How Vietnam Can Ensure Economic Growth and Create Green Cities

By |2019-09-12T10:21:42+02:00September 12th 2019|climate change & resilience, energy & waste, smart & digital development, , , , , , , , |

How can Vietnamese cities avoid the environmental pitfalls of rapid urbanisation? Adam Ward proposes solution-driven policies for key areas.

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A City in Transition: The Future of Transportation in Ho Chi Minh City

By |2019-05-21T12:38:23+02:00May 21st 2019|basic infrastructure & housing, green & smart development, urban mobility, , , , , |

With a growing population and economy, Ho Chi Minh City faces important decisions regarding transportation infrastructure. Robert Marshall calls for a contextual approach.

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Women’s Growing Need for Safe Mobility

By |2019-03-05T09:47:28+01:00May 23rd 2018|public spaces, urban mobility, , , , , , , , |

Until today, women around the world experience harassment and even assault when moving in public spaces, including on public transport services. In Nairobi, Kenya, the Flone Initiative is combatting gender-based violence by supporting victims, and by training service providers to effectively prevent behaviour that compromises women’s safety and right to mobility.

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Curiosity and caution: How should cities approach autonomous driving?

By |2017-10-14T14:49:10+02:00October 10th 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, urban mobility, , , |

Is autonomous driving the eco-friendly future of urban mobility? Many advocates of this new technology seem to be convinced of it. However, there may be downsides to the use of autonomous vehicles. With the Ecomobility World Festival and Congress 2017 taking place this month in Kaohsiung, URBANET's authors Monika Zimmermann and Michael Glotz-Richter assess the pro and con arguments and call for cities to approach autonomous transport with caution.

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Disorder in Public Transportation in Major Cities of Sub-Saharan Africa: The case of Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

By |2019-03-05T09:47:55+01:00August 22nd 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, urban mobility, , , , , |

Like most major cities in Sub-Saharan Africa, Abidjan has a traffic problem: Congestion, pollution and extortion amongst public transport providers means that the basic service of mobility can only be provided to citizens on a limited scale. Alexis Gueu analyses the situation.

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“Transport as usual is not an option”

By |2017-10-14T15:12:15+02:00June 6th 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, urban mobility, , , , , |

More than 80 transport practitioners engaged in TUMI Conference on Urban Mobility Governance at the side of the International Transport Summit 2017. Read Mathias Merforth and Sophia Sünder's report about the event on URBANET.

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How sustainable mobility can transform Africa’s cities

By |2018-08-02T12:06:44+02:00May 31st 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, urban mobility, , , , , , , |

Over the next 15 years, African cities will add 300 million new urban residents—fully two-thirds above today’s urban population. This unprecedented demographic shift presents a tremendous opportunity for economic uplift and poverty reduction, but these benefits hinge on the ability of African cities to dramatically improve the delivery of infrastructure and services to drive future growth.

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“In terms of speed, there is no one-size-fits-all solution” – Interview with Carlos Pardo from Despacio

By |2017-10-14T15:18:27+02:00April 25th 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, urban mobility, , , , , , , , |

In his interview with URBANET, Carlos Pardo talks about urban roads shared equally by cyclists, pedestrians and drivers, that we can save money by slowing down traffic and how we can convince people to act more environmentally friendly.

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Making Cities Safer for Women and Girls, Part II

By |2019-03-05T09:46:13+01:00March 9th 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, inclusion, public spaces, , , , , |

The experiences of women and girls in cities, and their use of the city and its public spaces, are strongly impacted by their gender. Violence and the threat of violence is a pervasive problem that affects communities and cities everywhere. In their two-part contribution, our authors Kathryn Travers, Margaret Shaw, and Kassandra McCleery analyse the gendered realities of urban space and how to make it safer and inclusive for all urban citizens.

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Making Cities Safer for Women and Girls, Part I

By |2019-03-05T09:46:35+01:00March 8th 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, inclusion, , , , , , |

The experiences of women and girls in cities, and their use of the city and its public spaces, are strongly impacted by their gender. Violence and the threat of violence is a pervasive problem that affects communities and cities everywhere. In their two-part contribution, our authors Kathryn Travers, Margaret Shaw, and Kassandra McCleery analyse the gendered realities of urban space and how to make it safer and inclusive for all urban citizens.

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Access to finance a key consideration for urban leaders at the C40 Mayors’ Summit

By |2017-10-14T15:40:03+02:00December 21st 2016|governance & finance, municipal & climate finance, , , , , |

In early December, mayors, city delegates and urban experts met in Mexico City for the sixth biennial C40 Mayors’ Summit. The summit emphasised the key role cities play in global low-carbon, resilient, and inclusive development. Providing our cities with adequate access to financing is one of the most pressing issues that need to be addressed.

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The challenge of changing travel behaviours

By |2017-10-14T15:40:45+02:00December 20th 2016|basic infrastructure & housing, urban mobility, , , , , , , , |

Urban travel requirements are constantly changing, and so are the challenges that cities face in keeping their inhabitants mobile. In an interview with URBANET, Roger Behrens (University of Cape Town) talks about the importance of accessibility, the challenges for local governments and the changing travel dynamics in South Africa.

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Transforming transport: A new initiative for sustainable urban mobility was launched in Quito

By |2017-10-14T15:57:15+02:00October 18th 2016|global urban debates, , , , , , |

At Habitat III, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) presented a new initiative to tackle the dire need for worldwide sustainable urban mobility solutions. With the “Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI)”, the Ministry and its partners are planning to support cities on their route to make accessible, sustainable transport available to their citizens.

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Towards a Global Transition in Urban Transport Concepts

By |2019-03-05T09:47:02+01:00October 14th 2016|basic infrastructure & housing, urban mobility, , , , |

Rapid urbanisation comes with growing volumes of traffic and air pollution, which creates an urgent need for sustainable and integrated urban mobility solutions. To find such solutions is one of the key goals that the German Development Cooperation wants to achieve in the Habitat III process. A newly published brochure lays out the ideas of how to get there.

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