How Local Governments Can Support Micro-Businesses and Start-Ups

By |2019-08-13T09:58:35+02:00August 13th 2019|smart & digital development, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , |

Start-ups and Micro-businesses drive innovation and quality control and provide employment. The intervention of local governments can create conditions where such small businesses can thrive, says Ayodotun Stephen Ibidunni.

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Saudi Arabia’s Smart Cities Program: Why Local Government is Imperative to Digital Transformation

By |2019-08-08T09:48:13+02:00August 8th 2019|smart & digital development, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , |

Cities can only become “smart” if they are responsive to their citizens – therefore, local governments need to take the lead in the digital transformation, says Bilal Saghir.

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A Pulse for Cities: What Makes Open Contracting Essential to Modernizing City Governments

By |2019-08-06T08:57:01+02:00August 6th 2019|urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , , , , |

Contracting is an unacknowledged superpower that cities have at their disposal to ensure high-quality service delivery to their citizens. Kathrin Frauscher explains how to go about it.

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Islands of Integrity™: Replicating La Paz’s Successful Anti-corruption Experience

By |2019-08-02T10:01:39+02:00August 1st 2019|urban & metropolitan governance, , , , |

How can cities effectively tackle corruption? Through a transformative process that involves those who are part of the problem, argue Ronald MacLean Abaroa and Ana Vasilache, who have developed their own successful anti-corruption methodology.

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Leave No One Behind in Cities: How Can Knowledge Gaps About Marginalisation Be Filled?

By |2019-07-30T10:54:28+02:00July 30th 2019|urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , , |

Street dwellers and the urban poor often don’t have access to their cities’ services. One reason behind this problem is the fact that they are not surveyed and consulted in data collection. How can this gap be filled?

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Transforming Cities for Inclusion

By |2019-07-16T11:39:36+02:00July 16th 2019|urban & metropolitan governance, , , , |

Inclusion of all citizens is a challenge to rapidly urbanising societies. Federico Batista Poitier outlines how the Global Compact on Inclusive and Accessible Cities is an important tool in this regard, providing local governments with a framework that allows them to measure inclusion in their municipalities.

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Municipalities Are Learning Sustainability

By |2019-07-11T10:56:06+02:00July 11th 2019|urban & metropolitan governance, , , , |

Across Germany, municipal governments are increasingly engaged in sustainable development. Thus, they are playing a key role in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, which will be assessed at the High-level Political Forum 2019. Robert Böhnke from the German Council for Sustainable Development outlines the learning processes that led and lead to municipalities' increased engagement.

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Why Cities Matter: Integrated Implementation of the 2030 Agenda

By |2019-07-09T11:32:05+02:00July 9th 2019|urban & metropolitan governance, , , , |

As international actors gather for the 2019 High Level Political Forum, cities have to be understood to be key players in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, writes Lennard Kehl, advisor in the GIZ Sector Project "Integrated Implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Cities and City-Regions".

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Looking at Subnational Governments from a Global Perspective: The New and Unique Findings of the World Observatory on Subnational Government Finance and Investment (SNG-WOFI)

By |2019-06-27T09:44:35+02:00June 27th 2019|municipal & climate finance, urban & metropolitan governance, , |

The SNG-WOFI initiative collects comparable data on national, subnational, regional, and municipal government finance flows in order to enable informed and targeted policy-making. Following are the latest key findings of the Observatory as presented at its international conference on June 17, 2019 in Paris, France, summarised for URBANET by Isabelle Chatry, Senior Policy Analyst at the OECD.

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Escalating to Peace: How a Simple Investment Helped Change the Face of Colombia’s Most Dangerous Neighbourhood

By |2019-03-06T09:48:18+02:00March 6th 2019|urban & metropolitan governance, , , , |

Comuna 13, also known as San Javier, used to be the most dangerous part of Medellín, cut off from the rest of the city and a place to avoid by all means. An ambitious infrastructure project has changed that, turning the district in a tourist destination.

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Having a Say in What Affects Your Life: Youth Participation in Kumasi, Ghana

By |2019-02-21T09:40:07+02:00February 21st 2019|urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , , , |

In Ghana, several policies and laws aim at including youth in urban planning processes. In reality, however, youth do not take part in city development. Emmanuelle Laurinda Godjo analyses the causes and suggests measures that authorities should take.

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The Shape of Economic Growth

By |2019-01-24T13:52:41+02:00January 22nd 2019|basic infrastructure & housing, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , , , |

With more and more people moving to cities, the question arises how to organise urban expansion in a way that ensures economic growth and quality of life. Nina Harari discusses which urban configurations can best accommodate urban growth and whether a city's shape influences its economic development.

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Local Governments, Climate Change and Multi-Level Governance

By |2018-11-05T11:26:25+02:00November 1st 2018|global urban debates, urban & metropolitan governance, , , |

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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Lagos: The Gaps Between Urban Policy and Urban Reality

By |2018-10-30T11:24:28+02:00October 30th 2018|governance & finance, mutli stakeholder partnerships, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , |

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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