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Posted on Monday, June 5, 2017 - 11:53
Mobilizing adequate revenues to meet recurrent expenditures and make long-term investments in support of inclusive and sustainable local development are among the most significant challenges cities are facing across the globe, especially those in Least Developed Countries (LDCs). This is the urban finance challenge addressed by ‘Financing Sustainable Urban Development in the Least Developed... Read more
Posted on Friday, June 2, 2017 - 10:10
The Malawi Economic Monitor (MEM) provides an analysis of economic and structural development issues in Malawi. This edition of the MEM was published in May 2017. It follows on from the four previous editions of the MEM, and is part of an ongoing series, with future editions to follow twice per year. The aim of the publication is to foster better-informed policy analysis and debate regarding the... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 15:55
Urbanization is a driving force for growth and poverty reduction. Globally, over 80 percent of economic activity is concentrated in cities, and cities are essential for lifting millions of people out of poverty through the opportunities that density and agglomeration can bring with jobs, services, and innovation. However, if not carefully managed and planned for, the benefits of urbanization are... Read more
Posted on Monday, May 29, 2017 - 15:01
The State of the City speech is a reflection of the mayor’s priorities as well as the city’s accomplishments, challenges and roadmap for the future. National League of Cities’ annual State of the Cities report is a content analysis of mayors’ own words. It identifies top-level issues, such as economic development and infrastructure, and specific policies, such as workforce training and transit in... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 15:19
Africa is urbanizing late but fast. This brings many benefits but, as this report shows: thus far, urbanization in Africa, unique in a number of respects, is having deleterious and largely unchecked impacts on the natural environment; the degradation of natural assets and ecosystems within African cities carries tangible economic, fiscal and social costs; there are important opportunities to... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 15:10
As our world becomes predominantly urban, cities are increasingly emerging as the field where the main challenges for sustainable development will and must be tackled. Collectively, cities are simultaneously responsible for 70% of global GDP, greenhouse gas emissions, and global waste, as well as over 60% of global energy consumptioni . The United Nations estimates that four out of five people... Read more
Posted on Monday, May 22, 2017 - 10:08
The position for women in Ugandan society could be considered one of power – lessness: influenced by a range of factors including social norms and practices that prevent their full participation in the world of work (WoW), inequitable gender paygaps, and a variety of barriers in women’s professional and personal lives. In order to better understand how to change these social norms and facilitate... Read more
Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 09:39
Without urgent action to address low levels of competitiveness, Africa’s economies will not create enough jobs for the young people entering the job market. If current policies remain unchanged, fewer than one-quarter of the 450 million new jobs needed in Africa in the next 20 years will be created. These are among the key findings of the Africa Competitiveness Report 2017, a biennial publication... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 15:08
This year the World Development Indicators database has been improved to include more indicators that cover the Sustainable Development Goals and more data disaggregated by sex, age, wealth quintile, and urban or rural location. New data include access to clean cooking fuels and the number of industrial design applications registered globally. This edition reflects two major structural changes to... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 09:51
UN-Habitat’s Global Activities Report (GAR) 2017 aims to provide updates of the Agency’s programmatic delivery at the global, regional and national levels for the years 2015-2016. There has been a growing recognition of urbanization as an engine of sustainable development over the past two years, as reflected in the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Other... Read more

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