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.

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Don’t Build Spaces, Build Ecosystems

By |2019-02-28T10:50:03+02:00February 28th 2019|decent work, peer learning & co production, smart & digital development, , , , , |

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.

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

By |2018-06-21T16:36:04+02:00June 21st 2018|participation, public spaces, , , , |

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

By |2018-04-12T12:49:48+02:00April 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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Cities should be built for people – Let us start with creating safe public spaces for everyone

By |2017-10-14T15:09:03+02:00June 30th 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, public spaces, , , , , , , , |

In South Africa, historical shortcomings in city planning by the apartheid regime, rapid urbanisation, and a lack of economic opportunities have increased inequity and social exclusion. Faced with high rates of violence and crime, citizens are getting involved in enhancing safety in public spaces. Margo Weimers and her co-authors present an example from the city of Johannesburg.

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“Some very important elements were left out of the New Urban Agenda” – Interview with Lorena Zárate from Habitat International Coalition

By |2017-10-14T15:24:42+02:00March 16th 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, inclusion, , , , , , , , , |

National and local governments must value and support community-driven development, says Lorena Zárate. In her interview with URBANET, she discusses viable and non-viable approaches to housing, democracy, and everybody's Right to the City.

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The Role of Local Governments in Sustainable Urbanisation

By |2019-02-12T13:36:51+02:00August 18th 2016|governance & finance, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , |

A key recommendation of the German Habitat Forum held in May 2016 in Berlin was that “cities need to be empowered as actors”. Urbanization not only implies geographical changes, but also a political change in order to manage growth. This is where local governments are most needed.

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New solutions to existing problems: The role of grassroots organizations in community development

By |2017-10-14T16:16:54+02:00July 27th 2016|governance & finance, participation, , , , , |

To be able to achieve good governance, local governments must not only work together with communities, but also grant them a certain amount of responsibility. In an interview with URBANET, Diana Mitlin, Managing Director of the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester, talks about the importance of community-led development and the value grassroots organisations can add to local communities.

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