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Smart City: Is Africa Ready? Echoes from African Urban Slums

By |November 12th 2020|Categories: Economic Development, Global Urban Debates, Green & Smart Development|Tags: , , |

Everyone wants to go smart. But Emana Nsikan-George warns against creating a new class of unfit-for-smart-city urban dwellers, especially when African cities are still struggling with fundamental development goals. A thought-provoking tale of smart fantasies and urban realities.

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Digital Solutions for Cities: An Assessment Framework

By |November 5th 2020|Categories: Smart & Digital Development|Tags: , |

Technological transformation is rapidly changing our cities. To ensure that they are changing them for better, sustainability, digitalisation, and urban development must go hand in hand. Luciana Maia and François van Schalkwyk present an assessment tool for digital solutions which helps to find the necessary connections.

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Gamification in Urban Planning: Participation Through Minecraft

By |November 3rd 2020|Categories: Smart & Digital Development, Youth & Gender|Tags: , |

Minecraft is one of the most popular computer games in the world. Like a virtual version of Lego, it invites players to create their own world of buildings, villages, and other spatial elements. Every month, more than 110 million people play Minecraft – but did you know that it can also be used for urban planning?

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Addressing the Housing Affordability Challenge: A Shared Responsibility

By |October 31st 2020|Categories: Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Global Urban Debates, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: |

On World Cities Day, Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, presents some recommendations on how to ensure affordable, accessible, and adequate housing for all.

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Bottom-Up Movements Revitalised – What is Different This Time?

By |October 29th 2020|Categories: Global Urban Debates|Tags: , |

Concluding our insight series on the event "Inclusive Cities – The Next Generation", Celine D'Cruz (Urban Development Practitioner), Franziska Schreiber (University of Stuttgart), and Nancy Naser Al Deen (TU Berlin) discuss ways of transformative change in cities based on the needs of its communities and protest culture structures.

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“Leadership and Project Finance is All You Need” – Whatever Happened to the Notion of Urban Transformation?

By |October 28th 2020|Categories: Global Urban Debates|Tags: , , |

Round 2 of our special focus week on ICLEI’s Daring Cities Conference includes highly critical and promising insights from Max Lohmann (C40 / GIZ), Hilmar von Lojewski (Association of German Cities), and Sarah Colenbrander (Overseas Development Institute).

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Global Agendas, National Urban Policies – Does Anybody Care?

By |October 27th 2020|Categories: Global Urban Debates|Tags: , , |

We are delighted to kick off our special focus week on Inclusive Cities with inputs by Billy Cobbett (Cities Alliance), Tobias Kettner (World Food Programme), and Tina Silbernagl (GIZ) on the question if and how global agendas, supra-national conventions, national urban policies and multilateral organisations and partnerships are critical instruments to promote value-based urban development.

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Contestations over Informal Settlements: Which Way Forward? An Interview

By |October 22nd 2020|Categories: Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Housing & Informality, Inclusion|Tags: , , |

Ethiopia is experiencing unprecedented population growth. Despite large government housing programs, there are more and more informal settlements in the country, and cases of forceful displacement and evictions are on the rise. In the virtual event “Ways forward for informal settlements”, Tania Berger from Danube University Krems discusses options for inclusive urbanisation with an international panel.

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