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An innovative effort to keep a megacity's urban edge green.
Ignacio Amigo February 24, 2017
The city is seeking to provide services in every public school and bolster “lay counselor” programmes, part of a USD 850 million effort to improve mental health.
Gregory Scruggs February 23, 2017
BudgIT’s online tool tracks the implementation of government infrastructure and service provision projects at the sub-national level.
Brendon Bosworth February 22, 2017
The winner of a peace prize for local authorities reduced violence by tackling poverty.
David Hatch February 21, 2017
A key proposal on value capture failed after months of debate on the city’s landmark constitution. But the document does put in place potentially significant mechanisms.
Emilio Godoy February 17, 2017
How a German city once synonymous with coal and steel became Europe's 'Green Capital'.
Simone d'Antonio February 16, 2017
Recommendations for successful technology projects from the Uraia Platform.
David Hatch February 15, 2017
Enabling stronger participation by business is important, new report says, but so is transparency and public trust.
Gregory Scruggs February 14, 2017
Continent’s fragmented urban form ‘completely at odds with the broader thinking in development,’ analyst says.
Brendon Bosworth February 10, 2017
‘Participatory aquifer mapping’ in Bengaluru aims to engage citizens in strategies for using groundwater wisely.
Patralekha Chatterjee February 10, 2017
The first of an annual report rounds up transformative ideas from 57 countries.
David Hatch February 9, 2017
Mayor Roberto Cláudio compares the new campaign to graphic anti-smoking imagery.
Gregory Scruggs February 8, 2017
And its countries want to export their cities know-how abroad.
Gregory Scruggs February 7, 2017
A contest seeks ten “visionary, realistic, and replicable design solutions” to make a major metro area more resilient to climate change.
David Hatch February 7, 2017
In cities, business linked to the goals could spur economic activity worth more than USD 3.7 trillion annually — mostly in developing countries.
David Hatch February 3, 2017
An experiment in public participation as a more autonomous era dawns in Mexico's capital city.
Gregory Scruggs February 3, 2017
After the first such office opened in September, the country plans to have eight operating by the end of this year — with more in the works.
Brendon Bosworth February 1, 2017
Ian Klaus, the State Department’s former chief on global cities, reflects on the Cities @ State initiative.
Gregory Scruggs January 31, 2017
Vancouver singled out as model as U.N. releases new guidelines, but many others showing interest and innovation.
Gregory Scruggs January 30, 2017
The Vatican sees local authorities as crucial to solving problems such as the refugee crisis and climate change.
Simone d'Antonio January 27, 2017
Findings offer insight for countries across the world dealing with spiking rates of driving and increasing car-focused urban planning.
David Hatch January 27, 2017
An interview with the filmmakers behind ‘The Quito Papers’.
Gregory Scruggs January 25, 2017
Report lays out guidelines just as data has moved to top of international agenda.
David Hatch January 24, 2017
To facilitate robust urban development, the data revolution will need to be accompanied by a capacity revolution, experts say.
Brendon Bosworth January 20, 2017