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The competitiveness of global-port cities

Posted on: 9 December 2014
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Ports and cities are historically strongly linked, but the link between port and city growth has become weaker. Economic benefits often spill over to other regions, whereas negative impacts are localised in the port-city. How can ports regain their role as drivers of urban economic growth and how can negative port impacts be mitigated? Those are the questions that this report aims to answer.

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The new urban: Towards progressive secondary cities

Posted on: 8 December 2014
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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.

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Cherishing our high streets – lessons from Hackney’s Narrow Way

Posted on: 8 December 2014
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In 2013 Hackney council made one of its most historic streets motor-free, initially on a trial basis. The trial became permanent recently, and Living Streets marked the occasion by hosting a street party. This provided an opportunity to canvas the opinions of local people, but also to talk to councillors and campaigners who helped bring this vision to life. The first podcast looks at the benefits of cherishing the public realm and how it might gives us a clue about the future of our high streets.

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The value of sustainability reporting by cities

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This article looks at why more mayors are committing to sustainability reports and highlights the benefits for cities of the launch of the World Council on City Data.

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World Council on City Data

Posted on: 8 December 2014
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The World Council on City Data (WCCD) coordinates all efforts on open city data to ensure a consistent and comprehensive platform for standardized urban metrics. As a global leader on standardized indicators, the WCCD is also leading the efforts on global implementation of ISO 37120 Sustainable Development of Communities: Indicators for City Services and Quality of Life, the new international standard for cities, created by cities. The WCCD has created the first ever certification system and Global City Registry for ISO 37120.

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Insolvency in construction: Interim certificates

Posted on: 8 December 2014
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Under the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 a party to a construction contract is entitled to payment by instalments and the parties are free to agree the amounts of the payments and intervals at which they become due. The resulting request for payment is made by way of issue of an “interim certificate”. This briefing considers the issues that need to be considered when there is a failure to make payment to its contractor pursuant to an interim certificate which could lead to an order for winding-up.

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TERM 2014: transport indicators tracking progress towards environmental targets in Europe

Posted on: 8 December 2014
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The transport sector is still generating excessive greenhouse gas emissions and harmful levels of air pollution and noise, according to the latest edition of the European Environment Agency’s annual report on environment and transport.

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Is there a Brazilian model of development? Are there lessons for countries in Africa?

Posted on: 8 December 2014
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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.

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Innovating pedagogy 2014: Exploring new forms of teaching, learning and assessment, to guide educators and policy makers

Posted on: 5 December 2014
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The annual Innovating Pedagogy report explores new forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world, to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation. Produced by the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University, the report identifies ten educational terms, theories and practices that have the potential to provoke major shifts in educational practice in the near future.

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Quality of transport

Posted on: 5 December 2014
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Special Eurobarometer reports are based on in-depth thematical studies carried out for various services of the European Commission or other EU Institutions and integrated in Standard Eurobarometer’s polling waves. This survey was commissioned to gather information from European citizens, understand their habits, hear their opinions and analyse their perceptions of transport related matters.

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