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Urban development

We have 11 items tagged with ‘Urban development’.
  • In 1992 the United Nations called Mexico City "the most polluted city on the planet". City authorities took radical steps to cut pollution, but Mexico City still has smog and is increasingly vulnerable to climate change (Photo: Fidel Gonzalez, Creative Commons via Wikimedia)

    Should cities invest in climate mitigation?

    There are compelling economic opportunities for cities to reduce their carbon footprints – but will these measures be enough to stay below 2 degrees of warming?

    21 September 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • The Retiro district of Buenos Aires features affluent shopping and business areas close to a large shanty town where many homes don't have running water (Photo: Mark Edwards/IIED)

    Urbanisation and the environment

    Growing urban affluence tends to have profound environmental consequences, but the net impact depends heavily on how the transition is managed. IIED is working to identify the best means of making urbanisation more environmentally beneficial and less destructive

    16 July 2015 | Project | Poverty
  • Brazilian favelas, such as this one in Rio De Janeiro, reflect a more passive resistance to urbanisation, involving a heavy legacy of social inequality and conflict (Photo: dany13, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Learning about urbanisation from the BRICS

    It is critically important to draw the right lessons from the BRICS, and both the successes and failures of their urbanisation strategies have much to teach the rest of the urbanising world

    18 June 2015 | Project | 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 has been working with partners around the world to promote the benefits of urbanisation while avoiding its destructive tendencies

    15 June 2015 | Project | Urban
  • Investments in community infrastructure – like this canalside walkway in Bangkok – can help to build resilience for low-income urban residents. Funding for this type of local improvement should be a priority for climate change financing (Photo: Ruth Mcleod)

    Financing urban resilience

    Cities need to adapt to climate change: but how it be financed? IIED is working to build the case for more direct control of funding for resilience by urban residents and local governments

    30 March 2015 | Project | 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
  • This IIED data visual shows the scale and speed of global urban transformation (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

    Visualising urbanisation

    We are living in what many call 'the urban century' and the many layers of complexity around the world's growth in urban areas have led IIED to develop new ways of looking at urbanisation

    4 September 2014 | Project | Poverty
  • Community reblocking to improve settlement design and the quality of the neighbourhood in Namibia (Photo: Diana Mitlin/IIED)

    Namibia shows how to support low cost housing

    Around a quarter of Namibians live in informal urban neighbourhoods; they live without secure tenure and without adequate access to services. So how has the country gained its reputation for progressive state action on housing?

    13 June 2014 | Blog | Poverty
  • People stand on a sea-wall with a road and look out at the ocean.

    8 points on financing climate change adaptation in urban areas

    As the urgency for governments and international agencies to address climate change increases, an expert meeting identified eight key points on finance priorities.

    20 June 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • 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
  • Video: Water was a Dream

    Water was a Dream is a film describing IIED-America Latina's involvement in the improvement of water supply and sanitation services in three low-income urban settlements of Buenos Aires. It illustrates the challenges and strategies, and examines the key issues related to working in collaboration, using information as a driver for change, finance mechanisms, and scaling up.

    18 November 2008 | Article | Urban
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