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Posted on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 10:08
Focus: Urbanisation “Improve people’s lives” Experts at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) want special economic zones (SEZs) to serve the purpose of smart urbanisation. ADB economist Jong Woo Kang explained matters an interview. Page 12 Special opportunities The current rate of urbanisation is unprecedented in human history and presents major challenges. However, there also are unprecedented... Read more
Posted on Monday, October 3, 2016 - 12:26
It is seemingly a strange notion that there should be different perspectives on urban ecology, especially when urban areas worldwide exhibit similar characteristics in the broader era that we now commonly call the anthropocene. The diversity of “Southern” perspectives draws on the cultural diversity of the “South”, which  is rooted in the ecological diversity of this geographical collective.... Read more
Posted on Monday, October 3, 2016 - 12:09
Over the last two centuries there has been a growing acceptance of social and political liberalism as the desirable basis for societal organisation. Economic theory has tried to accommodate itself to that position and has developed increasingly sophisticated models to justify the contention that individuals left to their own devices will self-organise into a socially desirable state. However, in... Read more
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 - 10:54
Nearly 60% of all refugees now live in cities, a trend that will continue as camps increasingly become an option of last resort. Already, this urban shift is catalysing monumental changes across the sector, including in how humanitarians think about, and embark upon, community-based protection. The ‘communities’ at the heart of community-based protection are not predetermined.... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 10:30
Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) publishes a new Global Political Economy Brief that presents new research findings by SPERI Associate Fellow Dr Tom Goodfellow on property taxation and economic development in Rwanda and Ethiopia.   The new Brief charts the rapid urbanisation that has taken place in recent decades in Rwanda and Ethiopia, two of the world’s poorest, but most... Read more
Posted on Monday, September 26, 2016 - 11:10
The Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition commissioned this Foresight report in 2015 to take a close look at the extent to which food systems are delivering healthy diets today and to assess whether they are fit for the future. While the focus has been on low- and middle-income countries, the findings constitute a stark warning for all countries. Despite past progress,... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 09:07
City Sustainability is increasingly accomplished in new and different ways. At Arcadis we believe the best way to truly understand the sustainability of a city is to amalgamate attributes from the perspectives of people, planet and profit to form a holistic view of each location and its position on the sustainability scale. Only then can we obtain a clear picture of how sustainable, or not, a... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 09:05
After the release of the Surabaya Draft of the New Urban Agenda at the third session of the Preparatory Committee for the Habitat III Conference in Surabaya, Indonesia in July 2016, the New Urban Agenda has finally been agreed on at the Habitat III Informal Intergovernmental Meeting which took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 7 to 10 September 2016, and it will be adopted... Read more
Posted on Monday, September 12, 2016 - 08:54
Africa’s rapid urbanization pose challenges for her sustainable development. This paper investigates the environmental impact of urbanization for 49 African countries from 1990 to 2010. Using the Stochastic Impacts by Regression on Population, Affluence and Technology (STIRPAT) framework, a recently developed semi-parametric panel fixed-effects regression technique, and two atmospheric air... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 08:50
Côte d’Ivoire seeks a development strategy to reach middle-income status—a challenge that would require annual growth rates averaging 10 percent over the next 13 years. Global experience of both developed and emerging economies shows that GDP per capita rises with increased urbanization. However, Côte d’Ivoire’s economy is underperforming relative to its level of urbanization. The country’s... Read more

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