Urban & Metropolitan Governance

Spotlight on: Urban Health

Urban Green Spaces’ (UGS) Potential in Residents’ Wellbeing in Rapidly Urbanising Cities in Africa: Prospects for Planning

By |2022-09-13T10:21:48+02:00September 13th 2022|Urban & Metropolitan Governance, Urban Health, , , , , |

Urban green spaces (UGS) serve as an important natural resource for cities. They provide a variety of social, economic and environmental benefits which enhance the health and well-being of urban dwellers and the overall sustainability of cities. This article by Romanus Opiyo reflects on the benefits of urban green spaces and the opportunities for the deliberate provision of such areas through urban planning interventions given the improved well-being and health aspects associated with the UGS

Spotlight on: Urban Health

Enhancing Pedestrian Safety Through Effective Pedestrian-friendly Infrastructure in African Cities

By |2022-09-08T11:14:25+02:00September 8th 2022|Urban & Metropolitan Governance, Urban Mobility, , , , , |

It is the responsibility of both the national and municipal governments to assure pedestrian safety, which is a fundamental human right. In this brief article, Louis Kusi Frimpong addresses the relationship between a lack of pedestrian infrastructure and health outcomes, as well as some pedestrian infrastructure required to enhance pedestrian safety on roads in Africa.

Spotlight on: Young Voices

Hey, Urban Planners Do Not Forget to Plan as When You Were a Child.

By |2022-09-06T17:25:38+02:00September 1st 2022|Urban & Metropolitan Governance, Youth & Gender, , , , , |

Young people in Cali are taking over the city with tactical urbanism to address their concerns and are asking urban planners to also include the youngest of society. As adults tend to plan spaces in terms of effectiveness and productivity, Michel Zuluaga addresses the need to include more young people in those processes and shares some successful experiences.

Spotlight on: Young Voices

Empowering the Next Generation of Urban Changemakers

By |2022-09-06T17:31:40+02:00August 19th 2022|Global Urban Debates, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, Youth & Gender, , , , |

Young people have fantastic ideas how to create liveable cities of the future - we need an environment that fosters their creativity, says Mario Raimundi Pruss from the Young City Makers Programme.

The World Cities Report – Which Road Will We Take?

By |2022-08-16T10:14:52+02:00August 16th 2022|Climate Change & Resilience, Global Urban Debates, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

Ben Arimah presents UN-Habitat’s World Cities Report 2022, the crossroads we're at, and the options we've got.

SPOTLIGHT ON: AFFORDABLE CITIES

Affordable New Delhi: Developments, Challenges, and Opportunities

By |2022-07-14T09:25:29+02:00July 14th 2022|Housing & Informality, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

Changing discourses have characterised New Delhi's housing policy over time. Piyush Tiwari and Jyoti Shukla outline developments and call onto the public and private housing institutions to provide equal access to decent and affordable housing.

SPOTLIGHT ON: LIVEABLE CITIES

Ingredients for Inclusive and Effective Urban Reform

By |2022-06-07T10:07:35+02:00May 31st 2022|Multi Stakeholder Partnerships, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

Sumaya Saluja from The Asia Foundation on inclusion, equality and participatory governance for liveable cities.

SPOTLIGHT ON: URBAN LABS AND INNOVATION

JAGA MISSION – Transforming Lives, Leaderships, and Liveability

By |2022-04-21T09:17:22+02:00April 21st 2022|Housing & Informality, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , |

The Indian state of Odisha has initiated a slum upgrading programme that acknowledges residents as city makers. Preeti Prada Panigrahi presents its advantages and successes.

SPOTLIGHT ON: WOMEN IN CITIES

Female Leadership in Local Government

By |2022-03-07T12:05:46+01:00March 7th 2022|Urban & Metropolitan Governance, Youth & Gender, , , |

Half of the world’s population is made up of women, but their representation in decision-making bodies at the local, national, and international level leaves much to be desired. Macoura Dao Coulibaly, Mayor of Foumbolo, Côte d'Ivoire, on strengthening women in local government.

Cities are Key to Changing Course and Transforming Education

By |2022-01-24T09:44:35+01:00January 24th 2022|Global Urban Debates, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , |

The world is at a turning point. The COVID-19 pandemic has acted as an accelerator of technological disruption and inequalities, interlocked with the existential threat of the climate crisis. The only way forward is to transform our future. This is no less than a universal educational project to empower every person from the earliest age and throughout life with the knowledge, competences, and attitudes to live in dignity and act for the common good. Since more than half of humanity lives in urban areas, cities have a major role to play in realising the right to education for citizens throughout the world.

Time to be Daring: Circular Cities Tackle the Climate Emergency

By |2021-10-04T11:04:28+02:00October 4th 2021|Multi Stakeholder Partnerships, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

In a world beset by multiple crises, mayors are multitaskers, crisis managers and frontline responders – and crises never wait in line. Katja Dörner, Mayor of Bonn and ICLEI Co-Chair for Climate Action on circular cities and Bonn’s promising path to becoming zero-waste.

The Future of the Brazilian City Statute

By |2021-09-30T10:42:18+02:00September 30th 2021|Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

On the 20th anniversary of the City Statute, it is essential to reflect on its legacy of social inclusion in Brazilian cities, recognise its strategic role within national urban frameworks throughout the world and understand how a more radical transformation of our cities can be inspired by mechanisms that this legislation offers.

Lifelong Learning and Participatory Governance: The Learning City Initiative

By |2021-09-21T10:29:37+02:00September 21st 2021|Multi Stakeholder Partnerships, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , |

Cities have immense potential to foster capacities for lifelong learning, argues Raúl Valdés-Cotera from the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities.

Urban Safety and Good Urban Governance: Examples from Kinshasa

By |2021-09-16T11:13:32+02:00September 16th 2021|Urban & Metropolitan Governance, Youth & Gender, , , , |

"Kulunas" – youth gangs – have been part of Kinshasa's neighbourhoods for two decades. Marc-André Lagrange and Thierry Vircoulon analyse their origins and why their ever more violent repression is not going to increase safety in Kinshasa.

Infrastructure Transparency in Metropolitan Kampala

By |2021-09-09T14:13:59+02:00September 9th 2021|Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

Efforts for infrastructure development will be in vain if the public is not involved in the process. Olive Kabatwairwe with meaningful insights and best practices from Uganda.

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