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Posted on Friday, November 13, 2015 - 10:10
Urban local government is playing an increasingly prominent role in transforming South African society. The forthcoming 2016 State of Cities Report makes the case for cities being drivers of national and local economic development. But for cities to be able to fulfil their developmental local government mandate and enable inclusive and sustainable growth, as also envisaged in the national Draft... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 10:36
Urbanisation and the Infrastructure Challenge Over one third of Africa’s population lives in an urban settlement. In 2010, Cairo was Africa’s largest urban conurbation with a population of 11 million, with Lagos being the second largest city with a population of 10.5 million. By 2050, Cairo will be dwarfed by both Lagos (15.8 million) and Kinshasa (15 million). The Cities Alliance[1] has... Read more
Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 10:43
Cities move. People hurry from corner to corner; cars and trucks roll along the roads, while bicycles and scooters jostle for space. But sometimes that movement falters, and with it the dynamism that is the hallmark of great cities. Unhealthy smog levels and traffic jams, with their chorus of horns and shouts, are routine irritations of urban lives, and things could get much worse. The world’s... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 15:27
In the run-up to World Cities Day, with its theme of 'living together', an IIED, IDS and UNFPA workshop will examine why the migration that helps to create cities is so often resisted, and how a more inclusive urbanisation can be achieved. Gordon McGranahan raises six key questions.When countries are urbanising rapidly, powerful voices often lament that their cities are being overrun with rural... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 11:13
Urbanization is on the rise around the world. By 2050, some 70 percent of humanity will live in the cities and that is good news for the environment. Many of the environmental advantages are derived from living spaces being condensed. For example, electricity use per person in cities is lower than electricity use per person in the suburbs and rural areas. Condensed living space that creates... Read more
Posted on Monday, October 12, 2015 - 10:17
“The slums are not a place of despair. Its inhabitants are all working towards a better life”.– Vikas SwarupQuleen Kaur BijralCities in a word serve as ‘opportunities’ for the people stuck in areas lagging behind in social mobilisation, educational avenues and job opportunities. The promise of education, employment and health services drives scores of rural people to find a niche in the... Read more
Posted on Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 09:54
Too much water, too little water, or contaminated water. Cities around the world are facing major water-related challenges. These challenges are further aggravated by global trends such as urbanization and climate change. The time has come for water to become an asset rather than a problem in 'smart liveable cities' of the future.All over the world, people are migrating to ever larger cities.... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 11:08
"The heat is on to ensure sustinable development in Asia's swelling cities" Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable is now a global goal following the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda in New York in September. Achieving this target – sustainable development goal 11 – is vital because, for the first time in our history, more people live in cities... Read more
Posted on Monday, October 5, 2015 - 10:00
Public Spaces for All’ is the theme for the UN Habitat Day 2015 which will be celebrated on October 5th. 2015. Provision for public spaces for all is a sine quo non for providing a conducive Human Settlements Environment worldwide. With the world population now exceeding 7.2 billion people as at December 31st.2014 the increasing pressure on public spaces need not be gain said. Traditional public... Read more
Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 10:21
Urbanization provides South Asian countries with the potential to transform their economies to join the ranks of richer nations in both prosperity and livability, but a new World Bank report finds the region, while making strides, has struggled to make the most of the opportunity. One big reason is that its urbanization has been messy and hidden, according to the report titled, “Leveraging... Read more

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