Green & Smart Development

Spotlight on: Just Transition

Can the Western Balkans’ Quadruple Energy Crisis Finally Unleash a Just Transition?

By |2023-01-24T12:13:15+01:00January 24th 2023|Green & Smart Development, , , , |

The Western Balkans have been steadily working towards decarbonisation, a critical step for the region which relies heavily on coal. However, the region has faced several crises in recent times. Pippa Gallop of CEE Bankwatch Network offers a timely analysis of the Western Balkans' long-term planning for a just transition, including the role of the European Union.

Spotlight on: Just Transition

Let the Sun Shine on Ukraine – How Solar Power Accelerates the Green Reconstruction of Cities

By |2023-01-17T10:13:37+01:00January 17th 2023|Climate Change & Resilience, Green & Smart Development, , , , |

Solar energy solutions need to be scaled up to address electricity shortages in both emergency and mid-term responses to the crisis in Ukraine. Vladlena Martsynkevych is convinced: Ukraine is ready for a better, greener future.

Spotlight on: COP27

Decarbonising Global Urban Transport: The COP27 Presidency Initiative LOTUS

By |2022-11-29T10:37:21+01:00November 29th 2022|Global Urban Debates, Green & Smart Development, , , |

There is no panacea, no silver bullet: Only a holistic approach to technology and urban mobility will ensure sustainable transport for the sake of people and planet. Led by the Egyptian COP27 Presidency, the Low Carbon Transport for Urban Sustainability (LOTUS) initiative was launched. By Christopher Dekki

SPOTLIGHT ON: WORLD URBAN FORUM

The New Image of Polish Cities

By |2022-06-09T08:57:12+02:00June 9th 2022|Economic Development, Green & Smart Development, , , , , , |

Grzegorz Puda, Polish Minister of Development Funds and Regional Policy, writes on how Polish cities have managed to transform into friendly metropolises bustling with city life. What were the development paths, how did they learn to capitalise on their advantages? Those questions will certainly be among topics that Poland will be presenting at the World Urban Forum (WUF) in Katowice.

SPOTLIGHT ON: URBAN LABS AND INNOVATION

Last Mile Deliveries: How Far Can We Go?

By |2022-04-19T09:45:39+02:00April 19th 2022|Green & Smart Development, Urban Mobility, , , |

The COVID-19 pandemic and its lockdowns have put immense pressure on global logistics: movement came to a halt while demand for goods remained the same. How can this demand be met in cities without causing a traffic nightmare – especially thinking about last mile deliveries? Payal Pandya shares some ideas from Dublin, Ireland.

SPOTLIGHT ON: URBAN LABS AND INNOVATION

For Cities With The Courage To Try, Anything Is Possible: Small-Scale Test Actions Towards A More Circular Economy

By |2022-04-11T10:17:44+02:00April 11th 2022|Green & Smart Development, , , |

Many cities carry out small-scale test actions, seeking to accelerate their transition to a more circular economy. Eileen Crowley reflects on the limitless advantages and opportunities provided to cities that are willing to embrace a culture of experimentation.

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.

Towards a Symbiotic Urban Form: the Smart Ruralopolis

By |2021-11-05T12:58:30+01:00November 4th 2021|Green & Smart Development, , , , |

A fresh perspective on urban-rural linkages allows us to re-envision urban fringe areas as zones for innovative businesses, growth, and prosperity. By Kaustubh Das

Strengthening Urban-Rural Linkages in Kenya for Increased Resilience

By |2021-11-10T09:13:31+01:00November 2nd 2021|Climate Change & Resilience, Green & Smart Development, , , |

Country-wide sustainable solutions can be assured only if regional connectivity and urban-rural linkages that support livelihoods in rural communities, towns, and smaller cities are considered alongside urban and regional growth strategies. Vassiliki Kravva and Ben Smith present an example from the UK-funded Sustainable Urban Economic Programme (SUED) in Kenya.

Understanding Dynamics of Urban Poverty in Nigeria: What Role for Urban Governance?

By |2021-09-14T11:54:41+02:00September 14th 2021|Energy & Waste, Green & Smart Development, , , , |

How are rapid urbanisation, urban poverty, and slums' emergence interconnected in Nigeria? And what areas of urban governance should local governments focus on if they are to successfully tackle urban poverty? Bassey Bassey shares some reflections.

Civic Technology for Participatory Cities of the Future

By |2021-08-23T10:33:43+02:00August 17th 2021|Green & Smart Development, , , |

Advanced by the COVID-19 pandemic, cities are experiencing a surge in technological innovation. Among them, civic technologies hold promising solutions towards more citizen participation, argues Francesca Esses.

Regenerative Cities: Co-Evolving with Our Planet

By |2021-02-09T11:47:45+01:00February 9th 2021|Green & Smart Development, , , , |

Sustainability should be more than just finding ways that allow us to continue our current lifestyle, argues Chrisna du Plessis. Regenerative design strives for a future where human civilisation evolves as one part of nature that is following its own laws of circularity.

3D Printing and Cities of the Future

By |2020-12-22T15:45:03+01:00December 10th 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Green & Smart Development, , , |

Сan additive manufacturing technologies help to build sustainable cities of the future and to provide more affordable housing options for everyone? Amadu Sou shows how 3D printing can be applied in cutting-edge urban development.

Smart City: Is Africa Ready? Echoes from African Urban Slums

By |2020-11-30T15:12:19+01:00November 12th 2020|Economic Development, Global Urban Debates, Green & Smart Development, , , |

Everyone wants to go smart. But Emana Nsikan-George warns against creating a new class of unfit-for-smart-city urban dwellers, especially when African cities are still struggling with fundamental development goals. A thought-provoking tale of smart fantasies and urban realities.

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