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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Shortcomings of Brazil’s Minha Casa, Minha Vida Programme

By |2018-09-27T09:14:37+02:00September 27th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, global urban debates, housing & informality, urban & metropolitan governance, , , ,

Brazil's social housing programme Minha Casa, Minha Vida prides itself on having delivered an enormous amount of affordable housing. But putting a roof over people's heads is not sufficient if the settlements are located on the far outskirts of a city, depriving residents of access to urban resources, claims Clarisse Cunha Linke.

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6 Features That Make Brazil’s Affordable Housing Programme Good for People and the Environment

By |2018-09-26T12:28:21+02:00September 26th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, global urban debates, housing & informality, urban & metropolitan governance, , , ,

“Minha Casa, Minha Vida” (My House, My Life) is Brazil’s largest affordable housing project to this day. Priscila Pacheco describes the buildings’ sustainability features that benefit the residents and the environment.

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Fostering Multilevel Governance: The Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues

By |2018-09-25T10:34:17+02:00September 25th 2018|global urban debates, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , ,

The Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues are a highly efficient tool towards achieving the goals set in the Paris Agreement. This can be seen in examples from Togo, the Philippines, Indonesia, South Africa, and Ecuador, writes Jisun Hwang from the ICLEI.

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Policy Reform, not Evictions! The Case of Slum Urbanisation in Khartoum, Sudan

By |2018-09-20T10:51:39+02:00September 20th 2018|housing & informality, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , ,

A radical reform of Khartoum’s housing policy is required to improve the living conditions of slum dwellers. For this, we need to examine the socio-economic situation of the urban poor and of those who live in the city’s informal settlements.

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San Francisco Climate Summit Not Global Enough for Developing World Leaders

By |2018-09-18T08:56:03+02:00September 17th 2018|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, urban & metropolitan governance, , ,

For three days San Francisco became a climate change hub, filled with conferences and workshops. Still the Global Climate Action Summit turned out to be focused on the cities of the Global North.

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Infographics: Urban Development in Brazil

By |2018-10-23T10:06:23+02:00September 13th 2018|global urban debates, governance & finance, housing & informality, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , , ,

URBANET’s latest infographic series provides you with interesting facts and figures about urbanisation in Brazil.

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Climate Dance in San Francisco

By |2018-09-18T08:56:39+02:00September 11th 2018|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, urban & metropolitan governance, , ,

This month, representatives of subnational governments are getting together at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. They are hoping to push national governments to adopt more ambitious climate targets.

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

By |2018-08-28T11:35:39+02:00August 28th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, governance & finance, urban & metropolitan governance, water & sanitation, , , , , ,

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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Localisation is Mobilisation: The 2030 Agenda in Asia-Pacific

By |2018-07-23T12:46:15+02:00July 19th 2018|governance & finance, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , , ,

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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