SPOTLIGHT ON: LIVEABLE CITIES

Ingredients for Inclusive and Effective Urban Reform

By |2022-06-07T10:07:35+02:00May 31st 2022|Multi Stakeholder Partnerships, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

Sumaya Saluja from The Asia Foundation on inclusion, equality and participatory governance for liveable cities.

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.

SPOTLIGHT ON: WOMEN IN CITIES

The Future (and Past) of Cities is Female

By |2022-03-21T19:51:16+01:00March 15th 2022|Global Urban Debates, Youth & Gender, , , |

Who defines our cities? And what are the consequences of these definitions? Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman shares some reflections.

Cities are Key to Changing Course and Transforming Education

By |2022-01-24T09:44:35+01:00January 24th 2022|Global Urban Debates, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , |

The world is at a turning point. The COVID-19 pandemic has acted as an accelerator of technological disruption and inequalities, interlocked with the existential threat of the climate crisis. The only way forward is to transform our future. This is no less than a universal educational project to empower every person from the earliest age and throughout life with the knowledge, competences, and attitudes to live in dignity and act for the common good. Since more than half of humanity lives in urban areas, cities have a major role to play in realising the right to education for citizens throughout the world.

A Sustainable Urban Future: The Role of Early Childhood Education

By |2022-01-26T11:39:05+01:00January 11th 2022|Youth & Gender, , , , |

Playing is learning – and a way to teach young children the principles of sustainable urban development. The Toy Library Association of Kenya wants every child and every educational facility to have access to tools for playful education for sustainable development. By Lilian A. Oloo

Refugees in Towns: Strengthening Inclusion Through Education

By |2021-12-09T10:06:13+01:00December 9th 2021|Global Urban Debates, , , , |

How can cities include refugees and foster their civil participation? Access to education plays a key role. The Refugees in Towns project draws examples of best practices from around the world. By Jacob Ewing

The Future of the Brazilian City Statute

By |2021-09-30T10:42:18+02:00September 30th 2021|Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

On the 20th anniversary of the City Statute, it is essential to reflect on its legacy of social inclusion in Brazilian cities, recognise its strategic role within national urban frameworks throughout the world and understand how a more radical transformation of our cities can be inspired by mechanisms that this legislation offers.

Lifelong Learning and Participatory Governance: The Learning City Initiative

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

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

Blended Data Infrastructures and Localisation: Smart Urbanism in the Age of Pandemic

By |2021-08-16T18:01:58+02:00August 11th 2021|Smart & Digital Development, Urban Health, , , |

Smart city initiatives have played an increasingly prominent role in urban planning. However, there remains a fundamental gap between data driven urban governance and promoting inclusivity. Jaideep Gupte argues that cities that prioritise citizens over technologies are likely to be the ‘smartest’ and most liveable.

Spatial Fragmentation in Nairobi City; the Elephant in the Room

By |2021-04-29T10:41:05+02:00April 29th 2021|Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

Nairobi is recognised to be among the rapidly urbanising and growing economies in East and Central Africa. Eunice Jimmy reviews the city's spatial, economic, and social structure, uncovering its dual nature of formal/informal, planned/unplanned, and connected/disconnected fragments, hence Nairobi's spatial fragmentation.

Sparking Transformation Towards Inclusive Cities in a Post-Pandemic World

By |2021-04-27T11:03:33+02:00April 27th 2021|Economic Development, Smart & Digital Development, , , |

The global pandemic presents us with many challenges. But the current digital transformation may also be a powerful tool for inclusive city planning. Ramola Naik Singru from the Asian Development Bank highlights key learnings.

Equal Access for All in Amman, Jordan

By |2021-04-22T08:15:36+02:00April 22nd 2021|Decent Work, Urban Health, , , |

Amman's infrastructure is not accessible to everyone. This has far-reaching consequences for people with disabilities – their everyday lives, their education, and their employment. Asia Yaghi analyses challenges and options.

Rethinking “Fortress Europe”: Public Spaces from Idomeni to Thessaloniki, Greece

By |2021-04-20T08:45:40+02:00April 20th 2021|Global Urban Debates, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , , |

After years of ongoing crisis, the once called temporary measures at the EU borders have become constant ones: the Fortress Europe has solidified. Isabell Enssle presents the effects the fortified border has for communities and public spaces from the North Macedonian-Greek borderline to the city of Thessaloniki, linking them with a tool kit for inclusive public spaces.

Right to the City: Informal Workers and Public Space in Mexico City

By |2021-04-15T09:33:45+02:00April 15th 2021|Decent Work, , , , |

The informal economy contributes significantly to the wealth of many cities worldwide, but local legislators rarely recognise the rights of informal workers to use public space. Tania Espinosa Sánchez from WIEGO shares critical insights from Ciudad de México.

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