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Spotlight on: Young Voices

My Biggest Question to You

By |2022-08-11T14:43:46+02:00August 11th 2022|Climate Change & Resilience, Youth & Gender, , , , , |

14-year-old climate activist and member of the BBC's 100 Most Influential and Powerful Women, Ridhima Pandey, on her hometown and what inspires her to work every day for a better and greener future for all.

SPOTLIGHT ON: AFFORDABLE CITIES

Affordable New Delhi: Developments, Challenges, and Opportunities

By |2022-07-14T09:25:29+02:00July 14th 2022|Housing & Informality, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

Changing discourses have characterised New Delhi's housing policy over time. Piyush Tiwari and Jyoti Shukla outline developments and call onto the public and private housing institutions to provide equal access to decent and affordable housing.

SPOTLIGHT ON: AFFORDABLE CITIES

Making Cities Inclusive for Marginalised and Climate Vulnerable Populations

By |2022-07-12T15:57:59+02:00July 12th 2022|Climate Change & Resilience, Decent Work, Energy & Waste, , , |

The world today needs solutions, to eradicate poverty in a holistic and sustainable manner. They lie in better technology, affordable finance, and induced market linkages. All these are factors that can be incentivised through city governments, argue Huda Jaffer and Nirmita Chandrashekar, emphasising that the poor should be part of the solution and not the problem.

SPOTLIGHT ON: URBAN LABS AND INNOVATION

JAGA MISSION – Transforming Lives, Leaderships, and Liveability

By |2022-04-21T09:17:22+02:00April 21st 2022|Housing & Informality, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , |

The Indian state of Odisha has initiated a slum upgrading programme that acknowledges residents as city makers. Preeti Prada Panigrahi presents its advantages and successes.

Thinking Together Urbanisation and Agriculture: What do Farmers do Under Rapid Urban Growth?

By |2021-11-11T09:36:47+01:00November 11th 2021|Economic Development, , , , |

The global debate on agriculture under urbanisation has often focused a priori on the replacement of agricultural uses by built-up space. It thereby often overlooks new opportunities for agriculture at the urban periphery.

Towards a Symbiotic Urban Form: the Smart Ruralopolis

By |2021-11-05T12:58:30+01:00November 4th 2021|Green & Smart Development, , , , |

A fresh perspective on urban-rural linkages allows us to re-envision urban fringe areas as zones for innovative businesses, growth, and prosperity. By Kaustubh Das

Hang in There, Chennai!

By |2021-06-17T10:35:04+02:00June 17th 2021|Climate Change & Resilience, Water & Sanitation, , , , |

Chennai’s wetlands are prone to disastrous floods and droughts. Jayshree Vencatesan delves into the city’s past and shows just how important understanding city hydrology is for urban planning.

Regularising Unauthorised Colonies in Delhi: A Missed Opportunity to Improve Gendered Access to Land?

By |2021-04-01T10:33:29+02:00April 1st 2021|Housing & Informality, Youth & Gender, , , , |

Delhi’s recent regularisation scheme PM-UDAY promises to improve tenure security of about 5 million residents – a highly ambitious task considering the gendered implications of land tenure security in India. Can the scheme deliver on its potential and strengthen women’s land ownership? By Sonal Sharma, Smriti Singh and Sukrit Nagpal from SEWA Bharat

Regularising Unauthorised Colonies in Delhi: Well-Intended but Not Enough

By |2021-03-30T14:09:34+02:00March 30th 2021|Housing & Informality, , , , |

A recent regularisation scheme promises to improve the tenure security of about 5 million Delhi residents. But how inclusive is the scheme and does it keep pace with the realities on the ground? Sukrit Nagpal, Smriti Singh and Sonal Sharma from SEWA Bharat take a critical look.

Local Value Addition in India’s and Indonesia’s Construction Raw Materials Sectors

By |2021-01-26T07:54:03+01:00January 26th 2021|Decent Work, Decentralisation, Economic Development, , , , |

Construction raw materials are a source for local value addition – if their potential is fully tapped. The sector project "Extractives and Development" of the “The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources" (BGR) presents its research results – and emphasises the need to pay special attention to labour rights and environmental protection.

Contestations over Informal Settlements: Which Way Forward? An Interview

By |2021-02-22T13:00:56+01:00October 22nd 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Housing & Informality, , , , |

Ethiopia is experiencing unprecedented population growth. Despite large government housing programs, there are more and more informal settlements in the country, and cases of forceful displacement and evictions are on the rise. In the virtual event “Ways forward for informal settlements”, Tania Berger from Danube University Krems discusses options for inclusive urbanisation with an international panel.

India’s Housing Crisis: A Gender Perspective

By |2020-10-08T16:07:46+02:00October 8th 2020|Housing & Informality, Youth & Gender, , |

With 17 per cent of India's urban population living in informal settlements, affordable housing has become a pressing issue. It is imperative, writes Swapnil Saxena, that any housing scheme recognises the particular vulnerabilities women experience in urban settings and focusses on women’s rights.

It’s Time to Change the Housing Conversation

By |2020-10-06T09:29:06+02:00October 6th 2020|Economic Development, Housing & Informality, Water & Sanitation, , , , , |

Safe, affordable housing is not an end in itself but should be interwoven with other interventions to improve access to related services and benefits. As the pandemic exacerbates shortcomings in housing programmes around the world, Vidhee Garg on the need to re-think housing and to look beyond its purely quantitative aspects.

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.

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