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Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 12:35
Why are carefully designed, sensible policies too often not adopted or implemented? When they are, why do they often fail to generate development outcomes such as security, growth, and equity? And why do some bad policies endure? This World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law addresses these fundamental questions, which are at the heart of development. Policy making and policy... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 11:51
Cities Alliance has published its Annual Report for 2016, which highlights a truly exceptional year for the organisation with achievements in many areas – programmes, partnerships, global advocacy, and governance. Country Programmes On a programmatic level, 2016 marked the completion of five groundbreaking Country Programmes in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mozambique, Uganda, and Vietnam financed by the... Read more
Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 - 12:12
During the past two decades, the issue of urban refugees has occupied an increasingly important place on the global refugee policy agenda. This article traces the evolution of UNHCR’s approach to the issue, focusing particularly on the complex and contested nature of the organization’s policymaking process. In that respect, the article examines the key drivers of— and constraints to—policy... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 11:09
There are two challenges that future generations will remember the 21st century for - urbanisation and climate change. For centuries, cities have been at the centre of civilisation and human progress. Because cities are where the future is, urban environments need to evolve to match human aspirations. Today, half the world’s population lives in cities and this proportion will rise to 75 per cent... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 16:15
The 2017 edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report, entitled “Wastewater: The Untapped Resource”, demonstrates how improved wastewater management generates social, environmental and economic benefits essential for sustainable development. In particular, the Report seeks to inform decision-makers, government, civil society and private sector, about the importance of managing... Read more
Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017 - 16:55
How can smart investments be made in an increasingly uncertain world? The cost of building critical infrastructure and new buildings over the course of a long build phase is notoriously difficult to predict, making the challenge of providing as much cost and commercial certainty as possible a vital one.  Fluctuating currencies and commodity prices, and unexpected political developments have... Read more
Posted on Friday, March 24, 2017 - 11:13
A European housing body has warned that homelessness and exclusion from housing has reached crisis point in the majority of countries in the EU. European Union. Feantsa, the European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless, has released its second report on housing exclusion in Europe, in conjunction with French housing charity Fondation Abbé Pierre. The report highlights “... Read more
Posted on Friday, March 24, 2017 - 10:53
The world is rapidly urbanizing.  How does this affect hunger and malnutrition?  IFPRI’s 2017 Global Food Policy Report takes an in-depth look at the challenges and opportunities of urbanization for food security and nutrition. Critical questions addressed in this Report include: What do we know about the impacts of urbanization on hunger and nutrition? What are our greatest research and data... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 15:40
Central America is undergoing an important transition. Urban populations are increasing at accelerated speeds, bringing pressing challenges for development, as well as opportunities to boost sustained, inclusive and resilient growth. Today, 59 percent of the region’s population lives in urban areas, but it is expected that 7 out of 10 people will live in cities within the next generation. At... Read more
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

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