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When Tax Hits Home: Institutional Barriers to Decentralisation in Freetown

By |August 25th 2020|Categories: Decentralisation, Governance & Finance, Municipal & Climate Finance|Tags: , , |

A newly proposed tax reform could quintuple Freetown’s budget for the delivery of much-needed urban services. Yet, a political stalemate may endanger the city’s push for more transparency and progress. Braima Koroma, Dr Joseph Macarthy and Yasmina Yusuf from the Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre spotlight the country’s current state of decentralisation.

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More Inclusive Cities for a Better Urban Future: Participatory Planning in Indonesia

By |August 20th 2020|Categories: Decentralisation, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , , , |

Participatory budgeting in Indonesia is not new, but policy makers still rarely consult with citizens on large-scale urban projects – even though it leads to better and more sustainable results. John Taylor and Ahmad Rifai make a strong case for embracing people-based budgets.

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Global Partnerships for City-Scale Challenges: the Karlsruhe-Kampala Climate Partnership

By |August 18th 2020|Categories: Decentralisation, Global Urban Debates, Multi Stakeholder Partnerships|Tags: , , , |

Evolving cross-border cooperation shows that trans-boundary action can help individual cities address local challenges. Emana Nsikan-George from Climate Alliance highlights the development of decentralised municipal cooperation and provides a promising example from Uganda and Germany.

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City-Wide Mapping for Disaster Management

By |August 13th 2020|Categories: Climate Change & Resilience, Disaster Risk Reduction, Multi Stakeholder Partnerships|Tags: , , |

Indonesia is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. But can maps help in coping with natural disasters? Harry Mahardhika Machmud from Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Indonesia shows why spatial data is key for disaster management, and how it can be tailored to the needs of local communities.

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Inclusive Policies need Inclusive Policymaking – Participatory Budgeting in Cameroon

By |August 11th 2020|Categories: Decentralisation, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , , |

Participatory Budgeting bridges the gap between governments and their people. Jules Dumas Nguebou and Achille Noupéou uncover what happens when disadvantaged Cameroonians suddenly have a say over city spending.

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Bangladesh: In Quest of a Decentralised Local Representative Bodies

By |August 4th 2020|Categories: Decentralisation, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , , |

Are local government bodies in Bangladesh fully empowered? Dr Mohammad Tarikul Islam investigates this question and makes a case for strengthening local leadership through ensuring funds and participation.

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Equitable Public Spaces in Latin America: A How-To

By |July 30th 2020|Categories: Global Urban Debates, Urban Mobility|Tags: , , |

Public spaces and public life in South American cities are dominated by car-oriented planning. Organisations like Chile-based Ciudad Emergente aim to change this through tactical urbanism.

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Equity and Access in Times of Pandemic

By |July 28th 2020|Categories: Urban & Metropolitan Governance, Urban Health|Tags: , |

The COVID-19 outbreak poses a severe threat to global health and the provision of city services, especially affecting persons with disabilities and older persons. Luis Artieda on challenges and ideas how to tackle them.

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