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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 10:32
Commutes that cause panic attacks – but the kindness of a village community. Jakarta’s residents tell us what life in the city is really like – and why they have such a love/hate relationship with the Indonesian capital Throughout our live week of in-depth reporting on Jakarta, we’ve been asking residents to share their thoughts, photographs and experiences of life in the city, what needs to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 10:21
Published by United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG-Africa) with the support of Cities Alliance (CA), the study on the institutional environment offered to cities and local authorities aims to alert national governments of African countries to the urgent need to establish an enabling environment for the initiative and autonomy of action of cities and local authorities.To assess... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 09:54
I spend most of my time these days trying to understand what holds back economic growth in the developing countries where I work. This is a field of research sometimes called growth diagnostics, of which Dani Rodrik has been a leading thinker. In his latest book, Economics Rules, Dani illustrates that economists’ conclusions are greatly influenced by which economic model they select for their... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 09:48
The Great Migration: How Cities Can Manage the New Trend Toward Urbanization -- Craig Catley, Director of StrategyBlocks, has a long history in helping organizations manage change. He unlocks what cities can practically do to build the right foundation for upgrading technology and handle the drain on resources recently experienced by the rise in urbanization. Cities all over the world are... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 09:29
Urbanization comes at a price, especially in an era of climate change and increased risk of natural disasters. Presently, the average annual loss from natural disasters in cities is estimated by the UN at over $250 billion. If cities fail to build their resilience to disasters, shocks, and ongoing stresses, this figure will rise to $314 billion by 2030, and 77 million more city dwellers will... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 09:26
As Africa urbanizes and more people move to informal settlements on the edge of large cities, lack of formal addresses will become much larger in scale and economically problematic. There are many things provided as public goods that people in other parts of the world take for granted. Many of those public goods simply do not exist out here in Tanzania, and the importance of those public goods... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 09:09
Approximately 54% of the world’s population now lives in urban areas, and global population is expected to rise from 7 billion to 9.5 billion by 2050. In line with this, the proportion of people living in urban areas will rise to 66%, with this increase taking place primarily in African and Asian cities. They are followed by Latin America and the Caribbean region, which has the third highest... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 09:11
What comes next for U.S. cities, now that the 2016 presidential election has come to a close? As polls closed Nov. 8, this question quickly came to the forefront for urban planners and city-dwellers alike. In recent history, cities have been on the frontline for providing solutions. Adept at crafting locally appropriate solutions, urban leaders have been able to take direct action on a range of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 09:02
Cement has a bad rep in environmental circles. That’s mainly because its production creates 5 percent of the world’s industrial carbon emissions. But a new study gives this climate rogue a bit of a reprieve. Cement-based materials such as concrete can, over their lifetime, absorb some of the carbon released during cement production, researchers have found. Almost a quarter of cement’s carbon... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 08:59
By 2035, San Diego intends to run on 100% renewable energy. Under the plan, 90% of all waste will be recycled and composted and 50% of all vehicles will be electric. San Diego is renowned for its great beaches, stellar food, and conscious populace, but it will soon be recognized for something even greater… According to Climate Action Programme, the Californian city is moving forward with an... Read more