The UN Secretary General has released his Synthesis Report on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The report summarises the development process and content of the Open Working Group’s Sustainable Development Goals to date, and the direction in which the agenda must head.
Ways forward to achieving affordable and inclusive housing finance for all: Roles and responsibilities for UN-Habitat partners
This concept note has been published as part of the UN Habitat Global Expert Group Meeting, held in Barcelona on 11-12 December 2014.
A key component of Oxfam’s urban framework is the generation and sharing of knowledge that can support its urban programming and feed advocacy and capacity-strengthening initiatives. An Asia Development Dialogue (ADD) platform was started in 2012 to promote multidisciplinary analysis and debate regarding a limited number of prioritized and cross-cutting issues that have longer-term implications for social and economic development in Asia. It is a joint collaboration among Oxfam Great Britain, Chulalongkorn University (Thailand) and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Singapore), with support from the Rockefeller Foundation. Embracing the importance of collective thinking, multidisciplinary analysis and joint solutions in tackling the critical challenges confronting Asia today, the project leverages the expertise and networks of each consortium member to gather diverse stakeholders from government, the private sector, academia, media and civil society onto the same platforms. The topics included in this publication emerged during various ADD meetings that took place in 2013 focusing on the challenges and opportunities of secondary cities. The publication is not intended to be a report or a collection of in-depth analytical papers but rather an exploration of questions that the ADD discussions brought to the surface. This collection both highlights emerging issues and provides different perspectives on persistent issues.
Brazil’s recent growth has been intensely pro-poor, and both poverty and inequality have declined significantly in the last decade. It has been suggested that Brazil’s unexpected successes are the outcome of a new model of development. The paper argues that Brazil’s unique combination of economic and social policies is at the root of its inclusive growth, but it is poorly understood. An assessment as to whether this combination constitutes a model is perhaps premature, but it is worth considering whether there are any lessons from Brazil’s development policies for Sub-Saharan African countries.
The 12 Lessons series pulls together knowledge on good practice in development co-operation from the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), drawing in particular on the findings of the DAC peer reviews. These lessons can help DAC members and other development actors to understand and implement measures that are critical to managing and delivering development co-operation more effectively. This publication also draws on the body of knowledge collected by the OECD’s Network of DAC Development Communicators, notably its publication Good Practices in Development Communication (OECD, 2014).
Launched in 2008, the overall objective of PSUP is to contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of the urban poor and to contribute to millennium Development goal (MDG) 7, including: target C, to halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation; and, target D, to achieve a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers by 2020. This website provides information on the Progarmme and details of projects where it is being implemented.
The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy works with cities worldwide to bring about sustainable transport solutions that cut greenhouse gas emissions, reduce poverty, and improve the quality of urban life. A regular blog is also available.
This blog considers the value of informal solutions, involving local residents in transforming their own neighbourhoods.
The availability and timeliness of data at the urban level, particularly for informal settlements, is limited. In addition, current indicators can underestimate the extent of urban poverty. Poverty lines based on the cost of basic needs, often a combination of food and non-food essentials, tend to underestimate the higher costs of housing, transport and other services in urban areas. Other multi-dimensional indicators that go beyond income to reflect wider aspects of well-being have also been criticised for failing to capture key aspects of urban poverty, such as the quality of public service provision, and access to adequate housing.
GIZ-SUTP has released it latest technical document which aims to evaluate the potential, as well as the necessary political support structure, for the implementation of carsharing services in emerging economies. Beginning with a basic introduction to the function and benefits of car sharing, the paper identifies key success factors and best practice of mature car sharing markets.