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[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 - 19:04
Urban concentration is typically deemed to lead to greater national economic growth. This column challenges this view, using an original dataset covering 68 countries over the past three decades. Urban concentration levels have decreased or remained stable on average, though these averages hide widely diverging trends across countries. Although concentration has been beneficial for high-income... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 13:18
More public sector jobs should go to secondary cities, and tax breaks could encourage the private sector to play its part KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Governments ought to make smaller cities more attractive to their citizens seeking better opportunities, the United Nations said on Friday, as that would reduce demands on overcrowded megacities. More public sector jobs... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 13:05
As the dust settles from the first World Urban Forum since the adoption of the New Urban Agenda, a trillion-dollar question looms large: How will the world pay for the UN’s ambitious vision of sustainable cities? While no economist has ever put a price tag on the 20-year quest to implement the New Urban Agenda, a 2015 report called “The State of City Climate Finance” estimated a $4.5-5.4 trillion... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:53
The past couple of years have been a roller-coaster for Maurice Cushinberry - first of homelessness, substance abuse and legal trouble, and then of sudden stability. Although he had tried to find a home during that time, he was discouraged by the paperwork and process. But shortly after Easter last year, a social worker contacted him and said he had been selected to participate in a new... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:20
As today’s urban areas house more than half the world’s population and produce more than 80 percentof global economic activity, cities are uniquely positioned to deliver sustainable solutions. However, poor local air quality and issues related to global climate change are negatively impacting the lives of millions. Promising solutions exist – cities are increasingly turning to low- and zero-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 11:28
The stacks of business cards have grown high and the days have blurred together. The Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum has been closed today. The biennial event has cemented its status as the premier place on the planet for anyone interested in the nuts and bolts of cities to immerse themselves in nearly every aspect of urban issues, from technical data collection methods to complex legal... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 11:11
I was in Boston last week. Apart from the bone-numbing cold, what struck me most was its public transport system, which is much better than in most US cities. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s omnipresent “T” signs guided me towards a multitude of subway lines, buses and commuter trains that made a car far less essential than in many other parts of the United States. In fact,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 10:24
We, the participants of the Ninth session of the World Urban Forum — representing  national, subnational and local governments, parliamentarians, civil society, older persons, women, youth, children, persons with disabilities, grassroots groups, indigenous peoples and local communities, private sector, foundations and philanthropies, international and regional organizations, academia,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 10:05
On Thursday, January 11, the Africa Growth Initiative at Brookings released its annual Foresight Africa report, highlighting six key priorities for the continent in the year 2018. In the second chapter of the report, Sustainable financing for economic development: Mobilizing Africa’s resources, scholars discuss the urgency of boosting domestic resource mobilization in Africa, especially as the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 09:58
The speed and scale of urbanisation brings challenges, including growing demand for affordable housing, efficient transport systems and basic service KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Only about half of 150 countries surveyed have adopted laws governing urban development despite growing pressure for governments to embed cities into national strategies, experts said. A report by... Read more