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  • Row of motorbikes parked on the road.

    The rise of the motorbike

    Guest blogger Arif Hasan charts the rise of the motorbike to meet the mobility needs of Karachi’s population

    25 March 2022 | Blog | Urban
  • A motorbike rides through a flooded road. A woman tries to cross the road from the left hand side pavement.

    IPCC report signposts pathways to climate-resilient future for cities

    Amid its devastating assessment of the impacts of climate change, the latest report highlights the potential of cities to play a major role

    9 March 2022 | Blog | Climate change
  • Building split in half

    From protector to evictor of slum residents – reversal of roles for the judiciary

    Guest blogger Arif Hasan reflects on the seismic shift in attitude in the criminal justice system he has observed over his 50 years as teacher, researcher, writer, activist, architect and advisor to government and civil society in Karachi. He illustrates this by examining recent court judgements – and their possible causes

    24 February 2022 | Blog | Urban
  • View of Monterrey, Mexico

    New coalition to transform cities – and lives

    The new Transformative Urban Coalitions project brings IIED and partners together to change structures and values, build new urban coalitions and implement strategies leading to socially inclusive zero-carbon cities

    10 May 2021 | News | Policy and planning
  • Busy commuter traffic

    What drives the world’s changing urban geographies?

    David Satterthwaite discusses how evolving economies and new technologies have changed the shape of urban centres

    23 April 2020 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • A woman behind a counter arranges her vegetable produce

    Cartel or chemist?

    Could tapping into the informal services in Nairobi’s Mukuru slum be the answer to better health, schools and water provision?

    27 February 2020 | Blog | Urban
  • A busy side street in the settlement of Dharavi

    Invisiblising cities: the obsession with national statistics and international comparisons

    David Satterthwaite discusses the vast gaps in city data, and explains why planning, governing and servicing cities calls for data that is broken down into city and sub-city level

    25 February 2020 | Blog | Monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • New Taipei City in Taiwan

    Which cities went up or down the ranking of the world’s largest cities?

    IIED senior fellow David Satterthwaite is curating a series of blogs and interviews on global urban change. In this blog he looks at rapidly growing cities that moved into the list of the top 100 cities, and those that fell off the bottom of the list

    12 February 2020 | Blog | Urban
  • A road full of congested traffic.

    IIED and partner events at the World Urban Forum (WUF10)

    This page summarises the activities of IIED, its researchers and partners during the 10th session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10) in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 8-13 February 2020

    4 February 2020 | Event | Urban
  • A cityscape

    IIED podcast explores opportunities for urban change

    Ahead of the 2020 World Urban Forum, the third episode of IIED's ‘Make Change Happen’ podcast looks at how our local-to-global urban work developed and its current priorities

    4 February 2020 | News | Urban
  • Three people sat around a table speaking into microphones

    Seizing opportunities for urban change: Make Change Happen podcast episode 3

    A quarter of the world’s urban population live in informal settlements, mostly in the global South. Launched before the 2020 World Urban Forum, this episode looks at how IIED’s work with marginalised urban communities developed, and what opportunities exist now for building more inclusive cities

    4 February 2020 | Article | Urban
  • Crowds of pedestrians in Tokyo

    Continuity and change in the world’s 20 largest cities

    David Satterthwaite looks at changes in the rankings for the world's largest cities, revealing which cities have surged up the top 20, and which have fallen

    31 January 2020 | Blog | Urban
  • Tokyo skyline

    The world's 100 largest cities from 1800 to 2020, and beyond

    In the first of a new blog series, IIED senior fellow David Satterthwaite looks at the world’s 100 largest cities, and how their changing distribution reflects social, political and economic shifts across the globe

    16 January 2020 | Blog | Urban
  • A landscape of old houses

    Q&A: blog series explores the transition to a predominantly urban world

    IIED has launched a series of blogs that will examine different aspects of global urban change, including analysis of the social, political and environmental factors that cause cities to thrive or decline. David Satterthwaite highlights what to expect

    16 January 2020 | Article | Urban
  • Beijing CBD skyline with Pagoda

    The transition to a predominantly urban world

    This series of blogs and interviews started in early 2020. It is curated by IIED senior fellow David Satterthwaite and examines the factors underlying urban trends and changes

    15 January 2020 | Feature | Urban
  • Nairobi in Kenya is one of many fast-growing cities across Africa (Photo: Stuart Price/Make it Kenya, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    African cities can raise more money. Kenya and South Africa offer useful lessons

    Africa's cities are expanding at an unprecedented rate. Sarah Colenbrander and Ian Palmer highlight research that shows how Africa's national governments can support cities and unlock vital investment. 

    31 October 2018 | Blog | Economics
  • Madizini in Tanzania grew from a village into an urban centre, initially because the local sugarcane plantations and factory needed workers. Now the town supports a wide array of businesses (Photo: Jytte Agergaard)

    Reframing food security for an urbanising world

    Achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of zero hunger by 2030 means taking account of changes in both rural and urban contexts. Cecilia Tacoli reports back from a workshop organised with IFAD on some of the issues raised

    10 April 2017 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • What lies in store for the Earth in 2017? (Photo: Charles Strebor, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Fighting for the future – sustainable development and the battle for ideas in 2017

    Following the landmark global agreements on sustainable development sealed in 2015, including the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change, the end of 2016 prompted the question: can the world sustain this hard-fought momentum?

    4 January 2017 | Blog | Climate change
  • A slum is upgraded in Zambia. Local urban poor organisations are working with local governments to solve problems, but need financial support (Photo: Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI), via Google licence)

    Show me the money!

    Ahead of a side event at Habitat III, Anna Walnycki highlights how funding is needed for grassroots upgrading of informal settlements in the face of evictions

    18 October 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • Just 0.03 per cent of the money spent annually on fossil fuel subsidies could provide 200 million people in cities with access to the grid (Photo: Pexels, via Google licence)

    Action from UN's Habitat III key to lift urban millions out of poverty

    Nearly 200 million people are living in cities around the world with no access to electricity – most are in sub-Saharan Africa. The lack of something so basic and necessary is keeping them in poverty and hindering cities’ potential to be the economic powerhouses they can be

    17 October 2016 | News | Energy
  • 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
  • A street in Freetown, Sierra Leone: involving growing low-income urban populations in urbanising countries will help result in more inclusive urbanisation (Photo: bobthemagicdragon, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    In the world's poorest countries, cities could be the Sustainable Development Goals test

    Ahead of next week's dialogue event on the challenges and opportunities posed to Least Developed Countries by the Sustainable Development Goals, Gordon McGranahan examines how cities and urbanisation can contribute to attaining development goals.

    7 June 2016 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • An image of a man with a wheelbarrow in the Kibera informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya, the biggest in Africa and one of the biggest in the world. The rights of all must be incorporated into the 'new urban agenda' (Photo: Steffan Jensen/, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Recognising urban rights: global debates and local struggles

    Global debates can help frame how human rights in the city are recognised but are often far removed from processes that affirm rights at local level

    26 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
  • Brazil's favelas are a legacy of a more passive resistance reflecting an unwillingness to plan for anticipated population growth (Photo: Chris Jones, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Exploring inclusive urbanisation and other migration crises

    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

    28 October 2015 | Blog | Urban
  • A view of Karachi from the film Karachi Rising (Image: Arif Hasan)

    Focus on urbanisation issues in Karachi

    IIED collaborated with partners to look at urbanisation in Karachi

    17 July 2015 | Project | Urban
  • 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 worked to identify the best means of making urbanisation more environmentally beneficial and less destructive

    16 July 2015 | Project | Poverty
  • Muganda at his stall at Karango town with Medius Bihunirwa, a researcher with the Kabarole Research and Resource Centre (Photo: Kabarole Research and Resource Centre)

    Rush to urbanise leaves food vendors out in the rain

    The drive to organise and improve towns and cities in Uganda is leaving food vendors out in the rain, warns Chris Busiinge from the Kabarole Research and Resource Centre

    7 July 2015 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • 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. IIED worked to draw out some of these lessons

    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 worked with partners around the world to promote the benefits of urbanisation while avoiding its destructive tendencies

    15 June 2015 | Project | Urban
  • Jakarta: migrants from rural villages sleeping in an area that they rent for Rp 1.000,- (10 cents Euro) per night per person. There can be more than 50 people living and sleeping in this area at one time (Photo: Henry Ismail, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Stopping rural people going to cities only makes poverty less visible, and stripping migrants of rights makes it worse

    There is growing concern that rural migrants transfer poverty to urban areas, but excluding them is not the solution. Ensuring full citizenship rights to all groups and proactive planning for urban growth are more effective ways to reduce disadvantage and poverty

    18 March 2015 | Blog | Poverty
  • The capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka, is one of the world's largest cities. It is surrounded by rivers and lies only a few metres above sea level. The urban poor living in flood-prone areas are most threatened by climate change (Photo: David Dodman/IIED)

    The IPCC and an urbanising planet

    The IPCC's Fifth Assessment gets the importance of understanding and acting on urbanisation

    6 November 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • Our new interactive visualisation plots countries’ incomes per capita against their levels of urbanisation

    Let's see what the BRICS teach us about urbanisation and economic growth

    Our new interactive visualisation demonstrates the dynamics of urbanisation and economic growth in different countries. The visualisation shows that countries have very different dynamics from each other, which has implications for their economic, social and even environmental prospects.

    16 September 2014 | Blog | Economics
  • This interactive data visual examines the relationship between economic growth and urbanisation

    Reading national signatures in urbanisation-income space

    This interactive data visual examines the relationship between economic growth and urbanisation, with an introductory video focusing on the BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa

    8 September 2014 | Article | 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
  • Myanmar is undergoing rapid economic change and urbanisation. Many new settlements like this one in Lashio lack basic services (Photo: Alex Drainville)

    Introduction to urbanisation and rural-urban linkages

    Understanding urbanisation and the links between rural and urban areas is fundamental to making the most of the global transformations happening around the world, and to challenging the many myths that exist

    2 September 2014 | Article | Poverty
  • Ejura Market in Ghana is an important centre for farmers selling their yam crops (Photo: IITA)

    Rural urban linkages

    Rather than looking separately at urban and rural areas and what matters to each of them, it is vital to look at the linkages between them: it is from here that lasting change will come

    29 August 2014 | Project | Poverty
  • An interactive data visual that illustrates the scale and speed of urban transformation that research by IIED has sought to document and describe

    Cities: an interactive data visual

    This interactive data visual – now updated to cover all cities with 500,000-plus inhabitants – illustrates the scale and speed of urban transformation that research by IIED has sought to document and describe

    23 June 2014 | Article | Urban
  • Street scene of small shops and a rickshaw in a city in South India.

    BRICS urbanisation provides lessons for economic growth and social equity

    Towns and cities across Africa, Asia and Latin America have a wealth of lessons to learn from the BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – according to research published today.

    5 December 2012 | News | Urban
  • Urban poverty’s hidden dimensions threaten development, new research reveals

    The study, which was conducted by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) with support from UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, shows that although urbanization pr

    7 March 2012 | News | Gender
  • Old woman in profile in front of thatched hut and mud house. Niger.

    Making gender and generation matter

    The gender and generation team aimed to bring together the work of IIED and its partners to analyse and integrate gender and generation issues in all its activities, and to engage and contribute to the emerging debates

    26 April 2011 | Project | Gender
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