Urbanisation in Fragile Societies: Thinking about Kabul

By |2019-12-04T15:56:19+01:00December 4th 2019|economic development, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , |

As part of the Blavatnik School of Government's “Challenges of Government” Conference, the International Growth Centre's Cities that Work team put together a panel on identity and legitimacy in Kabul. The discussion highlighted the importance of building legitimacy in fragile contexts, particularly given the emergence of fragmented identities and new networks of solidarity, resistance and governance in urban contexts affected by conflict.

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COP25 – A Chance To Discover Cities’ Potential

By |2019-12-02T13:25:14+01:00December 2nd 2019|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, municipal & climate finance, urban & metropolitan governance, , |

The climate summit in Madrid represents a unique opportunity for urban communities to take inspiration from each other, to build cities that are better prepared to tackle climate change, and to obtain investments. National delegates will need to increasingly confide in local authorities and provide them with more resources if they want to develop prompt and effective responses to the climate crisis.

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The Case for Gender Approaches to Urban Resilience – Experience from Coyuca, Mexico

By |2019-11-21T12:08:57+01:00November 21st 2019|climate change & resilience, urban & metropolitan governance, , , |

A commitment to applying a ‘gender perspective’ to climate-smart planning in Coyuca, Mexico, brought to light some uncomfortable truths about bias against women. As a result, local government, researchers, and community members are more aware of how women’s and girls’ wellbeing must be addressed through climate resilience programmes.

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Urban Rural Partnership: A Win-Win Solution Towards Resilient Growth

By |2019-10-15T13:09:33+02:00October 15th 2019|climate change & resilience, smart & digital development, urban & metropolitan governance, , |

Strengthening urban rural connections is essential for building resilient infrastructure, claims Rajib Shaw. However, as examples from Japan show, implementation is often hindered by administrative issues, calling for innovations in governance and communications to make urban rural partnerships a reality.

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Does Cultural Heritage Make More Resilient Cities?

By |2019-10-10T10:42:09+02:00October 10th 2019|climate change & resilience, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , |

When disasters hit, cultural heritage is often perceived as something passive, something hit by destruction. Conservation architect and risk management expert Rohit Jigyasu argues for a different perception: one that acknowledges the decisive role urban cultural heritage can play both in the prevention and in the outcome of natural disaster, making it an active component of urban resilience.

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Empowering Communities to Build Resilience: Quito, Ecuador

By |2019-10-01T09:24:27+02:00October 1st 2019|climate change & resilience, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , |

Quito, Ecuador is facing a variety of natural hazards, making it imperative to develop proper resilience strategies. David Jácome Polit, the city's Chief Resilience Officer, explains why any such strategy has to be based on a neighbourhood's social structure.

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How Parking Meter Data Can Help Fight Corruption

By |2019-08-28T11:54:01+02:00August 28th 2019|governance & finance, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , , |

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 |2019-08-22T11:15:14+02:00August 22nd 2019|governance & finance, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , , |

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 |2019-08-21T18:20:08+02:00August 20th 2019|governance & finance, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , , |

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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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 |2019-08-26T12:43:00+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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