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Environment and Urbanization

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  • Skyline view of a city with houses and short buildings in the front and skyscrapers in the background.

    Q&A: Citizen participation in planning − from the neighbourhood to the city

    What is the current state of knowledge on making planning more genuinely inclusive? A panel of urban experts answer questions from a recent webinar that discussed examples and theories of participatory planning from around the world.

    10 December 2021 | Article | Urban
  • Large yellow digger vehicle parked in front of slum dwellings.

    Citizen participation in planning: from the neighbourhood to the city

    This event on Wednesday, 24 November reflected on the needs and challenges of citizen participation in the planning and development of informal settlements

    9 November 2021 | Event | Urban
  • Hundreds of homes are crammed together up the side of a hill

    Q&A: Achieving housing rights for all: issues and recommendations

    How can we address the global housing crisis, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic? Housing experts answer questions from a recent webinar that discussed housing insufficiency around the world

    22 October 2020 | Article | Policy and planning
  • Houses view from above.

    COVID-19 and the housing crisis in the global South – time for change

    COVID-19 has highlighted the significance of housing for citizen wellbeing, particularly in the global South. IIED hosted an online event on Monday, 5 October to discuss what we have learned from previous interventions and COVID-19 to tackle the housing crisis

    17 September 2020 | Event | Urban
  • A woman sitting on a raised platform

    Urban food insecurity and malnutrition are about more than just food

    Food insecurity, malnutrition and obesity are increasingly becoming urban issues, affecting the health of millions of children and adults. The new issue of Environment & Urbanization looks at the wider context of urban food and nutrition security and the challenges for policymakers

    16 October 2019 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • A view of the migrant informal community of Marathahalli, Bengaluru

    ‘Participatory’ adaptation plans aren’t working for migrants in cities

    A paper in the latest issue of the journal Environment and Urbanization highlights how urban plans for adapting to climate change often leave out migrant populations living in informal settlements. Guest bloggers Eric Chu and Kavya Michael call for a rethink.

    9 May 2019 | Blog | Climate change
  • A daily savings book: local savings groups collect small payments from slum dwellers which can be leveraged to support slum upgrading projects (Photo: SDI, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Transforming aid for urban areas

    There is a new way to finance community-driven development, working with local funds set up and managed by grassroots organisations. This can work well at scale with local governments to meet basic needs and reduce urban poverty. David Satterthwaite explains why it’s time external agencies took note of this

    4 September 2018 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • In Mexico City, the Metrobus BRT system carries roughly 250,000 people daily. It cuts workers' travel times and also helps to reduce carbon emissions (Photo: City Clock Magazine, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    How Bus Rapid Transit can make housing affordable to low-income households

    A paper in the latest issue of the journal Environment and Urbanization explores how affordable public transport – via a Bus Rapid Transit system – can make housing affordable for low-income groups. David Satterthwaite describes how a roll-out of this public transit could work in Mumbai

    6 June 2018 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • Guns handed in at the start of a disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration programme run by the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (Photo: Sophia Paris/UN Photo, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Q&A: How to negotiate safe access to gang-ruled neighbourhoods in areas of urban crises

    In the latest issue of Environment & Urbanization, Moritz Schuberth examines the added difficulties humanitarian actors face when dealing with crises in urban neighbourhoods ruled by gangs. Schuberth studied the neighbourhoods of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake to find out how agencies can deliver the most effective response

    15 November 2017 | Article | Urban
  • This map of the covered and open drains in Jamshed Town, Karachi  illustrates how communities have led on installing sewers and drains (Image: Orangi Pilot Project–Research and Training Institute)

    Reducing risks in urban centres: think 'local, local, local'

    Urban centres can be among the world's most healthy places to live and work – but many are among the least. How healthy they are is powerfully influenced by local government competence, local information, and support for local action

    8 May 2017 | Blog | Urban
  • Raipur in Central India is developing into a major urban centre, but the infrastructure in the city's expanding informal settlements is poor (Photo: India Water Portal, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Addressing the needs of vulnerable groups in urban areas

    For the billion urban dwellers living in informal settlements, there are many risks – for instance, from contaminated water, to accidental fires, to flooding. Those who are more susceptible to these or less able to cope are termed vulnerable. But they are not vulnerable if the risks are removed. We need  to focus more on removing the risks and less on endless lists of 'vulnerable groups', argues David Satterthwaite

    26 April 2017 | Blog | Urban
  • Informal settlements in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta. The World Bank estimates that some 29 million Indonesians live in urban areas with poor access to basic services (Photo: Axel Drainville, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Urban risks: where are the top five biggest blind spots?

    Whose lives are most at risk in urban areas of the global South – for instance from preventable diseases and disasters? And what are the most serious risks they face?

    18 April 2017 | Blog | Urban
  • A poster advertises Donald Trump's appearance at a "Wealth Expo" (Photo: Steve Rhodes, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    The new Trump index: how much does one individual threaten the planet?

    An index from 2001 needs updating to reflect how policies championed by US President-elect Trump threaten global ecological sustainability

    1 December 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • Lagos in 2010. Under different scenarios, Lagos could have 61 million inhabitants in 2100, or over 100 million (Image: Ricardo Gomes, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Will Africa have the world's largest cities in 2100?

    A new report suggests that most of the world's largest cities in 2100 will be in Africa – including many with over 40 million inhabitants. This blog suggests growth in numbers will hinge more on the extent of economic development

    7 October 2016 | Blog | Urban
  • Downtown Dar es Salaam: the largest city in Tanzania is on track to have a population over 50 million (Photo: Babak Fakhamzadeh, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    The shifting power of cities

    Population predictions for the world's largest cities in the 21st century (part 2): New figures show the population of the world's largest cities set to soar. This rapid growth calls for better, more sustainable cities

    5 October 2016 | Blog | Urban
  • Lillies spread over a pond; cities must be governed and managed well to ensure population growth is sustainable (Photo: hqworld)

    Cities on the twenty-ninth day

    Population predictions for the world's largest cities in the 21st century (part 1): rapid urbanisation, if managed sustainably, could ease the pressure of exponential growth set for urban areas

    3 October 2016 | Blog | Urban
  • IIED will be participating in a range of event at Habitat III, the global UN summit on urban issues

    IIED at Habitat III: event listing

    IIED and its partners were at Habitat III, which took place from 17-20 October in Quito, Ecuador

    23 September 2016 | Event | Urban
  • An image of an outdoor community meeting in Zimbabwe. Ensuring the perspectives of local people and communities are heard in Habitat III's high-level consultations is a critical part of IIED's work (Photo: David Dodman/IIED)

    IIED and Habitat III

    The third global UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, Habitat III, took place in Ecuador in October 2016. This page sets out how IIED engaged with Habitat III

    23 May 2016 | Article | Urban
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina: luxury skyscrapers contrast with a shanty town of small brick dwellings with aluminium roofs. It is estimated that 10 per cent of the city's population lives in informal settlements (Photo: Mark Edwards/IIED)

    Facing an increasingly urban world

    An estimated 54.5 per cent of the world's population live in urban areas, compared with 37.9 per cent 40 years ago. In this context, can Habitat III deliver the 'new urban agenda' we need?

    13 May 2016 | Blog | Urban
  • The Bairro Proletário do Dique in Rio de Janeiro was settled in the 1960s. The local infrastructure remains poor (Photo: Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Is more inclusive urbanisation essential to the 2030 Agenda?

    Efforts to better accommodate rural migrants moving to cities could play an important part in resolving conflicts in the 2030 Agenda and ensuring no-one is left behind

    2 March 2016 | Blog | Urban
  • A riverbank settlement in Indonesia illustrates the vulnerability of residents to both flooding and pollution (Photo: Isabelle Lemaire/IIED)

    Comparing approaches to riverbank vulnerability in Indonesia

    What lessons can be learned from two markedly different cases of vulnerability among urban riverbank settlements in Indonesia?

    8 January 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • A toilet block in Mumbai, India, where people living in different informal settlements experience distinct forms of inadequate sanitation (Photo: Renu Desai)

    Sanitation in informal settlements: a networked problem

    Can understanding how people perceive sanitation help achieve sustainable access to sanitation in cities?

    26 August 2015 | Blog | Urban
  • A settlement in Chabahil, an ancient town near Kathmandu in Nepal. Many countries use different definitions or 'urban' (Photo: Gordon McGranahan/IIED)

    Urbanisation and emerging population issues

    Urbanisation is a defining trend of our time. IIED worked with partners around the world to promote the benefits of urbanisation while avoiding its destructive tendencies

    15 June 2015 | Project | Urban
  • The rice fields on outskirts of the city of Bandung, Java, Indonesia: urban areas often have damaging impacts on the areas around them (Photo: Ikhlasul Amal, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    New publication looks at environmental impacts of urban areas

    The UK Department for International Development (DFID) has published a new guide to the environmental impacts of urban areas authored by IIED's David Satterthwaite

    16 March 2015 | News | Climate change
  • A community sanitation facility in Jinja, Uganda (Photo: David Dodman/IIED)

    World Toilet Day: People need equality and dignity when they 'have to go'

    On World Toilet Day on 19 November, our photoblog details the work of IIED and its partners to tackle the fact that 2.5 billion people lack access to basic sanitation

    18 November 2014 | Blog | Urban
  • "Paz" (peace) graffiti in Medellín, Colombia. The text to the right translates as "Mural in tribute to our victims of conflict" (Photo: Cathy McIlwaine)

    New approach paves way to manage violence in cities in the global South

    Violence in African, Asian and Latin American cities can no longer be seen as a problem that can be challenged and overcome through development programmes, says new research in Environment and Urbanization

    15 October 2014 | News | Urban
  • Covers of Environment and Urbanization publications

    Environment & Urbanization local organisation profiles

    The journal Environment & Urbanization has published many profiles of local organisations; some are listed below with short summaries

    18 August 2014 | Project | Communication
  • The stylish modelling of the Singapore City skyline may not be appropriate for cities in Africa and could deepen social inequalities (Edwin.11: Creative Commons

    Warning over race to reshape African cities as "urban fantasies"

    Plans to reshape cities across Africa in the style of Dubai and Singapore threaten to deepen social inequalities and could prove costly to both investors and city authorities, according to a paper in the April 2014 edition of Environment and Urbanization.

    13 January 2014 | News | Policy and planning
  • Slum-dwellers show that revolutions are not built in a day

    Slum dwellers across Africa and Asia have used new tactics to achieve social justice and urban rights.

    22 August 2013 | Blog | Urban
  • Urban environment Argentina. Photo: Mark Edwards

    Urbanization: A double-edged sword for women

    Urbanization is often associated with greater independence and opportunity for women – but also with high risks of violence and constraints on employment, mobility and leadership that reflect deep gender-based inequalities.

    10 April 2013 | News | Gender
  • A woman sells cardboard on the streets of Karachi, Pakistan.

    Rethinking finance for development in city ‘slums’

    The Asian Coalition for Community Action is challenging the traditional model of aid by providing small grants to low-income communities to upgrade the ‘slums’ or informal settlements in which they live.

    12 October 2012 | Blog | Urban
  • Cebu, Phillipines

    6th World Urban Forum: will the agenda of slum and shack dwellers ever get considered?

    David Satterthwaite asks why representatives from the federations and networks of slum or shack dwellers were absent from almost all the official events and wonders when their priorities will get the attention they deserve.

    7 September 2012 | Blog | Urban
  • Women are gathered around a paper with squares on it talking.

    Why enumeration counts: documenting by the undocumented

    People living in informal settlements are often deliberately left out of official surveys and maps. Now they're documenting themselves.

    10 May 2012 | Blog | Urban
  • Women from near Rangoon, Myanmar are seated around a map with paper houses and trees talking and laughing.

    What happens when slum dwellers put themselves on the map

    The new issue of the journal Environment and Urbanization – published today – reveals how organisations of the ‘illegal’ urban poor have made themselves matter to city governments by mapping and documenting their informal settlements and the people and businesses in them.

    1 May 2012 | News | Poverty
  • Recent front covers of Environment & Urbanization

    Environment and Urbanization

    Keep up to date with key themes with this twice-yearly journal, and join the debate with thousands of subscribers across Africa, Asia and Latin America

    4 March 2010 | Project | Communication
  • New issue of 'Environment and Urbanization' - Vol 21, No 2. 'Secure land for housing and urban development'

    In urban areas, the struggle by low-income groups to get housing and basic services is often a struggle to get land on which to build or to get tenure of land they already occupy.

    15 October 2009 | News | Poverty
  • New issue of Environment and Urbanization: City governance and citizen action II

    The magazine includes an editorial and several papers discussing the roles of mayors and civil servants in addressing urban poverty.

    15 April 2009 | News | Urban
  • Addressing the needs of urban children and adolescents

    Not enough is known about practical and effective ways of addressing children's interests within urban development. Their concerns are rarely taken into account in most planning decisions, community development projects or housing and neighbourhood upgrading schemes

    5 January 2009 | Project | Poverty
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