The Human Rights Dimensions of India’s Smart Cities Mission

By |2018-08-16T09:32:32+00:00August 16th 2018|global urban debates, green & smart development, inclusion, smart & digital development, , , , |

Shivani Chaudhry from the Housing and Land Rights Network argues that India’ Smart Cities Mission lacks a human rights dimension – with highly problematic consequences.

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Why the Smart Cities Movement Will Change Indian Cities Profoundly

By |2018-08-16T09:34:26+00:00August 14th 2018|global urban debates, governance & finance, smart & digital development, , |

The concept of 'smart cities' is celebrated globally as one solution to the problems of urbanisation. Jagan Shah argues that in India, the Smart Cities Mission helps to overcome outdated structures in urban planning and governance.

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Collaboration for Climate Change Adaptation in Cities: Some Observations from Nepal

By |2018-07-26T14:58:20+00:00July 26th 2018|climate change & resilience, disaster risk reduction, , , , , , , |

In the fourth part of our series on the Talanoa Dialogues, Kirti Kusum Joshi talks about the need for dialogue between federal, provincial, and local governments in order to reduce Nepal's vulnerability to climate change.

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Sustainable Consumption and Production in Dhaka, Bangladesh – A Story of A New Beginning

By |2018-08-02T12:12:52+00:00July 23rd 2018|global urban debates, , , , , , , |

Achieving SDG 12—Responsible Consumption and Production—would entail the implementation of various other SDGs, argues Farah Kabir. ActionAid Bangladesh aims at raising awareness and changing consumption patterns in the capital city of Dhaka.

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Localisation is Mobilisation: The 2030 Agenda in Asia-Pacific

By |2018-07-23T12:46:15+00:00July 19th 2018|governance & finance, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , , , |

It is important to think locally when implementing the SDGs, argues Christopher Dekki. Countries in Asia-Pacific, such as Laos and Sri Lanka, are examples of this successful approach.

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

By |2018-04-24T09:41:07+00:00April 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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Banking the Unbankable: Community Finance in Asia

By |2018-04-10T15:29:43+00:00April 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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The city of Yangzhou rebuilds its past to ensure a bright future

By |2018-08-02T12:14:29+00:00February 6th 2018|global urban debates, integrated planning, , , , , , , |

Preserving cultural heritage while upgrading urban areas can be a challenging task for cities. Analyn Rubenecia and Chenzi Yiyang describe how the city of Yangzhou, China, designed its urban renewable project with an integrated approach. This puts Yangzhou on the right track toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Investing in Asia’s Urban Future

By |2018-08-02T12:12:26+00:00January 23rd 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, water & sanitation, , , , , , , , , , |

Asia is one of the regions of the world that is experiencing extremely rapid urbanisation. The Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) has recently launched a photobook in which case studies of four cities in Asia illustrate innovative ways to tackle issues in key sectors such as flood and drainage management, water supply, transport and waste management.

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Integrated Resource Management in Asian cities: The Urban Nexus

By |2017-10-25T22:01:31+00:00October 11th 2016|climate change & resilience, green & smart development, urban nexus, , , , , , , , |

The "Urban Nexus" is a theoretical and technical approach to integrated urban development. It introduces innovative and environmentally-friendly engineering solutions to improve the physical infrastructure of cities, and also promotes people-centered development. Our authors Ruth Erlbeck and Ralph Trosse describe how a low-cost, climate change resilient pilot house was built in the Philippines as part of the Nexus project.

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“Those innovative instruments are now recognised as effective instruments to finance urban development”

By |2017-10-14T16:16:03+00:00August 2nd 2016|governance & finance, municipal & climate finance, , , , , , , |

Subnational Pooled Financing Mechanisms (SPFMs) are expected to play an increasingly strategic role in financing sustainable development. Jean-François Habeau, Executive Director of the international cities network FMDV, talks about the benefits and specific challenges of Subnational Pooled Financing Mechanisms for developing countries.

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“Cities are the future driving force in Asia”

By |2018-08-02T12:12:42+00:00July 21st 2016|governance & finance, municipal & climate finance, , , , , , |

There is no shortage of ideas for sustainable development projects in Asia. However, often the financial resources provided for environmental and climate protection projects as well as waste water, energy or infrastructure projects is scarce. The Cities Development Initiative for ASIA (CDIA) supports Asian cities in finding investors and building their infrastructure. In an interview with Urbanet CDIA-Coordinator for GIZ Claudia Hermes explains how the CDIA works and what the idea behind it is.

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Governance and accountability – building partnerships with the urban poor

By |2017-10-14T16:27:18+00:00July 21st 2016|governance & finance, green & smart development, , , , , , |

In the international context, public private partnerships are gaining more and more relevance. To avoid leaving the urban poor behind in these processes, many Asian cities have established community driven partnerships to promote inclusiveness.

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