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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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