Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 - 09:46
The denial of equality, dignity and autonomy to persons with disabilities lies at the core of disability rights. “Disability need not be an obstacle to success … It is my hope that … this century will mark a turning point for inclusion of people with disabilities in the lives of their societies.” — Professor Stephen Hawking, “Foreword,” World Report on Disability. The inauguration of the United... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 - 09:32
Asia's urban future is one of opportunity. Urbanisation, well-managed, is a chance to put our development paradigm on the right track – on a track that will result in inclusive and sustainable development for Asia and the Pacific. However, keeping to this vision, we are cognisant of the threats that urbanisation in the region brings. Changing our development paradigm will not be easy. We must... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 - 09:23
The National Mission for a Green India with a planned investment of $10.3 billion over the next 10 years can have a major developmental impact in more ways than one. Such a massive exercise can raise fresh natural capital that is so vital for the tens of millions of people who depend on degraded forests. It can meet the twin objectives of assigning forest land to tribal and other forest-dwelling... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 - 10:23
"You will often hear professionals say: 'I have reached my goals, my project has affected many young people (or another target group)'. But do neighbourhoods benefit from this kind of attitude? The fact that you are doing well on a project does not mean that you are doing the right things.” Being interviewed are Erik van Marissing (Verwey-Jonker Institute) and Inge van der Beijl (TNO Research... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 - 10:13
As South Sudan prepares to attain nationhood on Saturday, 9th July 2011, a senior official has advised the current leadership to focus on strengthening stronger ties and relations with countries that have recognized the new country’s independence. Chuol Wan Luot, the former coordinator for Disapora and International Stakeholders in the government-initiated technical secretariat said as an... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 - 09:59
Southern Sudanese in the country-in-waiting's capital (Juba) are sprucing up streets, confiscating black market guns and trying to impose order on frenetic traffic to make sure independence day goes smoothly on Saturday, 9th July, 2011. Men and women with straw brushes are sweeping leaves and dust from the southern capital's streets and men in paint-stained jumpsuits are whitewashing walls.... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 23:48
This paper describes the anti-urban bias in academics, public policies and international assistance, in Madagascar
[ Document ] Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 16:18
The LaConcorde orphanage is run by Mama Bastien (a woman now in her late 60s early 70s), her son Frantz (Director) and his two sisters. They have operated in the Carrefour location for at least 11 years. The family is originally from Jacmel. The orphanage is registered with the government, but is not a Haitian NGO or non-profit. Current Situation: i) 45 to 60 kids cared for by 4 employees, 2... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 16:07
École La Dignité, headed by Mme Vieux, is the only free private school in Jacmel and supports 8 localities from as far as 3 km, including Corrail Soult, Nan Model and La Pierre. The school currently has 227 students from grades 1-6 and intends to expand its program to include grades 7 and 8, requiring the construction of two new classrooms. The facility is also currently being used as a community... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 15:44
If you can't fix the players then by all means fix the game. This appears to be the strategy that many European cities, including Zurich, have employed to reduce the use of single-occupancy vehicles. While the European approach diverges from the conventional practice here in the U.S., it still operates on a shared principle of increasing pedestrianization. "In the United States, there has been... Read more