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Promoting Innovative Financing Solutions for Cities

By |March 14th 2019| climate change & resilience, governance & finance, municipal & climate finance, , , , |

About 75 per cent of the infrastructure that needs to be in place by 2050 does not exist today. Getting such an immense scale of infrastructure development right will be critical to whether or not the world locks into a high- or low-carbon growth path. The newly established City Finance Lab tries to contribute innovative, replicable and scalable solutions to reach this ambitious goal.

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Understanding and Tracking Affordable Housing Investment Opportunities in Africa

By |March 12th 2019| housing & informality, municipal & climate finance, , , , , |

Housing has become a policy issue that interests not only housing departments and local construction authorities, but Central Banks and financial players as well. Kecia Rust from the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF) explains why housing has become an investment opportunity, and the role that policy makers play.

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A Place Like Too Many Others: Gender Inequality in Bawana, Delhi

By |March 8th 2019| basic infrastructure & housing, water & sanitation, , , , , , , |

In urban settlements around the world, city administrations struggle, and often fail, to provide essential services, safe spaces, and socio-economic securities to residents. While this poses difficulties and dangers to all inhabitants, the consequences of such neglect are especially severe for low-income women and girls.

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Escalating to Peace: How a Simple Investment Helped Change the Face of Colombia’s Most Dangerous Neighbourhood

By |March 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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Don’t Build Spaces, Build Ecosystems

By |February 28th 2019| decent work, peer learning & co production, smart & digital development, , , , , |

When opening creative spaces, it is not enough to simply designate a space and add tools and technology, says Roman Vydro, co-Founder of Garage Hub, a community workshop in Kharkiv, Ukraine. What is way more important, is to include a variety of people and let their input create an entire creative ecosystem.

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An Untapped Pool of Talent: Young Women in Latin America

By |February 26th 2019| decent work, economic development, , , , , , |

Across Latin America, software developers are urgently needed. Laboratoria, an organisation launched in Lima, Peru, focusses on meeting this demand – and, at the same time, opens urban labour markets for women.

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Having a Say in What Affects Your Life: Youth Participation in Kumasi, Ghana

By |February 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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Urban Futures: Youth Participation in the Baltics and the Balkans

By |February 19th 2019| governance & finance, , , , , |

Citizen participation in urban planning is a quite new concept to begin with. And, even if implemented, cities often neglect to extend the concept to those, whose lives will be most affected by a city's development: Youth

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