Lagos: The Gaps Between Urban Policy and Urban Reality

By |2018-10-30T11:24:28+00:00October 30th 2018|governance & finance, mutli stakeholder partnerships, urban & metropolitan governance, Tags: , , , , |

In Lagos, Nigeria, Public Private Partnerships (PPP) are common in urban planning projects. But whom do they benefit: people or profit? Dr Taibat Lawanson argues that the city's urban development strategy focusses too much on PPPs and thus favours profit over people – and calls to the state government to shift its focus back to a policy that benefits all citizens.

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SDG Indicators for Municipalities

By |2018-10-10T09:23:35+00:00October 10th 2018|governance & finance, mutli stakeholder partnerships, Uncategorized, Tags: , , , |

While the SDGs represent truly global goals, their implementation relies on local efforts. The initiative “SDG Indicators for Municipalities” by various stakeholders in Germany offers an extremely useful tool that allows to measure progress while paying attention to the specifics of individual municipalities.

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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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Mexico: Climate Finance from State to Municipal Level

By |2018-08-29T13:49:34+00:00August 29th 2018|governance & finance, municipal & climate finance, Tags: , , , |

Fulfilling Mexico’s ambitious NDC depends largely on the ability of subnational entities to mitigate climate change. Emily Castro explains how the country approaches its goals.

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The Lagos Water Crisis: Any Role for the Private Sector?

By |2018-08-28T11:35:39+00:00August 28th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, governance & finance, urban & metropolitan governance, water & sanitation, Tags: , , , , , |

Lagos is suffering from severe water shortage due to profit-oriented politics. Akinbode Oluwafemi points out the conflicts and problems around the privatisation of the water sector and offers alternative solutions for one of the world’s most populous cities.

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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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Localisation is Mobilisation: The 2030 Agenda in Asia-Pacific

By |2018-07-23T12:46:15+00:00July 19th 2018|governance & finance, urban & metropolitan governance, Tags: , , , , , , |

It is important to think locally when implementing the SDGs, argues Christopher Dekki. Countries in Asia-Pacific, such as Laos and Sri Lanka, are examples of this successful approach.

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“The SDGs Are Critical in Everything That We Do”

By |2018-07-12T15:20:35+00:00July 12th 2018|governance & finance, Tags: , , , , |

Political will is a huge factor for effective SDG implementation. Yet, it is equally important that people understand the SDGs as something that directly benefits their daily lives. We spoke to Dr. Isaac Mensa-Bonsu from Ghana’s National Development Planning Commission about their lessons learned in implementing the SDGs.

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Interview: The Power of Decentralisation

By |2018-07-12T15:21:16+00:00July 10th 2018|decentralisation, governance & finance, Tags: , , , , , |

Ghana is one of the frontrunner countries dedicated to implementing the SDGs. Highlighting the local perspective, one area of implementation is the revision of the country's National Urban Policy. URBANET spoke to Sylvanus K. Adzornu from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development about key drivers for successful implementation of SDGs.

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Let’s talk about Urban Governance − Abidjan, Ivory Coast

By |2018-07-12T15:24:25+00:00July 2nd 2018|governance & finance, urban & metropolitan governance, Tags: , , , , , , |

There has been consent in international debates that implementing the SDGs requires approaching them from a local perspective. In this very personal account, Alexis Gueu talks about the challenges the city of Abidjan, Ivory Coast is facing – and the urgent need for the municipality to develop urban governance structures to tackle these problems.

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Why the Way We Work Together Will Determine Our Future

By |2018-07-12T15:32:59+00:00June 26th 2018|climate change & resilience, governance & finance, Tags: , , , |

In the third part of our series on the Talanoa Dialogues, Steven Bland from UN-Habitat blogs on the importance of effective multi-level governance for climate change action, and the steps UN-Habitat is taking to promote it.

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Banking the Unbankable: Community Finance in Asia

By |2018-04-10T15:29:43+00:00April 10th 2018|governance & finance, municipal & climate finance, Tags: , , |

Most urban slum dwellers in Asian countries cannot access conventional systems of finance. To get a loan, you need to prove you are creditworthy. But without a pay slip, you are unbankable. People living in poor communities need access to loans and other forms of financing to develop solutions to the serious problems they face, writes Somsook Boonyabancha. With a variety of models and scales ranging from small community funds to national-level networks, community finance is a popular and growing tool that promises to open up new possibilities for the people most in need.

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New approaches for pressing challenges

By |2017-10-14T15:05:04+00:00August 8th 2017|governance & finance, peer learning & co production, Tags: , , , , , |

Most people who are fleeing the war in Syria find shelter in the neighbouring countries. Their host communities are facing the challenge of providing services to a growing population, especially concerning water and energy supply and waste management. A partnership programme makes it possible for municipalities to exchange knowledge and jointly work on solutions.

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Small towns, rural-urban linkages and regional development

By |2017-10-14T15:08:35+00:00July 5th 2017|governance & finance, regional development, Tags: , , , , , , |

Regional development that includes urban and rural areas, people and enterprises is crucial for sustainable development. This is especially the case for low and middle income countries undergoing the urban transition, and for countries where employment opportunities need to be created in both urban and rural areas for a growing and youthful population.

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