Video: Empowering Urban Planners with City Works Trainings in Egypt

By |2019-11-28T10:43:39+01:00November 28th 2019|housing & informality, mutli stakeholder partnerships, , , |

A new series of workshops is increasing awareness of international agendas amongst local government employees in Egypt, with the aim of strengthening their work in the field of urban development and management. Watch the video to learn more.

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Lessons Learnt – Localising the SDGs in Egypt’s Urban Development

By |2019-12-05T15:47:54+01:00November 26th 2019|housing & informality, mutli stakeholder partnerships, , , |

For decades, Egypt has been suffering from uncontrolled urbanisation and low quality of urban life. Solving these issues requires collaboration between relevant stakeholders at global, national, and local level. Dr. Hassan Elmouelhi highlights some of the attempts to link these different stakeholders in the field of urban development.

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Monuments for Our Neighbourhood: How Urban Conservation Contributes to Liveable Cities

By |2019-11-12T12:07:26+01:00November 12th 2019|global urban debates, , , |

How does the preservation of cultural heritage link to a city's well-being? May al-Ibrashy, coordinator of Cairo-based initiative Athar Lina, describes how urban conservation can become a tool for urban development.

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Egyptian Eco-Communities: Reintegrating the Homeless

By |2019-10-30T10:30:54+01:00October 30th 2019|housing & informality, , , , |

Homelessness is an issue that countries are struggling to address. Professor Ayman Mosallam’s proposal for building Eco-Communities represents an innovative solution that equips homeless people with new skills and purpose. At the same time, the Eco-Communities also promote sustainable living.

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Infographics: Urban Development in Egypt

By |2019-10-22T11:22:16+02:00October 22nd 2019|global urban debates, , , , , |

URBANET's latest infographic series takes you to Egypt, offers interesting facts and figures about urbanisation and urban development – in a country that already saw cities and urban life 5,500 years ago. Urban and Rural Population The graphic displays the growth of Egypt's rural and urban population. Today, more Egyptians are living in rural

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Infographics: Urbanisation and Urban Development in Mexico

By |2019-08-27T11:23:55+02:00August 27th 2019|global urban debates, , , , , , |

It is well-known that Mexico City counts among the five largest cities in the world. Yet, the history of urbanisation in the country has more interesting facts to offer. Learn more in URBANET’s latest series of infographics.

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Municipalities Are Learning Sustainability

By |2019-07-11T10:56:06+02:00July 11th 2019|urban & metropolitan governance, , , , |

Across Germany, municipal governments are increasingly engaged in sustainable development. Thus, they are playing a key role in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, which will be assessed at the High-level Political Forum 2019. Robert Böhnke from the German Council for Sustainable Development outlines the learning processes that led and lead to municipalities' increased engagement.

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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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Boosting Urban Development in Africa Through New Mechanisms of Financing

By |2019-06-18T10:30:27+02:00June 18th 2019|municipal & climate finance, , , , , |

With the sectors for development and finance closely intertwined, a municipality's financing mechanism of choice significantly influences its development path. Khady Sarr, Programme Director of the Dakar Municipal Finance Programme, outlines several models and explains the advantages of bond loans – for municipalities and investors alike.

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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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How Can Urban Flood Management in Vietnam Become More Sustainable?

By |2019-05-28T10:10:29+02:00May 28th 2019|climate change & resilience, water & sanitation, , , , |

More than one third of Vietnam's population is living in cities, requiring effective sanitation and stormwater services. Yet their provision is limited, with an estimation of less than 10 per cent of wastewater being treated in urban areas. Sebastian Malter argues that a diversification of drainage systems will support sustainable urban development.

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Infographics: Urban Development in Viet Nam

By |2019-09-03T11:28:05+02:00May 2nd 2019|basic infrastructure & housing, global urban debates, green & smart development, housing & informality, , , , , , |

URBANET’s latest infographic series with interesting facts and figures about urbanisation and urban development in Viet Nam.

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Promoting Sustainable Urban Development Through Impact Innovation

By |2019-01-24T13:54:57+01:00January 10th 2019|economic development, smart & digital development, , , , , |

Human-centred impact innovation can be an extraordinary source of social and economic growth for cities and metropolitan areas in developing regions that drives growth of urban communities, supporting equitable and sustainable development and inclusive prosperity.

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Liveable Cities Need Sustainable Solutions

By |2018-09-13T09:37:42+02:00September 4th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, climate change & resilience, green & smart development, , |

Climate change poses new and specific challenges to the way we think about building. Christine Lemaitre from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) calls out to architects, planners, and builders to respond to this challenge instead of waiting for the entailing problems to solve themselves.

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“Being a smart city means making smart decisions” – interview with Mario Arauz from the city of Guadalajara

By |2018-03-28T11:12:56+02:00March 28th 2018|smart & digital development, , , , , |

Known as a technology hub, Guadalajara is Mexico’s answer to Silicon Valley. No wonder then that the city is in the process of transforming itself into a smart city. URBANET talked to Mario Arauz, Director of Government Innovation and Intelligent Cities, about Guadalajara’s take on the smart city concept.

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