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: DIGITALISATION AND GOVERNANCE

Participation and Digital Tools Fulfil the Quest for Better Quality of Life in Cities

By |2022-02-24T13:26:49+01:00February 24th 2022|Governance & Finance, Green & Smart Development, , , , |

Lack of communication between citizens and municipal administrations can seriously hinder the sustainable development of urban environments. Digital tools are here to help, to increase people’s participation in co-creating more liveable, human-centred cities.

To Advance Access to Education, Communities Need to Focus on Financial Equity and Literacy

By |2021-11-25T11:02:50+01:00November 25th 2021|Economic Development, Youth & Gender, , , |

How to improve access to education in small municipalities? Scott Frank and Ronald Kibirige from the InteRoots Initiative present a community-led example from Kasasa, Uganda.

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|Governance & Finance, , , |

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.

Civic Technology for Participatory Cities of the Future

By |2021-08-23T10:33:43+02:00August 17th 2021|Green & Smart Development, , , |

Advanced by the COVID-19 pandemic, cities are experiencing a surge in technological innovation. Among them, civic technologies hold promising solutions towards more citizen participation, argues Francesca Esses.

Citizen Participation for Urban Transport Planning

By |2021-04-06T10:49:11+02:00April 6th 2021|Urban Health, Urban Mobility, , , , , |

Meelan Thondoo showcases how citizen participation in cities of low-and-middle income countries can contribute to sustainable urban transport policies and better urban living.

Me, Them, and URBAN MENUS

By |2020-11-10T09:05:54+01:00November 10th 2020|Smart & Digital Development, , , |

Emphasising the importance of citizen participation in urban planning, architect Laura Spinadel presents URBAN MENUS: a tool for smart urban design that allows all stakeholders to include their vision of a city into the planning process.

Gamification in Urban Planning: Participation Through Minecraft

By |2020-11-03T09:57:11+01:00November 3rd 2020|Smart & Digital Development, Youth & Gender, , |

Minecraft is one of the most popular computer games in the world. Like a virtual version of Lego, it invites players to create their own world of buildings, villages, and other spatial elements. Every month, more than 110 million people play Minecraft – but did you know that it can also be used for urban planning?

I (don’t) want to live here! Exploring perceptions of liveability in Bangladesh

By |2021-07-23T14:20:33+02:00September 17th 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Global Urban Debates, , , |

What makes people prefer one place over another? Liveability is a popular topic, but smaller cities are still left unexplored. Istiakh Ahmed from the International Centre for Climate Change and Development wonders what residents in coastal Bangladesh consider a liveable, even loveable city.

More Inclusive Cities for a Better Urban Future: Participatory Planning in Indonesia

By |2020-08-20T11:23:42+02:00August 20th 2020|Decentralisation, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

Participatory budgeting in Indonesia is not new, but policy makers still rarely consult with citizens on large-scale urban projects – even though it leads to better and more sustainable results. John Taylor and Ahmad Rifai make a strong case for embracing people-based budgets.

Inclusive Policies need Inclusive Policymaking – Participatory Budgeting in Cameroon

By |2020-08-11T11:22:59+02:00August 11th 2020|Decentralisation, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , |

Participatory Budgeting bridges the gap between governments and their people. Jules Dumas Nguebou and Achille Noupéou uncover what happens when disadvantaged Cameroonians suddenly have a say over city spending.

Bangladesh: In Quest of a Decentralised Local Representative Bodies

By |2020-08-04T11:21:53+02:00August 4th 2020|Decentralisation, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , |

Are local government bodies in Bangladesh fully empowered? Dr Mohammad Tarikul Islam investigates this question and makes a case for strengthening local leadership through ensuring funds and participation.

Categorising South Africa’s Resilient Urbanisms

By |2021-11-05T11:43:27+01:00June 11th 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , |

Urban planning during the apartheid regime specifically designed cities to displace and separate. Ngaka Mosiane, Mamokete Matjomane, and Avhatakali Sithagu argue for a concept of spatial culture that captures this particularity of South Africa's resilient urban history.

Addressing Climate Change Vulnerability of Coastal Cities Through Mangrove Forests

By |2020-04-28T11:43:39+02:00March 12th 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, Green & Smart Development, , , |

Around the world, coastal cities are threatened by storms, rising sea levels, and other climate change related hazards. With conventional approaches often both costly and ineffective, nature-based solutions are offering valuable alternatives. One example are the community-based methods developed by the NGO Mangrove Action Project.

How Can Social and Economic Development Spring from Art? A Case Study from Halle (Saale), Germany

By |2021-11-05T12:51:38+01:00February 11th 2020|Economic Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

In Halle, a collective of urban planners, teachers, artists, students, and volunteers painted a whole district with street art and graffiti, demonstrating that these techniques can lead to positive social, cultural, and economic impact in shrinking and neglected areas.

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