Governance & Finance

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|Categories: Governance & Finance|Tags: , , |

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.

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Integrating Water and Sanitation with Wider Slum Upgrading

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

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

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Which Governance Factors Drive Urban Zero-Carbon Transformation?

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

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.

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

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

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.

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How a Misdirected Land Use Law Disregards Coastal Dwellers’ Rights

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

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.

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Land Rights in Africa Are About People, Not Paperwork

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

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.

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Local Governance in Nigeria: An Unsettling State of Affairs

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

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.

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When Tax Hits Home: Institutional Barriers to Decentralisation in Freetown

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

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.

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Advancing LGBTI Equality: The Rainbow Cities Network

By |2020-07-16T11:14:23+02:00July 14th 2020|Categories: Governance & Finance, Youth & Gender|Tags: , , |

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.

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In the Face of an Urban Climate Emergency, Collaborate!

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

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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How Parking Meter Data Can Help Fight Corruption

By |2019-08-28T11:54:01+02:00August 28th 2019|Categories: Governance & Finance, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , , , , , |

How can cities fight corruption? In Mexico, various cities have successfully worked with open data as an accountability tool that also improves service delivery. Ania Calderón and Eduardo Bohorquéz explain.

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UN-Habitat’s Integrated Municipal Finance Programme – Part 2

By |2021-02-23T14:02:57+01:00August 22nd 2019|Categories: Governance & Finance, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , , , , |

UN-Habitat's municipal finance programme is witnessing an exciting evolution in Kenya that offers lessons for local governments worldwide. Marco Kamiya, UN-Habitat’s Chief of the Urban Economy and Finance Branch describes the challenges cities face in their efforts to advance the sustainable development agenda.

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UN-Habitat’s Integrated Municipal Finance Programme – Part 1

By |2021-02-23T14:03:04+01:00August 20th 2019|Categories: Governance & Finance, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , , , , |

UN-Habitat's municipal finance programme is witnessing an exciting evolution in Kenya that offers lessons for local governments worldwide. Marco Kamiya, UN-Habitat’s Chief of the Urban Economy and Finance Branch describes the challenges cities face in their efforts to advance the sustainable development agenda.

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Infrastructure and SDGs in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

By |2019-04-30T08:44:32+02:00April 30th 2019|Categories: Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Governance & Finance|Tags: , , , , , , |

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, commits to implementation of the SDGs. To this end, the city focusses on sustainable construction, always ensuring to align the SDGs with national policies.

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