Categorising South Africa’s Resilient Urbanisms

By |2020-06-11T08:17:21+02:00June 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.

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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.

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

By |2020-02-11T09:12:47+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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Empowering Communities to Build Resilience: Quito, Ecuador

By |2019-10-01T09:24:27+02:00October 1st 2019|Climate Change & Resilience, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , , |

Quito, Ecuador is facing a variety of natural hazards, making it imperative to develop proper resilience strategies. David Jácome Polit, the city's Chief Resilience Officer, explains why any such strategy has to be based on a neighbourhood's social structure.

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Building Community in the East of Mexico City

By |2019-09-17T10:49:57+02:00September 17th 2019|Global Urban Debates, , , , |

In neglected parts of Mexico City, the work of the NGO ENSAMBLE shows how investing into community and togetherness can change poor urban areas for the better, including all residents in a highly participative process.

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Real World Civic Tech Implications of South Africa’s Grassroot Platform

By |2019-06-25T09:34:25+02:00June 25th 2019|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Municipal & Climate Finance, , , , , , |

Enabling participatory democracy is the goal of South Africa's online platform Grassroot, where community members get together to change their municipalities for the better – with considerable success, as Katlego Mohlabane, outreach and campaigns coordinator at Grassroot, illustrates with examples from Mnandini and Mzondi.

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Having a Say in What Affects Your Life: Youth Participation in Kumasi, Ghana

By |2020-06-22T12:43:34+02:00February 21st 2019|Urban & Metropolitan Governance, Youth & Gender, , , , , , , |

In Ghana, several policies and laws aim at including youth in urban planning processes. In reality, however, youth do not take part in city development. Emmanuelle Laurinda Godjo analyses the causes and suggests measures that authorities should take.

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Urban Futures: Youth Participation in the Baltics and the Balkans

By |2020-06-22T12:47:47+02:00February 19th 2019|Governance & Finance, Youth & Gender, , , , , |

Citizen participation in urban planning is a quite new concept to begin with. And, even if implemented, cities often neglect to extend the concept to those, whose lives will be most affected by a city's development: Youth

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Empowering Syrian Refugees Through Cash for Work Programmes

By |2020-06-22T12:26:26+02:00December 18th 2018|Decent Work, Economic Development, Youth & Gender, , , , , , , , |

Living as a refugee is difficult, and often aggravated by not being able to work and earn money in your host country. In Southern Jordan, refugees and locals take part in urban regeneration efforts.

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Young People’s Participation: Critical for Responsive City Planning

By |2020-06-22T12:44:09+02:00September 6th 2018|Housing & Informality, Youth & Gender, , , , , |

In the Indian city of Mumbai, different groups participated in revising the city’s Development Plan. This article highlights the importance of the participation of young people in city planning at the neighbourhood level if planning is to respond adequately and responsibly to contemporary challenges.

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By the People, For the People: Social and Environmental Revitalisation of the Caño Martín Peña, Puerto Rico

By |2018-08-27T11:54:29+02:00August 22nd 2018|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Housing & Informality, , , , , |

Improving the living conditions in low-income communities always entails the threat of gentrification processes, eventually displacing the original residents. Lorena Zárate claims that this is not an inevitable outcome, as can be seen in the success of the Caño Martín Peña Land Use Plan.

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Localisation is Mobilisation: The 2030 Agenda in Asia-Pacific

By |2018-07-23T12:46:15+02:00July 19th 2018|Governance & Finance, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , , , , |

It is important to think locally when implementing the SDGs, argues Christopher Dekki. Countries in Asia-Pacific, such as Laos and Sri Lanka, are examples of this successful approach.

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“City Networks Need to Be Membership-Based Organisations”

By |2018-07-23T12:47:11+02:00July 17th 2018|Participation, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , |

In an interview with URBANET, Emilia Saiz from UCLG presents her vision for the city network, talking about how the network can best represent local and regional governments in a democratic manner.

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Interview: The Power of Decentralisation

By |2018-07-12T15:21:16+02:00July 10th 2018|Decentralisation, Governance & Finance, , , , , , |

Ghana is one of the frontrunner countries dedicated to implementing the SDGs. Highlighting the local perspective, one area of implementation is the revision of the country's National Urban Policy. URBANET spoke to Sylvanus K. Adzornu from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development about key drivers for successful implementation of SDGs.

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