Spotlight on: Young Voices

The (Urban) Relevance of Community-Making

By |2022-08-30T09:04:23+02:00August 25th 2022|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Youth & Gender, , , , , , |

The approach of the Fundación Hogares understands the relevance of strengthening social cohesion in neighbourhoods to respond to city-scale challenges. José Roberto shares some valuable insights into how community organisations are shaping their surroundings in infrastructure as well as in inclusiveness.

SPOTLIGHT ON: LIVEABLE CITIES

“It Is Ok To Not Be Ok” – How A Mental Health Programme Changes A Community

By |2022-05-19T08:34:55+02:00May 19th 2022|Urban Health, , , , |

The Friendship Bench is a community-based mental health counselling programme in Zimbabwe. Dr Ruth Verhey reflects on the contributions of such programmes to liveable communities for all.

SPOTLIGHT ON: LIVEABLE CITIES

The New Face of Bogotá’s Bronx

By |2022-05-17T12:18:13+02:00May 17th 2022|Youth & Gender, , , , , |

Bogotá's Bronx used to be an area infamous for crime and violence. Gabriel Ortiz van Meerbeke outlines how the arts and the cultural industry are transforming the area into a liveable district.

Global Citizenship Education – A Local Topic?

By |2022-01-20T10:26:52+01:00January 20th 2022|Global Urban Debates, , , |

Teaching and learning global citizenship may be a powerful answer to some of the most pressing challenges of our time. But how can cities approach this in their policies? Michelle Diederichs and Werner Wintersteiner on the potential of ‘local’ Global Citizenship Education.

To Advance Access to Education, Communities Need to Focus on Financial Equity and Literacy

By |2021-11-25T11:02:50+01:00November 25th 2021|Economic Development, Youth & Gender, , , |

How to improve access to education in small municipalities? Scott Frank and Ronald Kibirige from the InteRoots Initiative present a community-led example from Kasasa, Uganda.

Localising SDG 11 Through Inspirational Advocacy

By |2021-07-27T10:53:30+02:00July 27th 2021|Global Urban Debates, , , |

Can design drive positive change? This was the question at the core of London’s Design Biennale 2021. Laura Puttkamer was there and gives you the latest on the future of the urban designs that are here to change the world.

Urban Development in Mumbai and its Effect on Coastal Communities

By |2020-09-08T15:48:07+02:00September 8th 2020|Economic Development, , , , , |

Coastal regions have always had significant historical and socio-political value, making them the target of ambitious urban development plans. Amit Devale zooms in on the situation of Mumbai’s indigenous coastal tribes and their relationship with the city – and how local government plans affect their lives.

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

By |2020-08-20T11:23:42+02:00August 20th 2020|Decentralisation, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

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.

City-Wide Mapping for Disaster Management

By |2021-02-22T12:40:04+01:00August 13th 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, Multi Stakeholder Partnerships, , , , |

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.

Addressing Climate Change Vulnerability of Coastal Cities Through Mangrove Forests

By |2020-04-28T11:43:39+02:00March 12th 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, Green & Smart Development, , , |

Around the world, coastal cities are threatened by storms, rising sea levels, and other climate change related hazards. With conventional approaches often both costly and ineffective, nature-based solutions are offering valuable alternatives. One example are the community-based methods developed by the NGO Mangrove Action Project.

Visiting and Recognising San Pablo, Ecuador

By |2020-03-09T09:29:04+01:00March 5th 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, , , , |

Narrated from a community leader's viewpoint, we take a look at the neighbourhood of San Pablo, Ecuador, where the project "Guardians of the Hill" conserves urban ecosystems while at the same time empowering female community members.

Building Community in the East of Mexico City

By |2019-09-17T10:49:57+02:00September 17th 2019|Global Urban Debates, , , , |

In neglected parts of Mexico City, the work of the NGO ENSAMBLE shows how investing into community and togetherness can change poor urban areas for the better, including all residents in a highly participative process.

Real World Civic Tech Implications of South Africa’s Grassroot Platform

By |2019-06-25T09:34:25+02:00June 25th 2019|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Municipal & Climate Finance, , , , , , |

Enabling participatory democracy is the goal of South Africa's online platform Grassroot, where community members get together to change their municipalities for the better – with considerable success, as Katlego Mohlabane, outreach and campaigns coordinator at Grassroot, illustrates with examples from Mnandini and Mzondi.

Don’t Build Spaces, Build Ecosystems

By |2021-02-22T15:24:55+01:00February 28th 2019|Decent Work, Smart & Digital Development, Youth & Gender, , , |

When opening creative spaces, it is not enough to simply designate a space and add tools and technology, says Roman Vydro, co-Founder of Garage Hub, a community workshop in Kharkiv, Ukraine. What is way more important, is to include a variety of people and let their input create an entire creative ecosystem.

Reviving the City: How an Asphalt Plant Turned Into a Public Park

By |2021-02-22T13:22:08+01:00June 21st 2018|Green & Smart Development, , , , , |

In Mexico City, residents organised to convince the city government to build a public park instead of developing an area for office buildings. The Parque Imán can serve as an example for successfully greening neighbourhoods, and reclaiming public space in a participatory and transparent manner.

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