Governance & Finance

SPOTLIGHT ON: URBAN LABS AND INNOVATION

Building A Home For Bicycles In Langa

By |2022-04-26T10:13:22+02:00April 26th 2022|Governance & Finance, Urban Mobility, , , , |

The bicycle hub in Cape Town's township of Langa started as a small community initiative that delivered medicine to bedridden people in the neighbourhood. Within just two years, it developed into a local enterprise that shapes mobility patterns in Langa. Founder Mzikhona Mgedle shares a story of success.

SPOTLIGHT ON: DIGITALISATION AND GOVERNANCE

Participation and Digital Tools Fulfil the Quest for Better Quality of Life in Cities

By |2022-02-24T13:26:49+01:00February 24th 2022|Governance & Finance, Green & Smart Development, , , , |

Lack of communication between citizens and municipal administrations can seriously hinder the sustainable development of urban environments. Digital tools are here to help, to increase people’s participation in co-creating more liveable, human-centred cities.

Slippery Fish. Unpacking “Good Urban Governance” to Mobilise Investment for the NDCs

By |2021-09-28T15:03:33+02:00September 24th 2021|Governance & Finance, Municipal & Climate Finance, , , |

Good governance is key for achieving the national CO2 emission reductions, known as Nationally Determined Contributions. But the “how-to” remains undescribed. Scott A. Muller presents us with local experiences to close this gap.

Urban Migration: To Meet the Needs of Migrants and Displaced People, Trust Cities

By |2021-09-23T09:36:09+02:00September 23rd 2021|Global Urban Debates, Governance & Finance, , , |

The international community should direct their support towards city governments to advance good urban governance that responds to the realities of urban migration, argues Samer Saliba from the Mayors Migration Council.

Can Access to Budget Information Empower Citizens and Enhance Urban Governance? A Perspective from South Africa

By |2021-08-31T10:18:06+02:00August 31st 2021|Governance & Finance, , , |

Fiscal transparency and public participation play a vital role in building more democratic spaces and fostering trust between people and their government. However, this requires the fostering of genuine multi-stakeholder collaboration, argues Zukiswa Kota.

Integrating Water and Sanitation with Wider Slum Upgrading

By |2021-07-08T08:33:04+02:00July 8th 2021|Governance & Finance, , , , |

Sam Drabble, Sara Márquez Martín, and Jane Weru explore how water and sanitation can and should be better integrated with wider slum upgrading initiatives.

Which Governance Factors Drive Urban Zero-Carbon Transformation?

By |2021-07-01T08:16:14+02:00July 1st 2021|Governance & Finance, Multi Stakeholder Partnerships, Municipal & Climate Finance, , , |

Urban climate action is essential for global carbon neutrality. A study by the German Development Institute has assessed the importance of stakeholder involvement, financing, and impact assessment for urban zero-carbon transformation.

Urban Resilience in Jordan: Shocks, Stressors and Pointers for Moving Forward

By |2021-06-10T10:09:40+02:00June 10th 2021|Governance & Finance, , , |

Climate change and urban growth, political tensions and a global pandemic on top – how can cities respond and take action towards a more sustainable future? Dr Deyala Tarawneh offers insights from Amman.

How a Misdirected Land Use Law Disregards Coastal Dwellers’ Rights

By |2021-03-25T10:33:04+01:00March 25th 2021|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Governance & Finance, , , , |

Lagos' Waterfront Infrastructure Development Law facilitates the sacrifice of the rights of coastal residents to commercial real estate development. Omotayo Odukola on the constitution and unjust implementation of a land use law.

Land Rights in Africa Are About People, Not Paperwork

By |2021-03-02T15:31:23+01:00March 2nd 2021|Governance & Finance, , , , |

As part of the Prindex global dataset, people in 34 sub-Saharan countries were asked about their feelings of security or fear regarding possible eviction. Dr Ibrahima Ka and Cynthia Berning share intriguing findings.

Local Governance in Nigeria: An Unsettling State of Affairs

By |2020-09-01T09:25:29+02:00September 1st 2020|Decentralisation, Governance & Finance, , , , |

Local governments in Nigeria have financial autonomy – technically. Idayat Hassan, Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development in Abuja, reveals why they are still severely disempowered and what needs to be done to revive them.

When Tax Hits Home: Institutional Barriers to Decentralisation in Freetown

By |2020-08-25T09:15:55+02:00August 25th 2020|Decentralisation, Governance & Finance, Municipal & Climate Finance, , , |

A newly proposed tax reform could quintuple Freetown’s budget for the delivery of much-needed urban services. Yet, a political stalemate may endanger the city’s push for more transparency and progress. Braima Koroma, Dr Joseph Macarthy and Yasmina Yusuf from the Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre spotlight the country’s current state of decentralisation.

Advancing LGBTI Equality: The Rainbow Cities Network

By |2021-11-04T17:06:58+01:00July 14th 2020|Governance & Finance, Youth & Gender, , , |

Cities are crucial actors in fighting discrimination against LGBTI. The Rainbow Cities Network connects them and supports knowledge exchange among them to make this fight a successful one.

In the Face of an Urban Climate Emergency, Collaborate!

By |2020-03-31T07:57:17+02:00March 31st 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, Energy & Waste, Governance & Finance, , |

If urbanisation drives climate change, then mitigating the dangerous effects of global warming must address how we plan, build, and live in cities. Implementing bold national plans requires active cross-sector coordination and collaboration between the local, regional, and national governments.

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