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Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 16:07
Rising house prices and incomes, an aging housing stock, and a pickup in household growth are all contributing to today’s strong home improvement market. Demand is robust in coastal metros with especially high house values and household incomes. Demographic trends should continue to buoy the market over the next decade, with the rising tide of older homeowners accounting for more than... Read more
Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 15:03
Cities around the world face the challenge of understanding why, how and where they are growing; an understanding that is crucial if they are to realise opportunities to steer this growth in ways that promote sustainable and equitable urban development. Being able to measure, visualise and analyse these often complex patterns of growth is essential to effective policy design and implementation.... Read more
Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 11:18
This paper attempts to understand the nature of the impact informality has on inclusive growth by comparing the cases of Colombia and South Africa: two upper-middle income countries with very different views and government approaches to the issue. Colombia and South Africa are both upper-middle income countries struggling to break out of the middle-income trap, yet current debates surrounding... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 12:21
We argue that urbanization has accelerated in the last few decades, and that this largely overlooked phenomenon cannot be explained by existing empirical models of urbanization. Consequently, we explicitly bring forward the role of information in driving urbanization, focusing on information and communication technology (ICT), especially the Internet. For this purpose, we develop a simple two-... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 09:22
The world is experiencing an unprecedented transition from predominantly rural to mainly urban living, with more than 55 percent of the world’s population already living in urban areas and this figure is set to rise to 70 percent by the middle of 21st century. While rapid and spontaneous urbanization has presented the world’s cities with major environmental, economic and social challenges,... Read more
Posted on Friday, February 10, 2017 - 11:25
Cities in Sub-Saharan Africa are experiencing rapid population growth. Yet their economic growth has not kept pace. Why? One factor might be low capital investment, due in part to Africa’s relative poverty: Other regions have reached similar stages of urbanization at higher per capita GDP. This study, however, identifies a deeper reason: African cities are closed to the world. Compared with... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 10:39
This is a defining moment. Together, we are starting to build towards the low-carbon era. This is indeed a collective effort. States, communities, civil society organisations, businesses, international and intergovernmental organisations: we are all mobilised for the challenges that face us. The complexity of the climate challenge requires us to not only work at the global level but also to... Read more
Posted on Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 11:05
The Black & Veatch 2017 Strategic Directions: Smart City/Smart Utility Report investigates the progress made by communities and utilities as they continue their evolution toward smarter infrastructure. Around the globe, cities and utilities are beginning to see tangible results from preliminary efforts and are gaining confidence in what a smart city can be. Municipalities are starting to... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 10:15
As part of the Global Call to Action in Indigenous and Community Land Rights, this brief puts the spotlight on the need to secure land rights for the world’s pastoralists, as pastoralism is practised by an estimated 200-500 million people.1 Pastoralists manage rangelands that cover a quarter of the world’s land surface but have few advocates.2 Indigenous and community lands are used, managed or... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 10:07
The Conference in Quito was by no means the end of local and regional governments’ Habitat III Journey. Our constituency sees the New Urban Agenda as the lynchpin of all of the other major international agendas adopted over recent years. The Paris Climate Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals, the Sendai Framework… all will depend on the successful implementation of the New Urban Agenda... Read more

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