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Spotlight on: Risk and Crisis Management

The Global Housing Crisis: A Crisis Unlike Any Other

By |October 25th 2022|Categories: Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Global Urban Debates|Tags: , , |

Echoes of the same story can be heard in cities across the globe – homelessness is on the rise and the cost of housing is increasing at an alarming rate while the availability of decent housing dwindles. Kirsten McRae with recent statistics on the global housing crisis and why we should no longer financialise our most basic human good.

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From Burden to Economic Asset: Palestine Refugee Camps in Jordan

By |October 20th 2022|Categories: Economic Development, Global Urban Debates|Tags: , , , |

When faced with stereotypical images of refugee camps as isolated places without ways of contribution or interaction the example of Palestine refugee camp Marka proves these expectations wrong. Dina Dahood Dabash sheds light on factors that contributed to the current agency of the Marka camp in Jordan.

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The Impact of Heat Waves and Heat Action Plans in South Asia

By |October 18th 2022|Categories: Climate Change & Resilience, Urban Health|Tags: , |

Heat waves have become a global phenomenon, but in South Asia the situation is worsening due to climate change. Rohit Magotra on the silent climate disaster and the importance of heat action plans in India and beyond.

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Female Informal Workers in Dhaka during COVID-19: Unnoticed and Unprotected as Always

By |October 13th 2022|Categories: Housing & Informality, Youth & Gender|Tags: , , , |

Informal workers contribute greatly to countries’ economic growth. Over 43 per cent of the national GDP in Bangladesh is generated by the informal sector, where women are overrepresented. In times of crisis, however, they are often left unprotected. Jahid Nur on the situation of female informal workers in Bangladesh during COVID-19.

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Health Implications of Urban Heat and Air Pollution & Resilience Planning for African Cities

By |October 11th 2022|Categories: Urban Health|Tags: , , , |

Urban heat and air pollution in the built environment are interlinked and contribute to increased negative health impacts among urban dwellers. Sharon Onyango highlights the connection between these three factors within the transport sector developments in Africa, providing various urban planning strategies for mitigation to improve human health and wellbeing.

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Designing Urban Resilience to Confront a Risky World

By |October 4th 2022|Categories: Climate Change & Resilience, Global Urban Debates|Tags: , , |

Building-in the ability of city institutions and infrastructure to anticipate, respond to, bounce back, and learn from shocks and stresses is more essential than ever. By Robert Muggah, Co-Founder of one of the world's leading social policy think tanks.

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Four Strategies for Building Resilience to Extreme Weather Events

By |September 29th 2022|Categories: Climate Change & Resilience, Urban Health|Tags: , , , , |

As extreme weather events are becoming more frequent, cities must adapt strategies and actions to protect their most vulnerable citizens. Mary Sheehan outlines the implications of worsening climate conditions and presents actions to increase the resilience of cities around the globe.

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Spotlight on: Urban Health

Rebuilding Evicted Kampungs in Jakarta – Restoring Communities, Providing a Better Quality of Life

By |September 27th 2022|Categories: Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Urban Health|Tags: , , , |

Forced evictions and displacements should be stopped, but it is not enough. Muhammad Azka Gulsyan wants us to think about how to rebuild the evicted homes, and restore affected communities and their livelihoods. Vertical Kampung-projects in Jakarta show that rebuilding and restoration are possible.

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