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Green Recovery in Cities: From Instant Reaction to a Sustainable Future

By |October 20th 2020|Categories: Climate Change & Resilience, Municipal & Climate Finance|Tags: , , , |

All over the world, cities are grappling with the pandemic's social and economic impacts. Carmen Vogt, Philip Koch, and Lukas Prinz present some inspiring examples from Latin America that showcase how cities can build back better.

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Why Housing Matters: The Impact of Affordable Housing for People on Low Incomes

By |October 15th 2020|Categories: Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Global Urban Debates, Urban Health|Tags: , , |

Good and affordable housing is key to people’s well-being. Andrew Jones presents the latest research from social enterprise Reall and unpacks what impact it has on the bottom 40 per cent of the income pyramid.

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Unplanned Housing in Bangladesh: The Problem with Housing Societies

By |October 13th 2020|Categories: Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , |

When the government can’t provide sufficient housing, private co-operatives seem like a good idea – until they are not. Dr Mohammad Rezaul Karim provides a rare insight into the housing situation in urban Bangladesh and the consequences of unplanned housing.

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India’s Housing Crisis: A Gender Perspective

By |October 8th 2020|Categories: Housing & Informality, Youth & Gender|Tags: , |

With 17 per cent of India's urban population living in informal settlements, affordable housing has become a pressing issue. It is imperative, writes Swapnil Saxena, that any housing scheme recognises the particular vulnerabilities women experience in urban settings and focusses on women’s rights.

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It’s Time to Change the Housing Conversation

By |October 6th 2020|Categories: Economic Development, Housing & Informality, Water & Sanitation|Tags: , , , , |

Safe, affordable housing is not an end in itself but should be interwoven with other interventions to improve access to related services and benefits. As the pandemic exacerbates shortcomings in housing programmes around the world, Vidhee Garg on the need to re-think housing and to look beyond its purely quantitative aspects.

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Puerto Rico: Architecture and a “Culture of Emergencies”

By |October 1st 2020|Categories: Climate Change & Resilience, Housing & Informality|Tags: , , |

Puerto Rican architect Astrid Díaz on the importance of resilient housing, education, and participation in a country prone to cyclones and earthquakes.

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Jakarta’s Pandemic Water Stress: Hitting the Economy and the Urban Poor

By |September 30th 2020|Categories: Urban Health, Water & Sanitation|Tags: , , , |

The Covid-19 pandemic increases the already existing water scarcity in Indonesia's capital, affecting already disadvantaged inhabitants most of all, writes Akash Sahu.

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Sustainable Africa: Why Cities of the Future Must Consider Health in Urban Planning

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

In a rapidly urbanising world, cities must consider the health impacts of urban policies and projects. Meelan Thondoo and Mark Nieuwenhuijsen highlight the situation in Mauritius’ capital Port Louis and make a strong case for participatory quantitative Health Impact Assessments, a promising and practical tool to ensure healthy, equity-driven and sustainable cities.

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Mapping Makoko: A Community Stating its Right to Exist

By |September 24th 2020|Categories: Housing & Informality, Smart & Digital Development|Tags: , , |

Makoko, one of Lagos' largest slums, used to be a blank spot on the map for most of its history. This has been changing with a community-based digital mapping project that enables the residents to articulate their rights.

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