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Public transportation, inequality, and the urban poor

July 2015 — Public transportation systems hold a city together. A system's efficiency, affordability, and reliability define whether citizens can travel easily for work, education, daily errands, and leisure. Public transportation has the potential to open up new opportunities for the urban poor, but at the same time runs the risk of maintaining or even exacerbating geospatial inequalities. With burgeoning urban populations, the question of transportation becomes ever more critical with regard to cities' carbon footprints.

This month's discussion examines the relationship of public transportation to inequality, with a particular focus on the mobility of cities' low-income residents. Follow the conversation as it unfolds over the course of July and share your thoughts in the comments below.

مترو أنفاق القاهرة: وسيلة مواصلات منخفضة التكلفة وآمنة لسكان القاهرة الفقراء

Cairo, 3 July 2015 — مترو أنفاق القاهرة بخطوطه الثلاث يعتبر ثورة حقيقية في إمكانات الانتقال والمواصلات في مدينة شديدة الازدحام كالقاهرة. فهو يُمّكن الناس من التحرك بحرية والقدرة على العمل كي يتمكنوا من تحسين مستوى حياتهم. اقرأ المزيد عن ذلك

Could congestion charges transform Bangalore?

Bangalore, 2 July 2015 — Indian's booming IT hub of Bangalore has attracted young professionals from all over India. The population growth has brought with it new wealth and a host of issues, especially traffic. The city has been overtaken by the car, and the situation is only expected to get worse — unless serious measures are taken to curb the trend. Congestion charging has been on the table for years — could this be what Bangalore needs to recapture its former glory as India's Green City? See more.

Integrando los sistemas de transporte en Bogotá

Bogotá, 1 julio 2015 — Aunque el Transmilenio (el sistema BRT de Bogotá) comenzó a funcionar en el año 2000, su integración con el resto de sistemas de transporte de la ciudad no comenzó hasta el año 2012. La ausencia de un plan inicial ha resultado en un proceso de integración sumamente complejo, costoso y problemático. Leer más.


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Cities as engines of change

June 2015 — The next few decades will see unprecedented population growth in cities, creating new political, economic, social, and environmental conditions that will, in turn, drive new approaches to sustainable development. Across the Global South, informal communities and sectors face the greatest uncertainties as to the future, as they are excluded from basic services, securities, and rights. Yet these gaps and uncertainties also provide informal communities the greatest urgency for change, along with the freedom from more established systems to experiment and shape developments in the cities around them.

On 9–11 June 2015, the New Cities Foundation will gather 800 of the world’s leading decision-makers, mayors, CEOs, entrepreneurs, thinkers, artists, and innovators in Jakarta for the New Cities Summit to discuss "Cities as Engines of Change." For the month of June, we will explore the idea of cities as a locus of experimentation in this period of rapid growth and development, with a focus on the role of the urban poor. Follow the conversation as it travels from city to city, and please contribute to the conversation in the comments below.

(Re)sourcing waste: waste management projects in Dhaka

Dhaka, 26 June 2015 — Social businesses and student innovations are leading the way in developing better waste management systems in Dhaka. Waste Concern has started a pilot project for community composting in slums and residential areas. This experiment is demonstrating results that may provide a sustainable, inclusive solution for the rest of the city. See more.

En la economía deprimida de Caracas, ¿cómo evoluciona la innovación?

Caracas, 25 junio 2015 — En Caracas, la innovación, no deriva de complejos algoritmos para el smartphone, sino dentro de los confines de pequeños espacios creados para el artista donde murales de pinturas son dedicadas a las emociones complejas de aquellos que comparten las vivezas duras que nos ofrece esta ciudad frenética de Caracas. Leer más.

The future of waste: from trash to cash

Lilongwe, 24 June 2015 — Lilongwe will soon become a city of trash due to the low capacity of the local authority to manage waste. Poor women in low-income areas are ending the trash story, turning Lilongwe into a city of cash. See more.

Bangalore NGO gives local youths tools to improve slums

Bangalore, 23 June 2015 — Children are rarely asked to participate in local politics or in drafting a better neighborhood in which they study and play. A Bangalore-based NGO, however, believes that the only way to achieve child-friendly cities is to bring children into the decision-making process. Their programs train local youths from slum areas to capture their surroundings through digital media and give them a voice at ward meetings — a step that opens up city-making not only in India but around the world. See more.

Who is planning for? Planning with urbanisation and informality in Johannesburg's Spatial Development Framework

Johannesburg, 22 June 2015 — Johannesburg remains the focal point for economic opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa and is the largest city in South Africa. Facing global challenges such as increasing urbanisation and economic inequality, the City's current Spatial Development Framework is being prepared to guide public and private investment toward not only accommodating a growing population and an increase in informality, but using these to drive growth and urban sustainability. See more.

Jaminan kesehatan untuk si miskin perkotaan

Jakarta, 19 Juni 2015 — Masyarakat miskin Jakarta memiliki Kartu Jakarta Sehat (KJS) sebagai jaminan kesehatan. Namun kini pemerintah Indonesia sudah memiliki Jaminan Kesehatan Nasional (JKN) yang bersifat wajib bagi semua warga. Permasalahan terletak pada kesiapan KJN yang belum mencakup semua fasilitas yang ditawarkan dalam KJS sehingga masyarakat miskin kota terancam tak mendapat jaminan kesehatan jika proses integrasi kedua kartu tersebut terhambat. Baca lebih lanjut.

Proyecto Hermes: combatiendo la violencia escolar

Bogotá, 18 junio 2015 — La violencia y los conflictos en las escuelas se han convertido en un grave problema en Bogotá. Se estima que 17 de cada 100 niños han sufrido alguna forma de acoso escolar. La Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá ha desarrollado el innovador Programa Hermes destinado a proveer a las escuelas con las herramientas y el conocimiento necesarios para combatir este problema. Leer más.

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Chilungamo Hunga's picture

I like it that waste enterprises are fast evolving in various parts of the world into serious businesses. In my country th challenge however is related to markets. There are a few markets for waste. The way to go would be value addition. It would be interesting to read about waste value chains and maybe a turn around to a more formal systematized business.

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