Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 10:52
The demand for decent, affordable – and safe – housing for growing urban populations is a nagging problem for financially strapped governments throughout the developing world. According to McKinsey & Co., a third of the world’s urban population – 1.6 billion people – will be hard pressed to obtain decent housing by 2025.   Housing policymakers, however, have undermined their capacity to... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 10:18
Closing date: Sunday, 11 June 2017 Job ID: 103874 Entity: European Investment Bank Deadline: Sunday 11th June 2017 EIB Posting The EIB, the European Union's bank, is offering a secondment opportunity within its Operations Directorate - Neighbouring Countries Department - Public Sector South Division, based at its headquarters in Luxembourg (Secondee) Project Officer (Water, Environment, Urban... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 10:07
Although urban planning agencies have been around, some of them, for over 50 years, they are relatively unknown. However, their role half-way between the worlds of technology and politics, although atypical, is essential so that informed decisions can be made and proper action taken in a given territory. They can be the missing link in development and planning policies and mediate between the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 09:59
For cities, urban planning agencies comprise an effective, inclusive and resilience-minded tool to chart their futures. But if a city lacks such an office, how should local authorities go about setting one up? Help on this question has now arrived in the form of a detailed handbook for city leaders, particularly in developing countries. The Guide to Create an Urban Planning Agency is designed to... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 15:22
Since the publication of its first edition in 2008, the Global Report on Local Democracy and Decentralization (GOLD) has become an international benchmark in the analysis of local and regional governments worldwide. The fourth edition, GOLD IV, examines the challenges and issues that local and regional governments face in our current urban age through three main chapters on metropolitan areas,... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 15:10
Closing date: Monday, 19 June 2017 Posting Title: INTERN - Urban Planning and Design, I (Temporary Job Opening) Job Code Title: INTERN - PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT Department/ Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme Duty Station: NAIROBI Posting Period: 5 June 2017-19 June 2017 Job Opening number: 17-PGM-UNHABITAT-80058-J-NAIROBI (O) Staffing Exercise ID: N/A United Nations Core Values:... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 12:57
Location: Kenya - Nairobi Hours: 35 Salary: Competitive Region: HECA Job Family: Programme Division: International Job Type: Fixed Term Closing Date: 16 June 2017 Level C2 – Fixed term Location: Nairobi - Kenya Being forewarned is being prepared. Is it possible that food insecurity in Urban informal settlements can be averted/minimized through concerted efforts with Government... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 12:12
In this column called “The Indicator,” we will be taking an economic or financial statistic from East Africa and breaking it down into bite-sized nuggets of knowledge for investors. This month’s indicator figure is 39,816,054 39,816,054 what? 39,816,054 is the estimated total number of people living in cities in East African Community (EAC) countries.  This corresponds to a mere 24.6% of the... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 09:27
Minister Ha, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentleman Living in Hanoi, I cannot help notice the rapid growth that is occurring within and surrounding provinces of Hanoi. Urbanization is one of the most striking features of economic development. Throughout history, cities have served as engines of growth and Vietnam is no exception. I would like to note that today Sustainability is at the heart... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 5, 2017 - 16:17
When U. S. President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw his country from the Paris Agreement on climate change, he singled out one U. S. city to make his case. “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh,” he said. “Not Paris.” The mayor of Pittsburgh was not amused. “I’m appalled that the President used my city to justify his unacceptable decision, as most other... Read more