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Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 17:44
Since 2002, over 5.6 million Afghans have returned from neighbouring countries and as many as 40% of them have not been able to reintegrate in their original locations. The total number of recorded IDPs in Afghanistan is more than 1.2 million. These returnees together with IDPs, rural-urban migrants and high natural population growth have resulted in an unprecedented expansion of Afghan cities.... Read more
Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 12:18
How mayors and city managers are using innovative approaches to fight entrenched poverty, finance infrastructure work, or protect the environment. A new report by NYU Wagner and the Center for an Urban Future with support from the Citi Foundation highlights how mayors and city managers are using innovative approaches to ameliorate poverty, finance infrastructure work, or protect the environment... Read more
Posted on Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 09:40
This guide is part of the BICYCLE IN THE PLANS Campaign, organized in Brazil by the associations Bike Anjo, Transporte Ativo and UCB - União de Ciclistas do Brasil , supported by ICS - Instituto Clima e Sociedade, whose purpose is to offer guidelines for civil society, citizens, municipality officials and decision-making agents and politicians on INCLUDING BICYCLES as mode of transportation in... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 21:51
The Public Procurement Act 2007 was established in Nigeria as a global best practice to sanitise public procurement process in Nigeria. The Act stipulates that all public procurement in Nigeria, as from the date of its promulgation, must follow due process, that is, must be certified okay by public procurement office established specifically to analyse public procurement and issue a certificate... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 15:43
Step Change: An Action Agenda on Safe Walking for Africa’s Children is a joint report by the FIA Foundation and the injury prevention NGO Amend for the Global Initiative for Child Health & Mobility. The report highlights the disproportionate exposure to risk of child pedestrians in sub-Saharan Africa and calls for a concerted effort to provide footpaths and reduce vehicle traffic speeds.... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 15:38
Urbanization is one of the most important global trends of the 21st century. It has the potential to contribute to the “re-design” of our world supporting the creation of sustainable and inclusive cities for all. About 6.25 billion people, 15% of them with disabilities, are predicted to be living in urban centers by 2050. Urban environments, infrastructures, facilities, and services, depending... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 12:34
The 2016 Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM Report) is both masterful and disquieting. This is a big report: comprehensive, in-depth and perspicacious. It is also an unnerving report. It establishes that education is at the heart of sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), yet it also makes clear just how far away we are from achieving the SDGs. This report... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 14:48
1. The urban sphere is part of the fabric of humanitarian crises War rages in Syria. The earth heaves in Ecuador. Ebola spreads in West Africa. As we try to make sense of these events and struggle with how to address them, how many of us consider urban planning and policies as part of the solution? The humanitarian impacts of disasters, both natural and man-made, are increasingly concentrated in... Read more
Posted on Monday, October 17, 2016 - 10:53
WASHINGTON, October 12, 2016 – Natural disasters – such as Hurricane Matthew – and climate change are having devastating effects on cities and the 4 billion people who live in them today.  By 2030, without significant investment into making cities more resilient, natural disasters may cost cities worldwide $314 billion each year, up from around $250 billion today, and climate change may push up... Read more
Posted on Monday, October 17, 2016 - 10:30
Arup analyses the impact of key urban drivers on different energy scenarios and recommends key innovations. Our paper for the World Energy council assess the concept of urban energy and how innovation paired with smart technology can be one factor of many to improve the energy in cities. More than half of the global population now lives in a city - cities account to over half of global energy... Read more