Divided Cities and the Need to Move Forward

By |2018-11-13T09:53:50+00:00November 13th 2018|global urban debates, Tags: , , , , , |

Almost every major city is heterogeneous in terms of culture and ethnicity. This implies that every city is divided to a certain extent. Yet, there are some cities that are ‘more’ divided than others. Gizem Caner analyses development patterns of such extremely divided cities, using examples from Beirut, Berlin, Jerusalem, Nicosia, and Belfast.

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Cape Town, South Africa: Building a Network of Street Enthusiasts

By |2018-11-06T10:55:51+00:00November 6th 2018|global urban debates, urban mobility, Tags: , , , , |

What is the glue holding our cities together? Marcela Guerrero, co-founder and managing director at Open Streets Cape Town, believes that the answer lies in the streets. In an open exchange with others, the initiative is building a network of fellow street enthusiasts in the Global South.

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Local Governments, Climate Change and Multi-Level Governance

By |2018-11-05T11:26:25+00:00November 1st 2018|global urban debates, urban & metropolitan governance, Tags: , , |

Transformative local climate action is essential as cities both significantly contribute to climate change and suffer from its consequences. A new study explores how different multi-level climate governance instruments can support the realisation of local climate mitigation and adaptation.

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Shortcomings of Brazil’s Minha Casa, Minha Vida Programme

By |2018-09-27T09:14:37+00:00September 27th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, global urban debates, housing & informality, urban & metropolitan governance, Tags: , , , |

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+00:00September 26th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, global urban debates, housing & informality, urban & metropolitan governance, Tags: , , , |

“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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Fostering Multilevel Governance: The Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues

By |2018-09-25T10:34:17+00:00September 25th 2018|global urban debates, urban & metropolitan governance, Tags: , , , , , |

The Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues are a highly efficient tool towards achieving the goals set in the Paris Agreement. This can be seen in examples from Togo, the Philippines, Indonesia, South Africa, and Ecuador, writes Jisun Hwang from the ICLEI.

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San Francisco Climate Summit Not Global Enough for Developing World Leaders

By |2018-09-18T08:56:03+00:00September 17th 2018|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, urban & metropolitan governance, Tags: , , |

For three days San Francisco became a climate change hub, filled with conferences and workshops. Still the Global Climate Action Summit turned out to be focused on the cities of the Global North.

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Infographics: Urban Development in Brazil

By |2018-10-23T10:06:23+00:00September 13th 2018|global urban debates, governance & finance, housing & informality, urban & metropolitan governance, Tags: , , , , , , |

URBANET’s latest infographic series provides you with interesting facts and figures about urbanisation in Brazil.

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Climate Dance in San Francisco

By |2018-09-18T08:56:39+00:00September 11th 2018|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, urban & metropolitan governance, Tags: , , |

This month, representatives of subnational governments are getting together at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. They are hoping to push national governments to adopt more ambitious climate targets.

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The Human Rights Dimensions of India’s Smart Cities Mission

By |2018-08-16T09:32:32+00:00August 16th 2018|global urban debates, green & smart development, inclusion, smart & digital development, Tags: , , , |

Shivani Chaudhry from the Housing and Land Rights Network argues that India’ Smart Cities Mission lacks a human rights dimension – with highly problematic consequences.

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Why the Smart Cities Movement Will Change Indian Cities Profoundly

By |2018-08-16T09:34:26+00:00August 14th 2018|global urban debates, governance & finance, smart & digital development, Tags: , |

The concept of 'smart cities' is celebrated globally as one solution to the problems of urbanisation. Jagan Shah argues that in India, the Smart Cities Mission helps to overcome outdated structures in urban planning and governance.

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Land Governance: Catalyst for Sustainable Urban Development

By |2018-08-02T15:37:15+00:00August 2nd 2018|global urban debates, governance & finance, Tags: , , , , , |

Without land reforms, sustainable urbanisation is set to fail, argues Danilo Antonio from UN-Habitat. In his article, he outlines the conflicting interests around land governance issues and points out ways to secure land access and property rights for all urban dwellers.

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