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  • Flooded street with tall buildings in the background

    Rethinking urban climate resilience: time for a reset?

    Aditya Bahadur and guest blogger Thomas Tanner discuss their new book which explores the changing nature of climate risk in towns and cities and explains why existing approaches for tackling this risk need a shake-up

    19 July 2021 | Blog | Urban
  • Aerial view of Villa 20, Buenos Aires

    Transforming cities, transforming lives

    IIED and partners are developing, testing and disseminating a scalable approach for achieving key shifts in urban development to put cities on a path to achieving climate justice and zero-carbon emissions by 2050

    30 June 2021 | Project | Policy and planning
  • Woman cooks using wood fire

    Feeding all city inhabitants

    Cecilia Tacoli explores how food and nutrition security in urban areas is often overlooked by policymakers and city governments

    28 June 2021 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Headshots of six people over a sunrise over a city

    Wanted: an inclusive vision of urban recovery from COVID-19: Make Change Happen podcast episode 12

    In this episode of Make Change Happen, expert practitioners discuss the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in urban areas, and they share a range of inclusive, locally led responses from the global South

    21 June 2021 | Article | Communication
  • 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
  • Views from Ilo, Perú

    The often forgotten role of small and intermediate urban centres

    Much of the world’s urban population lives and works outside large cities, yet often the economic, political and social importance of these urban centres, including their support to rural development and policy innovation, is given too little attention

    3 February 2021 | Blog | Urban
  • Aerial view of Kisumu, Kenya.

    Outside the large cities

    David Satterthwaite looks back on research carried out in small and intermediate urban centres, over nearly five decades

    13 November 2020 | Blog | Urban
  • Makeshift camps for internally displaced people sprang up in Kathmandu after the severe earthquake in Nepal in April 2015. Relief workers are struggling to help displaced people find durable shelter as the country braces for the monsoon season (Photo: SIM Central and South East Asia, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Urban Crises Learning Fund

    Urban areas are increasingly the sites of humanitarian crises, from natural disasters to conflict and displacement. Through a programme of research, documenting and learning from experience and development of tools and approaches, IIED is working to build the knowledge and capacity to respond of humanitarian actors working in urban areas, and of urban actors facing humanitarian crises

    2 November 2020 | Project | Urban
  • Aerial view of Accra, Ghana.

    African Cities Research Consortium

    The African Cities Research Consortium brings together a range of international partners to explore and tackle the complexity around urban development in some of Africa’s biggest cities

    16 October 2020 | Project | Urban
  • Skyline of Kolkata, India.

    How regional and national capital cities influence urban change

    David Satterthwaite discusses how building government institutions in capital cities contributes to urban change

    10 September 2020 | Blog | Urban
  • Rows of plants on a rooftop make up an urban garden.

    COVID-19 highlights three pathways to achieve urban health and environmental justice

    The pandemic is an opportunity for cities to dramatically rethink use of housing, transport and public spaces in ways that would serve all citizens, especially the socially vulnerable

    27 August 2020 | Blog | Urban
  • View of the city of Delhi at night

    The global geography of world cities

    Various lists and indicators are used to determine which cities are deemed ‘world cities’. David Satterthwaite examines different indicators and discusses which cities come out on top

    9 July 2020 | Blog | Economics
  • A view over a large township

    Internal and international influences on urban change

    David Satterthwaite takes a closer look at drivers and influences of urban change

    27 May 2020 | Blog | Economics
  • 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 vegetable seller with a food truck peels a cucumber

    Urban poor community voices take to the stage at the World Urban Forum

    Stories from urban poor communities inspired international audiences at the 10th World Urban Forum

    19 February 2020 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • 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
  • An open sewer runs in front of homes

    City leaders need to rise to the climate change challenge

    City leaders from around the world are meeting in Abu Dhabi for the 10th World Urban Forum on sustainable urbanisation (8-13 February). IIED director Andrew Norton and Maimunah Mohd Sharif, executive director of UN-Habitat, highlight the need for leaders to work with residents of informal settlements in order to prepare for the impacts of climate change

    8 February 2020 | Blog | Climate change
  • 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 is a series of blogs and interviews, curated by IIED senior fellow David Satterthwaite, 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.

    15 January 2020 | Feature | Urban
  • People looking at a map

    Learning from community planning following the Haiti earthquake

    IIED has created an online learning archive to document community planning in post-earthquake Haiti

    9 January 2020 | Project | Urban
  • A view of the migrant informal community of Marathahalli, Bengaluru

    ‘Participatory’ adaptation plans aren’t working for migrants in cities

    A paper in the latest issue of the journal Environment and Urbanization highlights how urban plans for adapting to climate change often leave out migrant populations living in informal settlements. Guest bloggers Eric Chu and Kavya Michael call for a rethink.

    9 May 2019 | Blog | Climate change
  • 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
  • Informal housing in Addis Ababa. Ethiopia's cities are struggling to meet demand for affordable housing and settlements are growing (Photo: Olli Pitkänen, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    The Ethiopian informal settlement jigsaw puzzle: an opportunity to re-sort the pieces?

    Informal settlements are increasingly housing Ethiopia’s growing population – laying bare gaps in policy that must be addressed

    25 October 2018 | Blog | Urban
  • David Dodman, director of IIED's Human Settlements research group, addresses the conference on urban crises (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

    Urban crises conference: time to put learning into practice

    An international conference on how best to respond to humanitarian crises in urban areas ended with calls to put research into practice and to improve engagement with local communities

    23 November 2017 | News | Urban
  • A Coca-Cola sign outside a small town in Benin. Bloomberg’s new health initiative will support cities to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks, but this isn't the biggest health challenge facing low-income urban residents (Photo: Lorena Pajares, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Bloomberg and public health: did he get it right?

    While welcoming the support from Michael Bloomberg for a new city-focused global public health initiative, David Satterthwaite and Sarah Colenbrander raise concerns about what is not included

    7 June 2017 | Blog | Urban
  • A street in Beirut.

    Stronger Cities Initiative

    Urban crises challenge the traditional ways of working for humanitarian organisations. The International Rescue Committee, Norwegian Refugee Council and World Vision worked together to develop a suite of tools and practical guidance notes to promote improved responses to urban crises

    31 May 2017 | Article | Policy and planning
  • The April 2105 Nepal earthquake destroyed more than 500,000 buildings in Kathmandu. There was a huge international aid effort, but reconstruction has been slow (Photo: SIM Central and South East Asia, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Urban Crises Learning Partnerships

    Two learning partnerships have helped IIED to address gaps in knowledge, skills and understanding among national and international humanitarian actors and local and national governments, in order to provide a better basis on which to prepare for and respond to humanitarian crises in urban areas

    11 May 2017 | Project | Urban
  • The green suburb of Florida is located in western Johannesburg, located just a short drive from the townships of Bosmont, Coronationville, Newclare, Riverlea and Westbury. It was a whites-only area during apartheid (Photo: Baynham Goredema, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Sustainable cities: the nexus between resilience and resource efficiency

    A new report explores how cities can increase their resilience and resource efficiency – but highlights possible tensions between these two environmental agendas

    5 May 2017 | Blog | Urban
  • Ibadan, Nigeria, a city that has experienced devastating high winds and flooding (Photo: David Dodman/IIED)

    How risk accumulates in African cities – and ways to break the cycle

    At a meeting of community organisations in Ibadan, Nigeria, local government officials and academics explored how to deal with the risks facing Africa's urban poor. Challenging long-held assumptions about how African cities work – and who holds the power – will be key to tackling the build-up of risk

    30 January 2017 | Blog | Urban
  • Niamey, the capital of Niger, is growing rapidly. Urban ARK is exploring the varied vulnerabilities of boys and girls from conflict-displaced and host communities (Photo: Jean Rebiffé, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Urban Africa Risk Knowledge (Urban ARK)

    Urban ARK is a partnership of 12 policy and academic institutions, led by Kings College London. It seeks to open up an applied research and policy agenda for identifying risks in urban areas in sub-Saharan Africa

    21 December 2016 | Project | Urban
  • 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
  • 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
  • IIED will be participating in a range of event at Habitat III, the global UN summit on urban issues

    IIED at Habitat III

    IIED and its partners will be at Habitat III, which takes place from 17-20 October in Quito, Ecuador

    23 September 2016 | Article | Urban
  • Champion of urban climate action Debra Roberts will deliver IIED's 2016 Barbara Ward Lecture. Click the image to apply to attend the event (Image: IIED)

    Jack of all trades, master of the urban agenda

    This year's Barbara Ward Lecture will be given by Debra Roberts, who says more needs to be done to join the dots between the 'New Urban Agenda', being prepared for Habitat III, and the realities of implementation at the local level

    14 September 2016 | News | Urban
  • A partially obstructed drain in Gangtok city, Sikkim (Photo: David Dodman/IIED)

    Fieldnotes from two cities in India: learning about social learning and climate uncertainty

    How can urban planners deal with the unpredictable future impacts of climate change? IIED researchers visited two Indian cities to see how a learning-based approach can help

    21 July 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • Around a billion urban dwellers live in informal settlements such as these. Without far more effective policies, their population could rise to 2 billion by 2030 (Photo: Mark Edwards)

    Ten essentials for the New Urban Agenda in one page

    Ten concise points respond to the current draft of Habitat III's New Urban Agenda which is lengthy, dense and gives too little attention to the key roles of local government and civil society

    19 July 2016 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • The devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban City (Image: Gerald Paragas and Amillah Rodil)

    New film tracks city's recovery from deadly typhoon

    The documentary "Lessons from a storm" follows Tacloban City's recovery after Typhoon Haiyan

    7 July 2016 | News | Urban
  • An image of the outside of a Malawi bank, showing a ramp installed for wheelchair users. Generally the country is lagging behind in terms of provisions for people with disabilities (Photo: Steve Sharra)

    People with disabilities struggle in Malawi's cities

    How can the Sustainable Development Goals help children with disabilities in Malawi's cities?

    6 June 2016 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • An image of crouching community members in a village in Champasak province, Laos identify areas where open defecation is taking place ahead of implementing sanitation measures (Photo: Viengsompasong Inthavong/World Bank, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    An urban approach to 'leaving no one behind'

    Taking an urban approach can help identify who is at risk of 'being left behind' and how this can be avoided

    2 June 2016 | Blog | Urban
  • An image of an open sewer in the Kibera informal settlement, in Nairobi, Kenya, Refugees in such informal settlements face even more challenges than existing habitatants to access to services, such as language barriers (Photo: Eoghan Rice/Trócaire)

    Revealing the hidden refugees in African cities

    A growing number of refugees and displaced people are living in cities in East Africa and the Horn of Africa – but governments are slow to recognise and meet their needs

    6 May 2016 | Blog | Urban
  • The case study for Manizales, in Colombia, in a new book edited by IIED's David Satterthwaite focuses on innovative community-oriented environmental policy and a commitment to disaster risk reduction (Photo: Melissa Delzio, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Can we transform our cities?

    Can cities prosper while meeting their responsibilities for acting on climate change? This is the focus of a new book by IPCC authors, co-edited by IIED's David Satterthwaite

    19 April 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • Representatives of Indonesia communities discussed ways to improve urban conditions at the third Urban Social Forum (Photo: Fabrizio Salvatori)

    Indonesian civil society discusses its urban future

    Guest blogger John Taylor reports back from Indonesia's third Urban Social Forum, where citizens came together to imagine the kind of cities they want to live in

    21 January 2016 | Blog | Urban
  • A riverbank settlement in Indonesia illustrates the vulnerability of residents to both flooding and pollution (Photo: Isabelle Lemaire/IIED)

    Comparing approaches to riverbank vulnerability in Indonesia

    What lessons can be learned from two markedly different cases of vulnerability among urban riverbank settlements in Indonesia?

    8 January 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • Participants at the workshop on sustainable cities organised by IIED and IIED-América Latina in Buenos Aires, Argentina (Photo: IIED-América Latina)

    Wanted: more inclusive, resilient, sustainable cities

    Eighty per cent of Latin Americans live in urban areas. The result is a complex and challenging urban agenda that needs to be addressed through integrated and inclusive policies. An IIED and IIED- América Latina workshop in Buenos Aires, Argentina, looked at examples of Latin American cities that are striving to become more inclusive, resilient and sustainable, from across the region

    20 November 2015 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • The Urban ARK website

    New Urban ARK website launched

    A new website profiles a research and capacity building programme focusing on urban disaster risk reduction in sub-Saharan Africa

    12 November 2015 | News | Urban
  • The Tanah Abang district of the Indonesian capital Jakarta has chronic traffic problems. Attempts to clear informal settlements and street vendors are frequently met with protests (Photo: Ikhlasul Amal, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Ten urban planning principles every humanitarian should know

    As cities are increasingly where humanitarian action responds to crises, can urban planning principles help humanitarians intervene more effectively?

    10 November 2015 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • Mumbai's Dharavi settlement has a thriving informal economy. The government's redevelopment schemes have been hit by controversy and stalled for more than a decade (Photo: Jon Hurd, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    The SDGs don't adequately spell out cities' role in implementation

    The new development framework lays out a groundbreaking vision on the common good. But it doesn't say enough about how this is to be achieved, by whom and with what funding

    12 October 2015 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • In 1992 the United Nations called Mexico City "the most polluted city on the planet". City authorities took radical steps to cut pollution, but Mexico City still has smog and is increasingly vulnerable to climate change (Photo: Fidel Gonzalez, Creative Commons via Wikimedia)

    Should cities invest in climate mitigation?

    There are compelling economic opportunities for cities to reduce their carbon footprints – but will these measures be enough to stay below 2 degrees of warming?

    21 September 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • A 'living room on the street' in Paposh Nagar, Karachi (Photo: Fareena Chanda)

    Helping low-income groups in Karachi, Bangkok and Kathmandu to take advantage of urban density

    IIED worked with local partners to seek out alternative routes to density, that don't force people to choose between being displaced to distant peripheries or being crowded into unhealthy "slums" or apartment blocks

    16 July 2015 | Project | Policy and planning
  • 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
  • "Paz" (peace) graffiti in Medellín, Colombia. The text to the right translates as "Mural in tribute to our victims of conflict" (Photo: Cathy McIlwaine)

    New approach paves way to manage violence in cities in the global South

    Violence in African, Asian and Latin American cities can no longer be seen as a problem that can be challenged and overcome through development programmes, says new research in Environment and Urbanization

    15 October 2014 | News | Urban
  • 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
  • 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 | Feature | Urban
  • IIED Senior Researcher David Dodman presents his report to the World Urban Forum

    Presenting the case for environment and urban integration

    Watch a video presentation to the World Urban Forum 7 by IIED's David Dodman to unveil a report that supports decision-makers' efforts to integrate the environment in urban planning and management

    11 April 2014 | Article | Policy and planning
  • Free access to papers on cities and climate change

    Offer extended: Free access to papers on cities and climate change

    The new edition of the journal Environment and Urbanization focuses on ways cities can increase their resilience to climate change.

    28 October 2013 | News | Climate change
  • Climate vulnerable community in Peam Ro District, Cambodia

    Climate resilient cities: a role for the media

    Journalists can remind city officials and urban residents about ‘hidden finance’ for climate resilience, and ensure the money gets well spent, says David Dodman.

    27 September 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • People point to a computer screen.

    ELLA - sharing Evidence and Lessons from Latin America

    Read how ELLA’s online Learning Alliances are sharing Latin American experience with sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

    12 November 2012 | Blog |
  • A woman walks along a bamboo walkway in Iloilo, Philippines.

    Study identifies political leadership as No. 1 issue in managing disaster risk

    A new study of a major urban safety campaign launched by the UN two years ago has found that political leadership is more important than a city’s wealth when it comes to protecting the lives and economic assets of cities and towns from disasters.

    4 September 2012 | News | Governance
  • Urban poor transform slums in 100+ cities in 15 Asian nations

    The lives of hundreds of thousands of people in Asian cities have been transformed thanks to an innovative project that enables the urban poor to improve their living conditions in partnership with city governments.

    14 September 2011 | News | Poverty
  • Climate change study provides greenhouse-gas emissions for 100 cities in 33 nations

    Study asks 'whose greenhouse gas is it anyway?' and urges a broader look at cities and climate change                                            

    25 January 2011 | News | Urban
  • Low2No helps show how to build sustainable cities

    ‘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?

    16 June 2010 | Blog | Climate change
  • Let's get compact

    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.

    26 March 2010 | Blog | Urban
  • Addressing the needs of urban children and adolescents

    Not enough is known about practical and effective ways of addressing children's interests within urban development. Their concerns are rarely taken into account in most planning decisions, community development projects or housing and neighbourhood upgrading schemes.

    5 January 2009 | Project | Poverty
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