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Posted on Monday, September 25, 2017 - 12:26
The unprecedented population growth in Africa and its projections followed by a high rate of urbanization are resulting in a growing number of huge urban agglomerations – cities and megacities. That phenomenon creates opportunities for the continent, but it also raises concerns about low levels of development and diminished quality of life among the majority of urban residents. African cities... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 11:54
Funding the Cooperative City explores how citizen initiatives, cooperatives, non-profit companies, community land trusts, crowdfunding platforms, ethical banks and anti-speculation foundations step out of the regular dynamisms of real estate development and arrange new mechanisms to access, purchase, renovate or construct buildings for communities. Through interviews and analyses, this book... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 11:13
The UN Sustainable Development Goals aim to address the world’s most pressing challenges—from poverty to climate change—by aligning priorities and developing shared metrics to measure progress. While the SDG framework is designed for nations, all levels of government will need data to track performance and target resources effectively. We show that the majority of SDG targets are relevant to US... Read more
Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 - 15:11
Cities throughout the world are witnessing rapid growth, thus increasing the demand for high-quality services and necessitating that governments and municipalities develop improved solutions that fulfill the requirements for sustainable urban development and assure the social, economic, and environmental interactions distinctive of cities in the modern era. The observable acceleration in... Read more
Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 - 15:05
This publication on Urban-Rural Linkages reaffirms that the discourse on urbanization must depart from the traditional and outdated dichotomy of urban and rural; in order for urban and rural areas to be sustainable they must develop in tandem, inequalities must be reduced and the development gap bridged. Urban and rural spaces are inextricably linked economically, socially and environmentally... Read more
Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 - 14:48
Results – based management (RBM) is a broad management approach whose core focus is achieving results. The Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) defines RBM as a “management strategy by which processes, outputs and services contribute to the achievement of clearly stated expected accomplishments and objectives. Source: UN-Habitat This article is culled from daily press coverage from... Read more
Posted on Friday, September 8, 2017 - 12:45
Kumar is the sole provider for his family. He runs an ironing service in Bengaluru that brings in between $6 and $7.50 a day, enough to barely get by. When the power cuts out two to three times a day in the summer for as long as four hours, Kumar has to leave the irons dormant and he brings home much less. Cities that are already struggling to provide clean, affordable and reliable energy to... Read more
Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 14:42
Water is vital, yet climate change and rising populations are putting pressure on supplies. Learn how cities and companies are collaborating on water governance with this infographic. Source: CPD This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this... Read more
Posted on Monday, August 28, 2017 - 17:13
In October 2016, country and city representatives agreed on the New Urban Agenda (NUA) in Quito, which forms an ambitious baseline for sustainable urban development until 2030. GIZ-SUTP is contributing to the NUA by publishing a new Factsheet Series. The series addresses mayors and practitioners, outlines strategies that are crucial for realizing the objectives of the NUA and provides very... Read more
Posted on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 13:44
After two destructive civil conflicts between 1989 and 2003, Liberia’s proactive efforts to revive its economy and development are reflected by the improvements and reconstruction taking place in its cities. However, the disproportionate rate of urbanisation and urban primacy has generated significant challenges which could impede national development. If Liberia is to achieve inclusive economic... Read more

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