The Need for Radical Transformation: Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in Cape Town, South Africa

By |2018-11-27T10:29:11+00:00November 27th 2018|climate change & resilience, Tags: , , , , , , |

It can no longer be denied that climate change has severe effects on our daily lives. As a response, the City of Cape Town has developed a policy that acknowledges climate change impacts as a pressing social and economic issue.

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Casa Minha Nosso Bairro: Inclusive Urban Development in Maputo, Mozambique

By |2018-11-08T12:20:42+00:00November 8th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, housing & informality, Tags: , , , , |

Projects aimed at the upgrading of settlements often face the question of how to increase living standards for all residents – while keeping housing costs at a level affordable for the original population. The initiative "Casa Minha Nosso Bairro" takes an innovative approach towards this issue, aiming at living conditions that nurture a peaceful living environment for all urban residents

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Cape Town, South Africa: Building a Network of Street Enthusiasts

By |2018-11-06T10:55:51+00:00November 6th 2018|global urban debates, urban mobility, Tags: , , , , |

What is the glue holding our cities together? Marcela Guerrero, co-founder and managing director at Open Streets Cape Town, believes that the answer lies in the streets. In an open exchange with others, the initiative is building a network of fellow street enthusiasts in the Global South.

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Lagos: The Gaps Between Urban Policy and Urban Reality

By |2018-10-30T11:24:28+00:00October 30th 2018|governance & finance, mutli stakeholder partnerships, urban & metropolitan governance, Tags: , , , , |

In Lagos, Nigeria, Public Private Partnerships (PPP) are common in urban planning projects. But whom do they benefit: people or profit? Dr Taibat Lawanson argues that the city's urban development strategy focusses too much on PPPs and thus favours profit over people – and calls to the state government to shift its focus back to a policy that benefits all citizens.

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Urban Slums in Nigeria: Ensuring Healthy Living Conditions

By |2018-10-25T12:08:28+00:00October 25th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, health & education, housing & informality, Tags: , , , , , |

Many of Lagos’ residents live in informal settlements with no or limited access to basic services. With new immigrants arriving from rural areas every day, pressure increases on the already poor living conditions. Comprehensive action is needed to tackle interconnected social, environmental and health issues, says Olaoluwa Pheabian Akinwale.

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Fostering Multilevel Governance: The Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues

By |2018-09-25T10:34:17+00:00September 25th 2018|global urban debates, urban & metropolitan governance, Tags: , , , , , |

The Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues are a highly efficient tool towards achieving the goals set in the Paris Agreement. This can be seen in examples from Togo, the Philippines, Indonesia, South Africa, and Ecuador, writes Jisun Hwang from the ICLEI.

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Policy Reform, not Evictions! The Case of Slum Urbanisation in Khartoum, Sudan

By |2018-09-20T10:51:39+00:00September 20th 2018|housing & informality, urban & metropolitan governance, Tags: , , , , |

A radical reform of Khartoum’s housing policy is required to improve the living conditions of slum dwellers. For this, we need to examine the socio-economic situation of the urban poor and of those who live in the city’s informal settlements.

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The Lagos Water Crisis: Any Role for the Private Sector?

By |2018-08-28T11:35:39+00:00August 28th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, governance & finance, urban & metropolitan governance, water & sanitation, Tags: , , , , , |

Lagos is suffering from severe water shortage due to profit-oriented politics. Akinbode Oluwafemi points out the conflicts and problems around the privatisation of the water sector and offers alternative solutions for one of the world’s most populous cities.

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The Urban Spring of May 1st

By |2018-05-03T14:07:37+00:00May 3rd 2018|decent work, economic development, Tags: , , , , |

Cities throughout the world face the challenge of how to create more – and decent – jobs. On Labour Day, Edmundo Werna makes the case for an extensive urban dialogue as a necessary condition for a proactive employment policy.

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“Being a smart city means making smart decisions” – interview with Mario Arauz from the city of Guadalajara

By |2018-03-28T11:12:56+00:00March 28th 2018|smart & digital development, Tags: , , , , |

Known as a technology hub, Guadalajara is Mexico’s answer to Silicon Valley. No wonder then that the city is in the process of transforming itself into a smart city. URBANET talked to Mario Arauz, Director of Government Innovation and Intelligent Cities, about Guadalajara’s take on the smart city concept.

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Mitigation Through Innovation: Sustainable Water Supply in Windhoek

By |2018-03-22T10:21:51+00:00March 22nd 2018|urban nexus, water & sanitation, Tags: , , , , |

Windhoek—the capital city of Namibia, the most arid country in Sub-Saharan Africa—has long met its severe water challenges through innovation. But its growing population is increasing its demand for water while climate change exacerbates scarce supplies. On the occation of World Water Day 2018, Pierre van Rensburg highlights the city's innovative augmentation strategies to keep the crisis from becoming a catastrophe.

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Making Africa’s green cities core of the low carbon and climate resilient future

By |2018-08-02T11:58:48+00:00November 22nd 2017|economic development, green & smart development, Tags: , , , , , |

How Africa as a continent makes cities work for all while realising a low carbon and climate resilient economy, will determine the success of the Paris Agreement, says Sadiq Okoh. In his article, he outlines possible paths to green development.

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Carbon Credits: cleaner and safer cooking stoves in the Maputo slums

By |2017-10-14T14:57:24+00:00September 20th 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, energy & waste, Tags: , , , |

Traditional cooking stoves consume a lot of energy and emit harmful fumes, leading to high rates of premature deaths. Improved cooking stoves are addressing this issue, making it possible for poor households to save money and reduce illnesses related to emissions. Looking at the example of Maputo, Mozambique Rosario Loayza and Alessandro Galimberti explain the benefits of such efficient kitchen appliances.

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Upscaling Sanitation for the Urban Poor in Kenya

By |2017-10-14T15:02:14+00:00August 29th 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, water & sanitation, Tags: , , , , , , |

Providing access to urban sanitation is challenging because of space limitations, complex land tenure and higher public health concerns in crowded settlements. This is especially true for low-income urban areas. For URBANET, Jane Njagi describes how this challenge has been tackled in Tharaka Nithi County, Kenya.

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