Digital Solutions for Cities: An Assessment Framework

By |2020-11-05T14:28:05+01:00November 5th 2020|Smart & Digital Development, , |

Technological transformation is rapidly changing our cities. To ensure that they are changing them for better, sustainability, digitalisation, and urban development must go hand in hand. Luciana Maia and François van Schalkwyk present an assessment tool for digital solutions which helps to find the necessary connections.

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Bottom-Up Movements Revitalised – What is Different This Time?

By |2020-10-29T09:13:15+01:00October 29th 2020|Global Urban Debates, , |

Concluding our insight series on the event "Inclusive Cities – The Next Generation", Celine D'Cruz (Urban Development Practitioner), Franziska Schreiber (University of Stuttgart), and Nancy Naser Al Deen (TU Berlin) discuss ways of transformative change in cities based on the needs of its communities and protest culture structures.

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“Leadership and Project Finance is All You Need” – Whatever Happened to the Notion of Urban Transformation?

By |2020-10-28T11:21:01+01:00October 28th 2020|Global Urban Debates, , , |

Round 2 of our special focus week on ICLEI’s Daring Cities Conference includes highly critical and promising insights from Max Lohmann (C40 / GIZ), Hilmar von Lojewski (Association of German Cities), and Sarah Colenbrander (Overseas Development Institute).

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Global Agendas, National Urban Policies – Does Anybody Care?

By |2020-10-27T22:48:58+01:00October 27th 2020|Global Urban Debates, , , |

We are delighted to kick off our special focus week on Inclusive Cities with inputs by Billy Cobbett (Cities Alliance), Tobias Kettner (World Food Programme), and Tina Silbernagl (GIZ) on the question if and how global agendas, supra-national conventions, national urban policies and multilateral organisations and partnerships are critical instruments to promote value-based urban development.

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Municipal Financing: The Key to Climate-Neutral Cities (video)

By |2020-08-27T09:55:57+02:00August 27th 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Climate Change & Resilience, Decentralisation, Municipal & Climate Finance, , , |

To learn more about the three levels of action required to improve municipal finance and ultimately build climate-neutral cities, take a look at this short explanatory film by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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Localizing Global Agendas

By |2019-09-25T11:13:51+02:00September 25th 2019|Climate Change & Resilience, Global Urban Debates, , , , , , |

The 2019 SDG Summit will mark the first quadrennial review of the 2030 Agenda. It assesses where we are, how far we have come since its adoption – and what needs to be done, as we enter the next decade, to achieve the ambitious global goals to leave no one and no place behind.

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Leave No One Behind in Cities: How Can Knowledge Gaps About Marginalisation Be Filled?

By |2019-07-30T10:54:28+02:00July 30th 2019|Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , , , |

Street dwellers and the urban poor often don’t have access to their cities’ services. One reason behind this problem is the fact that they are not surveyed and consulted in data collection. How can this gap be filled?

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Sustainable Cities for All – How Can SDGs Contribute?

By |2019-07-25T11:40:45+02:00July 25th 2019|Decent Work, , , , , |

Migrant workers in cities often experience exclusion and discrimination. Hoang Phuong Thao explains the particular situation of women migrant workers in Vietnam, and why SDG implementation is a great tool for integrating disadvantaged groups into the urban development process.

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‘Leaving No-One Behind’ in Urban Climate Actions

By |2019-07-23T12:06:18+02:00July 23rd 2019|Climate Change & Resilience, Global Urban Debates, , , , |

Home to an increasing majority of the world’s population, cities are at the forefront of the fight against climate change and rising inequality. While it is recognised that these challenges need to be tackled together, one can also witness a growing awareness of the trade-offs that can occur in cases when urban climate projects insufficiently cater for the needs of vulnerable communities. Mathilde Bouyé and Delfina Grinspan outline how climate projects need to be designed in order to leave no one behind.

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Why Cities Matter: Integrated Implementation of the 2030 Agenda

By |2019-07-09T11:32:05+02:00July 9th 2019|Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

As international actors gather for the 2019 High Level Political Forum, cities have to be understood to be key players in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, writes Lennard Kehl, advisor in the GIZ Sector Project "Integrated Implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Cities and City-Regions".

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Innovation for Better Quality of Life in Cities and Communities: First UN-Habitat Assembly

By |2019-05-31T10:33:24+02:00May 31st 2019|Global Urban Debates, , , , , , |

From 27-31 May 2019, the first UN-Habitat assembly is taking place in Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi. Reuben Kyama reports directly from the conference.

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Infrastructure and SDGs in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

By |2019-04-30T08:44:32+02:00April 30th 2019|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Governance & Finance, , , , , , , |

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, commits to implementation of the SDGs. To this end, the city focusses on sustainable construction, always ensuring to align the SDGs with national policies.

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SDG Indicators for Municipalities

By |2021-02-22T13:39:05+01:00October 10th 2018|Governance & Finance, Multi Stakeholder Partnerships, , , , |

While the SDGs represent truly global goals, their implementation relies on local efforts. The initiative “SDG Indicators for Municipalities” by various stakeholders in Germany offers an extremely useful tool that allows to measure progress while paying attention to the specifics of individual municipalities.

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Land Governance: Catalyst for Sustainable Urban Development

By |2021-02-23T13:52:42+01:00August 2nd 2018|Global Urban Debates, Governance & Finance, , , , , |

Without land reforms, sustainable urbanisation is set to fail, argues Danilo Antonio from UN-Habitat. In his article, he outlines the conflicting interests around land governance issues and points out ways to secure land access and property rights for all urban dwellers.

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How to Reduce Nigeria’s Urban Carbon Footprint

By |2021-02-23T14:01:45+01:00July 24th 2018|Climate Change & Resilience, Energy & Waste, Green & Smart Development, , , , |

By increasing the share of renewables in Nigeria’s energy production, a growing urban population will be able to attain energy supply and greenhouse gas emissions will go down, says author Ifeoma Malo from Power for All.

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