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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 12:03
More deaths from extreme heat. Longer allergy seasons. Increasingly polluted air and water. Diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks spreading farther and faster. Those are among the health risks that could be exacerbated by global warming coming decades, the Obama administration warned in a new report on Monday. The study, more than 300 pages long and several years in the making, focuses on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 10:28
In the wake of proposed joint public – private partnership (PPPs) venture for Urban Renewal and Redevelopment of Old Estates in Mombasa County, there has been a debate on public housing in Kenya.  Urban Renewal and Redevelopment is a great initiative and indeed a duty of the County Governments in conjunction with Urban Management Boards. The issue at hand, however, is that housing is a human... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 10:08
Addis Ababa — Rapid urbanisation across Africa presents an opportunity for increased industrialisation and development on the continent, but governments will need plans and integrated strategies if they want urbanisation to lead to growth, said Takyiwaa Manuh, director of the ECA's Social Development Policy Division on Sunday. “We know that in less than 20 years more than half of our population... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 09:49
A new study confirms what leading climate scientists have warned about for many years now: Only very aggressive climate action can save the world’s coastal cities from inundation by century’s end. We still could limit sea level rise to two feet this century if we keep total warming below 2°C, according to analysis using these new findings. Otherwise, we should be anticipating five to six feet of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 11:33
Let’s be honest: The idea of cities as the centre of sustainable development has not yet provided a satisfying answer for much of the world’s population — particularly those who live in informal settlements, away from most development and with limited opportunities to be heard. The social role of the city is not a new concept, having existed since the origins of the Greek polis. At the global... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 10:03
Shelter Afrique, a Pan-African finance institution supporting the development of the housing and real estate sector in Africa has received a $8.2 million injection of equity by the African Development Bank (AfDB). In a statement by the AfDB, the injection is meant to strengthen its balance sheet and help achieve its objective of providing quality affordable housing in Africa. “Africa’s economic... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 09:56
The United Nations and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy have agreed to build a new, global municipal fiscal database that aims to improve sustainable urbanisation. The UN’s Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the US-based think-tank signed an agreement earlier this month to build the database. It is hoped it will make cities more safe, resilient and sustainable by increasing access... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 09:36
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors on Tuesday approved a $95 million (approximately Rwf72 billion) International Development Association (IDA) credit line to support Rwanda’s urbanisation strategy. This, according to a statement from the bank, will be done through targeted infrastructure development and support for local economic development in six secondary cities. Through its main... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 12:39
In the lead up to World Water Day, a new programme to strengthen the capacity of local communities in Liberia to improve sanitation highlights the importance of access to clean water. David Wolo worries about finding fresh water for his family. “The water from the pipes is not good, because these pipes are outdated… you can see the sediment in the water… you can see all sorts of things in it.”... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 11:36
The region may have grand ambi­tions when it comes to the development of smart cities, but better integration between buildings is required if they are to achieve these, according to a new study. The US-based engineering firm Honeywell has unveiled new research providing a Smart Building Score for 620 buildings in seven Middle East cities, which found that few industries were able to integrate... Read more