Lifelong Learning and Participatory Governance: The Learning City Initiative

By |2021-09-21T10:29:37+02:00September 21st 2021|Categories: Multi Stakeholder Partnerships, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , |

Cities have immense potential to foster capacities for lifelong learning, argues Raúl Valdés-Cotera from the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities.

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Urban Safety and Good Urban Governance: Examples from Kinshasa

By |2021-09-16T11:13:32+02:00September 16th 2021|Categories: Urban & Metropolitan Governance, Youth & Gender|Tags: , , , |

"Kulunas" – youth gangs – have been part of Kinshasa's neighbourhoods for two decades. Marc-André Lagrange and Thierry Vircoulon analyse their origins and why their ever more violent repression is not going to increase safety in Kinshasa.

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Understanding Dynamics of Urban Poverty in Nigeria: What Role for Urban Governance?

By |2021-09-14T11:54:41+02:00September 14th 2021|Categories: Energy & Waste, Green & Smart Development|Tags: , , , |

How are rapid urbanisation, urban poverty, and slums' emergence interconnected in Nigeria? And what areas of urban governance should local governments focus on if they are to successfully tackle urban poverty? Bassey Bassey shares some reflections.

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Infrastructure Transparency in Metropolitan Kampala

By |2021-09-09T14:13:59+02:00September 9th 2021|Categories: Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , , , |

Efforts for infrastructure development will be in vain if the public is not involved in the process. Olive Kabatwairwe with meaningful insights and best practices from Uganda.

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Transparent and Accountable: Ukrainian Cities Fight for Openness

By |2021-09-02T10:32:31+02:00September 2nd 2021|Categories: Smart & Digital Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , , |

Local authorities often perceive publishing information about their activities as a tedious responsibility. But Ukrainian cities prove that digital openness is a chance for rising investments, growth of trust, and increased human resources. By Olena Ogorodnik from Transparency International Ukraine

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Can Access to Budget Information Empower Citizens and Enhance Urban Governance? A Perspective from South Africa

By |2021-08-31T10:18:06+02:00August 31st 2021|Categories: Governance & Finance|Tags: , , |

Fiscal transparency and public participation play a vital role in building more democratic spaces and fostering trust between people and their government. However, this requires the fostering of genuine multi-stakeholder collaboration, argues Zukiswa Kota.

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Urbanisation in Fragile Societies: Thinking about Kabul

By |2019-12-04T15:56:19+01:00December 4th 2019|Categories: Economic Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , , , , |

As part of the Blavatnik School of Government's “Challenges of Government” Conference, the International Growth Centre's Cities that Work team put together a panel on identity and legitimacy in Kabul. The discussion highlighted the importance of building legitimacy in fragile contexts, particularly given the emergence of fragmented identities and new networks of solidarity, resistance and governance in urban contexts affected by conflict.

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How Parking Meter Data Can Help Fight Corruption

By |2019-08-28T11:54:01+02:00August 28th 2019|Categories: Governance & Finance, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , , , , , |

How can cities fight corruption? In Mexico, various cities have successfully worked with open data as an accountability tool that also improves service delivery. Ania Calderón and Eduardo Bohorquéz explain.

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UN-Habitat’s Integrated Municipal Finance Programme – Part 2

By |2021-02-23T14:02:57+01:00August 22nd 2019|Categories: Governance & Finance, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , , , , |

UN-Habitat's municipal finance programme is witnessing an exciting evolution in Kenya that offers lessons for local governments worldwide. Marco Kamiya, UN-Habitat’s Chief of the Urban Economy and Finance Branch describes the challenges cities face in their efforts to advance the sustainable development agenda.

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UN-Habitat’s Integrated Municipal Finance Programme – Part 1

By |2021-02-23T14:03:04+01:00August 20th 2019|Categories: Governance & Finance, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , , , , |

UN-Habitat's municipal finance programme is witnessing an exciting evolution in Kenya that offers lessons for local governments worldwide. Marco Kamiya, UN-Habitat’s Chief of the Urban Economy and Finance Branch describes the challenges cities face in their efforts to advance the sustainable development agenda.

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How Local Governments Can Support Micro-Businesses and Start-Ups

By |2019-08-13T09:58:35+02:00August 13th 2019|Categories: Smart & Digital Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , , , , |

Start-ups and Micro-businesses drive innovation and quality control and provide employment. The intervention of local governments can create conditions where such small businesses can thrive, says Ayodotun Stephen Ibidunni.

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Saudi Arabia’s Smart Cities Program: Why Local Government is Imperative to Digital Transformation

By |2019-08-08T09:48:13+02:00August 8th 2019|Categories: Smart & Digital Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , , , |

Cities can only become “smart” if they are responsive to their citizens – therefore, local governments need to take the lead in the digital transformation, says Bilal Saghir.

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A Pulse for Cities: What Makes Open Contracting Essential to Modernizing City Governments

By |2019-08-06T08:57:01+02:00August 6th 2019|Categories: Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Contracting is an unacknowledged superpower that cities have at their disposal to ensure high-quality service delivery to their citizens. Kathrin Frauscher explains how to go about it.

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