Urban Design and Child Road Safety

By |2019-07-04T11:34:57+02:00July 4th 2019|urban mobility, , , , |

Walking to school is a life-threatening endeavour to many African children, where road safety measures – if existent at all – fail to recognise the special needs of children. Ayikai Poswayo, Programme Director at Amend, outlines what urban engineering needs to focus on to make cities safer for children.

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Mumbai’s Young People Stake Their Claim to Play

By |2019-07-02T10:01:29+02:00July 2nd 2019|global urban debates, , , , , |

Mumbai, as many other Indian cities, has failed to provide its children and youth with open spaces for playing. But there is a growing movement that demands its right to play – with considerable success, as Doel Jaikishen from Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (YUVA) writes.

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

By |2019-02-21T09:40:07+02:00February 21st 2019|urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , , , |

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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Youth Employment in Lagos, Nigeria: Challenges and Opportunities

By |2019-02-07T09:09:34+02:00February 7th 2019|decent work, economic development, , , , , , |

In Lagos, youth are believed to constitute about 50 per cent of the population, equalling over 10 million people. Facing high rates unemployment and an ever-growing population, decision-makers need to understand both the challenges and the opportunities that characterise youth employment in Lagos, argues Oje Ivagba

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Rural-Urban Migration and Youth Unemployment in Nigeria: Why Public Programmes Fail

By |2019-02-06T12:04:21+02:00February 6th 2019|decent work, economic development, , , , , , |

With many young Nigerians relocating from rural to urban areas, unemployment is on the rise. Charles Ogheneruonah Eghweree and Festus Imuetinyan sketch out possible policy responses.

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Reducing Youth Crime Through Employment? An Example from Papua New Guinea

By |2019-01-24T13:52:05+02:00January 24th 2019|economic development, , , , , , |

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea has high rates of youth crime – and an employment programme aimed at changing this to the better. How effective are such programmes? Oleksiy Ivaschenko presents the findings of his recent study to URBANET.

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Young People’s Participation: Critical for Responsive City Planning

By |2018-09-18T09:06:30+02:00September 6th 2018|housing & informality, , , , , |

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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“We need to be the changemakers in our cities”

By |2018-06-19T11:34:11+02:00June 19th 2018|participation, , |

URBANET interviewed Shadnaz Azizi, a SDSN Youth Local Pathway Fellow from Tehran, about urban activism in Iran. An urban thinker and advocate, Azizi is passionate about the “in-between spaces” operating between the public and political spheres to campaign for sustainable urban development. She calls for more recognition of the essential role of virtual communities and online platforms in realising sustainable urban development.

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“(Mis-)Educating the Ghettoes of our world” – is there a Collective Neglect of the Role of Education for Youth in Violent Cities Around the World?

By |2017-10-14T15:06:37+02:00July 26th 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, health & education, , , , , , , , |

The world’s population is becoming younger, and the majority of people under the age of 25 are living in the rapidly growing cities of Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Reports claim that a disproportionate proportion of youth live in impoverished, unplanned, and often highly violent urban settlements where they are more likely to be both victims and perpetrators of urban violence. What education strategies are needed in order to improve their situation?

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Mayor of Berlin highlights role of cities in sustainable development

By |2017-10-14T15:14:14+02:00May 24th 2017|global urban debates, , , , , |

In his contribution to URBANET, Berlin's governing mayor Michael Müller outlines his expectations and hopes for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.

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Mozambique’s Stand-by Generation

By |2017-10-14T15:20:00+02:00April 13th 2017|governance & finance, participation, , , , , , , , |

In the International Development world, “youth” constitutes a critical variable to look at in any given country. Policy makers believe that more educated generations with better health and economic conditions than their parents are the absolute precondition for achieving long-term economic and social development. They are also aware that a frustrated youth is a serious threat to political stability and economic growth.

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Youth: Habitat III’s Force to Be Reckoned With

By |2017-10-14T16:12:48+02:00August 30th 2016|global urban debates, governance & finance, participation, , , , , , , |

The UN Major Group for Children and Youth is the officially mandated space for young people to participate in UN processes. How does their involvement play out in regard to the Habitat III negotiations and the New Urban Agenda? And what are their demands?

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