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Prospects and Challenges of the New Urban Agenda in Lagos

Lagos, 3 October 2016 — The current population of Lagos is double what the city was designed to accommodate, leaving city planners with the challenges of managing the effects of rapid urbanization. In the run-up to Habitat III in Quito in a couple of weeks, URB.im’s Lagos Community Manager sat down with Dr. Taibat Lawanson, an associate professor of urban planning at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She also served in the process leading to Habitat III as a policy expert on institutions, capacity building and development.
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Empatia e colaboração para a transformação

Curitiba, 27 septiembre 2016 — Enquanto o Brasil passa por uma fase marcada pela repressão e pelo silenciamento das vozes que ousam sugerir ou demandar mudanças, uma grande campanha em Curitiba impulsiona o movimento contrário, apostando na empatia e na colaboração como ferramentas para a construção de uma cidade melhor. Neste artigo, conheça a campanha Todos Faz Parte.
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Politics of water in Mumbai

Mumbai, 26 September 2016 — A landmark judgment in Mumbai secures the right to water as a fundamental right guaranteed under the Constitution. See more.

All eyes are on the big bang education reforms in Delhi

Delhi, 22 September 2016 — The Delhi government has unleashed a slew of fresh measures to reform education in the State; however, piecemeal strategy and failure to recruit enough teachers might undo the good work.
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Dhaka’s traffic nightmare

Dhaka, 21 September 2016 — Owing to rapid and unsustainable urbanization in Dhaka city, existing roads and transportation system is no longer adequate to endure the city’s population and growing need lower commute time. The traffic congestion in Dhaka city is estimated to cause an economic loss worth about 2 billion US dollars and rising. The big idea to combat this ascending issue is a 2.5 billion US dollar metro project aimed at controlling traffic congestion and providing efficient transport for city dwellers on the busiest route of the city. See more.

"The Johannesburg we need": Yasmeen Dinath on the JDA and UN-Habitat's 'New Urban Agenda'

Johannesburg, 20 September 2016 — In March 2016 UN-Habitat released a document ('The City We Need') summarizing a common vision for a 'New Urban Agenda', to be delivered at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). We spoke with Yasmeen Dinath, ‎Planning Manager of the ‘Planning and Strategy’ team at the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), exploring whether and how these principles are being enacted in Johannesburg.
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Bangladeshi garment workers and the work of BGMEA

Chittagong, 19 September 2016 — The readymade garments sector (RMG) in Bangladesh has been making crucial contribution to the country and its economy, accounting for 81% of the total export earnings of the country. Apart from being the major earner of foreign currency, the RMG sector creates employment for over 4 million people, the vast majority of whom are women. See more.

Mendorong Kota Inklusi melalui Kelompok Perempuan

Jakarta, 16 September 2016 — Sebuah kota yang mengakui keberagaman warganya merupakan kota yang dicita-citakan oleh semua orang, terutama jika di kota tersebut mampu memberikan pengakuan terhadap minoritas. Masyarakat Cina Benteng merupakan salah satu minoritas yang telah mengalami diskriminasi dan stigma oleh publik dan pemerintah. Gerakan inklusi sosial Cina Benteng digerakkan oleh kelompok perempuan yang mendorong adanya keberterimaan luas atas kelompok mereka. Baca lebih lanjut.

#SomosCDMX

Mexico D.F., 15 septiembre 2016 — La Ciudad de México transita hacia una nueva identidad jurídica y democrática para asegurar y reforzar mecanismos democráticos de representación y de autonomía propia como un Estado más de la Federación. Leer más.

Memberdayakan Warga Pinggir Kali untuk Ketahanan Bencana

Surabaya, 14 September 2016 — Masyarkat yang tinggal di pinggir sungai kerap memperoleh stigma negatif sebagai warga illegal, penyebab bajir dan kotornya sungai. Oleh karena itu kebijakan pemerintah kota adalah menggusur mereka dan memindahkan ke lokasi yang mengancam pecahnya ikatan sosial warga. Namun demikian, warga strenkali Surabaya merupakan contoh baik bagaimana warga pinggi kali berdaya secara ekonomi dan menjaga sungai mereka. Baca lebih lanjut.