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

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

By | 2018-04-10T15:29:43+00:00 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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Integrated Resource Management in Asian cities: The Urban Nexus

By | 2017-10-25T22:01:31+00:00 October 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+00:00 August 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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Governance and accountability – building partnerships with the urban poor

By | 2017-10-14T16:27:18+00:00 July 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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