The Shape of Economic Growth

By |2019-01-22T10:53:30+00:00January 22nd 2019|basic infrastructure & housing, urban & metropolitan governance, Tags: , , , , , |

With more and more people moving to cities, the question arises how to organise urban expansion in a way that ensures economic growth and quality of life. Nina Harari discusses which urban configurations can best accommodate urban growth and whether a city's shape influences its economic development.

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Bangalore: A Vibrant and Dynamic Indian City With An Uncertain Future?

By |2019-01-17T11:39:27+00:00January 17th 2019|economic development, Tags: , , , |

Bangalore is perhaps one of the most prominent examples for urban growth and vibrant economic activity. M H Bala Subrahmanya explains the city’s ascent to success – and its downsides.

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Can Urban Planning Serve Local Economic Development?

By |2019-01-15T10:50:00+00:00January 15th 2019|economic development, Tags: , , , , |

In Kampala, Uganda, the immensely fast rate of urbanisation makes it hard for urban planners to keep up with developments. Madina Guloba argues that this makes it more important than ever for sustainable urban planning to keep local economic development (LED) approaches in mind.

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Promoting Sustainable Urban Development Through Impact Innovation

By |2019-01-10T11:01:22+00:00January 10th 2019|economic development, smart & digital development, Tags: , , , |

Human-centred impact innovation can be an extraordinary source of social and economic growth for cities and metropolitan areas in developing regions that drives growth of urban communities, supporting equitable and sustainable development and inclusive prosperity.

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Room for Improvement: How to (Better) Integrate Housing and Labour Markets

By |2018-09-19T10:11:41+00:00September 19th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, decent work, housing & informality, Tags: , , , |

Housing and labour are mutually dependent, but their connection is overlooked in economic policies most of the time. Edmundo Werna, Ramin Keivani and Youngha Cho argue that a closer look and a different understanding of how the two markets are linked will lead to more effective solutions and better housing and livelihood conditions, especially in the Global South.

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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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Why it is worth considering consumer trends among the new middle classes

By |2017-12-07T13:32:08+00:00December 7th 2017|economic development, green & smart development, Tags: , , |

With middle classes growing in middle-income countries, the challenge arises how to reconcile increasing consumption with finite resources. Can consumer behaviour be channelled in a way that makes it sustainable? Babette Never reports from a workshop that has explored this question.

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How M-Pesa is changing everyday life in Kenya

By |2017-10-14T15:05:49+00:00July 31st 2017|green & smart development, smart & digital development, Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Mobile money has revolutionised the lives of many people in the Global South, most of all the ones living in difficult economic circumstances. The M-Pesa service in Kenya is one of these success stories. Judith Owigar describes how it helps making basic services like water and energy available to citizens.

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Life in African Cities | Infographics

By |2017-10-14T15:21:27+00:00April 5th 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, housing & informality, Tags: , , , |

Are African cities cheap or expensive for their inhabitants? And by how much do cities grow each year? The URBANET infographics on African cities provide key figures and numbers on some interesting trends concerning urban life and development.

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“Nowadays cities are more aware of the problem” – An interview with Jiao Tang and Luis Marinheiro from the ISWA

By |2017-10-14T15:32:49+00:00January 31st 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, energy & waste, Tags: , , , , , , , |

In recent years there have been great advancements in solid waste management and people are becoming more and more aware of its importance. However especially in developing countries there is still a need for more sustainable solutions. We spoke to Jiao Tang and Luis Marinheiro about the current situation in waste management and what still needs to be done to make it more sustainable and innovative.

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From Blade Runner to Habitat IV, Part II: How livelihoods can make or break the City of Tomorrow

By |2017-10-14T15:37:33+00:00January 12th 2017|decent work, global urban debates, green & smart development, Tags: , , , , , , , |

Part I presented two subsequent paradigms related to the world of work, Fordism and Post-Fordism. Subsequently, it was argued that there are two contrasting trends in the world of (urban) labour: flexibility and stability. This is the second and concluding part of the article, which includes considerations about policies.

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From Blade Runner to Habitat IV – How livelihoods can make or break the City of Tomorrow

By |2017-10-14T15:38:45+00:00January 10th 2017|decent work, global urban debates, green & smart development, Tags: , , , , , , , |

"Our Struggle for Global Sustainability will be won or lost in cities", said Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations. The present article argues that our struggle for good urbanisation will be won or lost depending on the opportunities and conditions of work.

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Municipalities in Eastern Serbia Champion Property Tax Collection

By |2017-10-14T16:09:28+00:00September 20th 2016|economic development, governance & finance, green & smart development, municipal & climate finance, Tags: , , , , |

By doubling their revenues through property taxation, nine Eastern Serbian municipalities are now able to finance projects vital to their communities.

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The role of local governments in sustainable urbanisation

By |2017-10-14T19:36:55+00:00August 18th 2016|governance & finance, urban & metropolitan governance, Tags: , , , , |

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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The Urban Informal Economy: Towards more inclusive Cities

By |2017-10-14T16:14:14+00:00August 16th 2016|decent work, green & smart development, Tags: , , , |

In many countries, informal employment still makes up a large proportion of the economy. Yet local governments often do nothing to protect these workers and instead they are frequently subject to discrimination. Marty Chen, Sally Roever and Caroline Skinner from the WIEGO Network show ways in which they can organize to claim their rights and be better included in urban policy processes.

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