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The Project Support Centre is located in the School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster.

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Just cities for children: Voices from urban slums

Posted on: 7 November 2014
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This report highlights World Vision’s experience in supporting children to express their ideas for a better city to key decision makers on a global platform, and in mainstreaming child participatory processes into its urban programmes. The paper analyses the ways in which children are able to contribute to safe, healthy, resilient and prosperous cities by influencing urban policies, processes and institutions that better reflect the diverse needs of children. It also addresses questions about children’s abilities to participate, and how this engagement takes into account their evolving capacities and vulnerabilities.

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How can we transcend slum urbanism in Africa?

Posted on: 6 November 2014
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In this video, University of Cape Town professor and founding director of the African Centre for Cities, Edgar Pieterse explains the controversial logic of slum urbanism. A logic driven by the privatisation of urban services and infrastructure that creates a sharp divided in society.

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Deltas in times of climate change II.  Rotterdam, 24-26 September 2014

Posted on: 5 November 2014
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The conference brought together scientists and practitioners, business people and public officials, civil servants and people from non-governmental organisations to reflect on the latest insights from science and how people in deltas are coping with climate change. Presentations are available online.

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Building the resilience of small states: A revised framework

Posted on: 3 November 2014
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The Commonwealth resilience framework has been developed to identify both the national policies required to build resilience and the areas in which regional and international development partners can provide support. This study refines and expands the framework to cover areas such as governance, environmental management and social development. It proposes policy measures for building resilience and ways in which the resilience framework for small states can be embedded in national planning to help stakeholders to agree priority areas for policy intervention.

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Strengthening social justice to address intersecting inequalities post-2015

Posted on: 3 November 2014
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In order to turn into concrete action the promise of supporting the achievement of sustainable and equitable development and of prioritising poverty reduction, the Spanish Cooperation, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), created the Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG-F), the first specific global fund for the achievement of the SDGs. This report is another step towards keeping our promise. Through the analysis of concrete examples, this report examines what is needed to tackle inequalities between groups of a population. It shows lessons from countries that have made progress in this field, which all underscore the importance of citizen participation and social mobilization.

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Scaling up community housing solutions

Posted on: 22 October 2014
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The publication was the background paper to the Building and Social Housing Foundation’s annual consultation, held in Windsor in May 2014. The consultation drew together community-led housing experts from both the UK and internationally, along with government representatives and practitioners from the wider housing sector to discuss how community-led housing could play a greater role in the UK. The background paper provides information about the objectives of the consultation, but also sets the scene for community-led housing in the UK and the lessons that can be learned from community-led projects elsewhere that have significantly increased in scope and impact.

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Mainstreaming cross-cutting issues: 7 Lessons from DAC Peer Reviews

Posted on: 21 October 2014
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The “Lessons from Peer Reviews” pull together knowledge on good practices in development co-operation from the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), drawing in particular on the findings of DAC’s peer reviews. These lessons can help DAC members and other relevant actors to understand and implement measures that are critical to managing and delivering development co-operation more effectively. This booklet highlights some of the common themes and important lessons on mainstreaming gender equality and the environment based on DAC members’ practices as documented in peer reviews, a number of donor evaluations as well as wider work across the OECD. It includes examples of DAC members’ practices and experiences, and sketches out the challenges donors still face as they move towards better support for mainstreaming these themes.

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Gender equality and sustainable development

Posted on: 20 October 2014
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The World Survey on the Role of Women in Development is a UN Secretary-General report mandated by the Second Committee of the General Assembly and comes out every five years. The 2014 report focuses on gender equality and sustainable development, with chapters on the green economy and care work, food security, population dynamics, and investments for gender-responsive sustainable development.

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International Conference on Small Island Developing States

Posted on: 14 October 2014
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Stakeholder Forum produced eight thematic editions of Outreach during the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States and pre-Conference events in Apia, Samoa, in August/September. Access all of the editions on the Outreach website.

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The Oriel Open Knowledge Hub

Posted on: 14 October 2014
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The Oriel Open Knowledge Hub is an Open Data platform for sharing and downloading digital content about development. A key aspect of the hub’s design is to raise the profile of diverse perspectives on development, paying particular attention to content from the South. The Oriel Open Knowledge Hub can be linked to other Open Knowledge initiatives and its aim is to improve the supply and accessibility of content that supports evidence-informed policy making and practice by development actors. The hub is largely being developed in collaboration with a range of organisations based in developing countries. It is anticipated that through peer support and shared learning, the Institute of Development Studies and its partners will increase their capacity to engage and innovate with Open Data and Open Content.

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