 24th 2019|economic development, , , , , ,

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea has high rates of youth crime – and an employment programme aimed at changing this to the better. How effective are such programmes? Oleksiy Ivaschenko presents the findings of his recent study to URBANET.

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Bangalore: A Vibrant and Dynamic Indian City With An Uncertain Future?

By |2019-01-24T13:53:27+02:00January 17th 2019|economic development, , , , ,

Bangalore is perhaps one of the most prominent examples for urban growth and vibrant economic activity. M H Bala Subrahmanya explains the city’s ascent to success – and its downsides.

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Can Urban Planning Serve Local Economic Development?

By |2019-01-24T13:54:12+02:00January 15th 2019|economic development, , , , , ,

In Kampala, Uganda, the immensely fast rate of urbanisation makes it hard for urban planners to keep up with developments. Madina Guloba argues that this makes it more important than ever for sustainable urban planning to keep local economic development (LED) approaches in mind.

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Promoting Sustainable Urban Development Through Impact Innovation

By |2019-01-24T13:54:57+02:00January 10th 2019|economic development, smart & digital development, , , , ,

Human-centred impact innovation can be an extraordinary source of social and economic growth for cities and metropolitan areas in developing regions that drives growth of urban communities, supporting equitable and sustainable development and inclusive prosperity.

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Empowering Syrian Refugees Through Cash for Work Programmes

By |2018-12-18T13:25:44+02:00December 18th 2018|decent work, economic development, , , , , , , ,

Living as a refugee is difficult, and often aggravated by not being able to work and earn money in your host country. In Southern Jordan, refugees and locals take part in urban regeneration efforts.

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The Urban Spring of May 1st

By |2018-05-03T14:07:37+02:00May 3rd 2018|decent work, economic development, , , , ,

Cities throughout the world face the challenge of how to create more – and decent – jobs. On Labour Day, Edmundo Werna makes the case for an extensive urban dialogue as a necessary condition for a proactive employment policy.

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Why it is worth considering consumer trends among the new middle classes

By |2017-12-07T13:32:08+02:00December 7th 2017|economic development, green & smart development, , ,

With middle classes growing in middle-income countries, the challenge arises how to reconcile increasing consumption with finite resources. Can consumer behaviour be channelled in a way that makes it sustainable? Babette Never reports from a workshop that has explored this question.

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