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Creating Decent Jobs Through Waste Pickers Cooperatives

By | May 2nd 2018| decent work, energy & waste, , , , , |

In precarious working environments, cooperatives hold an immense potential to increase social and economic inclusion of marginalized groups. Sonia Dias uses the examples of waste pickers cooperatives to illustrate how the concept of cooperatives helps implement the four pillars of the International Labor Organisation’s Decent Work Agenda—and calls on policy makers to create a favourable environment for this organisational form.

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The Talanoa Dialogue: How Cities and Regions Can Deliver on the Promise of the Paris Agreement

By | April 27th 2018| climate change & resilience, participation, peer learning & co production, , , , , , |

Why should urban, regional and national decision-makers alike pay attention to the Talanoa Dialogue? This process, which was initiated by the Fijian COP23 Presidency, presents an exciting opportunity to align the national and subnational spheres of climate action. Throughout 2018, URBANET will report on the issue in a new series of articles.

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Climate-resilient Housing in Mozambique’s Coastal Cities

By | April 25th 2018| climate change & resilience, housing & informality, , , , , , , |

Constructing a house is a rite of passage to adulthood in most peri-urban areas of Mozambique. While it is common for people to build their own homes using traditional techniques, it often reproduces vulnerability as most of these self-built houses are easily damaged even by low or medium magnitude weather events. How can resilient construction techniques prompt behaviour change in house construction and generate income?

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Interview: “We have started to become more resilient” – Ronaldo Golez, Mayor of Dumangas, Philippines

By | April 24th 2018| climate change & resilience, urban agriculture, , , , , , , , |

The agricultural sector of the municipality of Dumangas in the Philippines is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. We spoke to its mayor Ronaldo Golez about strategies to become more resilient and to empower local communities.

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Zimnina Making: The Urban Nexus of Food, Water, and Energy in the City of Sofia

By | April 19th 2018| energy & waste, green & smart development, urban agriculture, urban nexus, , , , , , , |

In the Bulgarian capital city of Sofia, many people prepare pickled vegetables (zimnina) for the winter months. This widespread practice touches on basic service issues like water and energy supply, as well as food provisioning for the city’s most vulnerable residents, explains Ralitsa Hiteva from the Resnexus project.

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Implementing a Nexus Approach to Sustainable Development in Urban Areas

By | April 17th 2018| climate change & resilience, green & smart development, urban nexus, , , , , , |

This April, the second Nexus Conference will focus on the links and trade-offs between water, energy, and food—the “nexus”—in urban areas. Cities are at the forefront of the climate challenge and the heart of the global economy, so they are critical to implementing an integrated approach to meeting the SDGs and building climate resilience.

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Interview: “Building resilience requires active public participation” – Vera Bukachi from the Kounkuey Design Initiative

By | April 11th 2018| climate change & resilience, public spaces, , , , , , |

How can vulnerable groups and their needs be integrated into resilience building? URBANET talked to Vera Bukachi from the Kounkuey Design Initiative, who strongly believes that participatory planning and design are key to sustainable urban development.

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Banking the Unbankable: Community Finance in Asia

By | April 10th 2018| governance & finance, municipal & climate finance, , , , , , |

Most urban slum dwellers in Asian countries cannot access conventional systems of finance. To get a loan, you need to prove you are creditworthy. But without a pay slip, you are unbankable. People living in poor communities need access to loans and other forms of financing to develop solutions to the serious problems they face, writes Somsook Boonyabancha. With a variety of models and scales ranging from small community funds to national-level networks, community finance is a popular and growing tool that promises to open up new possibilities for the people most in need.

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