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  • Women are gathered around a paper with squares on it talking.

    Why enumeration counts: documenting by the undocumented

    Sheela Patel 10 May 2012

    People living in informal settlements are often deliberately left out of official surveys and maps. Now they're documenting themselves.

  • Many inhabitants of the city of La Paz in Bolivia live in extreme poverty. A persistent myth is that urban poverty is driven by large numbers of poor migrants (Photo: Lemurian Grove, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Debunking the myths about migration and climate change

    Cecilia Tacoli 16 November 2011

    After years of alarmist predictions of hundreds of millions of climate refugees fleeing their homes, there is now a broad-based consensus that while the impacts of climate change will increase the number of migrants, it is not the only factor that drives people to move

  • The 2011 monsoon season brought unusually heavy rains and severe floods to many south-east Asian countries. Thailand was worst affected, with large parts of the Thai capital Bangkok under water (Photo: Chrisgel Ryan Cruz, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Thailand's floods: complex political and geographical factors behind the crisis

    Somsook Boonyabancha 2 November 2011

    The scale of Thailand's floods are unprecedented. In the midst of the crisis, water management has become a politically sensitive matter

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    Why survivors should lead responses to disasters

    Somsook Boonyabancha 20 October 2011

  • The Mahila Housing SEWA (Self-Employed Women's Association of India) Trust offers savings, loans and micro credit schemes (Photo: Shack/Slum Dwellers International, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    People power: the urban poor are now a force to be reckoned with

    Suzanne Fisher 17 October 2011

    Speakers at the "View from the streets" event in London showed how the urban poor can group together to bring about change

  • Children at an informal school in the Kibera area of Nairobi. Providing free education is one way to reduce urban poverty (Photo: Christy Gillmore, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Why are the main means by which urban dwellers avoid hunger ignored?

    David Satterthwaite 5 October 2011

    The issue of hunger in urban areas has long been neglected, as part of a more general neglect of urban poverty. And when the issue is covered, there are some glaring gaps in the analysis

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    No easy, quick solutions to improving life in the "slums"

    Diana Mitlin 5 September 2011

    BBC journalist Paul Mason’s “Our World,” shown on the 26th August 2011, relies once more on professionalized solutions to offer hope to those living in Manila, the capital of the Philippines – and the most densely populated city on earth. But they’re not a viable solution for the 900 million people living in informal settlements and other forms of inadequate accommodation such as crowded inner city dwellings.

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    Braking Beijing’s car addiction

    Ben Garside 20 January 2011

    Driven by subsidies for small cars and an ever increasing middle class, the Chinese year of the tiger saw a ferocious increase in the car industry — a whopping 18.1 million vehicles (including 13.8 million cars) were sold in China in 2010, up by a third from the previous year. But will new efforts by Beijing combat both the booming economy and the grid-locked streets? And is this another example of China setting a new course for a greener future?

  • Low2No helps show how to build sustainable cities

    Phillip Bruner 16 June 2010

    ‘Low-carbon growth’ seems to be mentioned all the time with regards to environment and development policy. As a theory this is great, but how can the theory be made more concrete? What might the practice of low-carbon growth look like when applied to urban environments?

  • Let's get compact

    Barbara Kiser 26 March 2010

    The future sprawls before us — urban sprawl, that is. John Vidal of the UK Guardian says that in 50 years, we could see ‘vast “mega-regions” which may stretch hundreds of miles across countries and be home to more than 100 million people’.

    In fact, they’re here already: the gargantuan Hong Kong-Shenhzen-Ghaungzhou conurbation, to take just one example, houses more than 120 million people.

    Whether in-migration to these regions is a trickle or a flood (and the downturn has apparently had a mixed effect on migration to cities), the urban pull remains powerful, as the poor chase jobs and escape degraded rural environments or conflict.