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    Half-built homes can ease slums

    Sally Murray

    Could an architectural innovation in Chile be the answer to low-cost housing? The IGC's Sally Murray looks at a Chilean housing project providing half-built homes for the...

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  • A female doctor with the International Medical Corps examines a young boy at a mobile health clinic in the village of Goza, near Dadu, in Pakistan's Sindh province.
Funding from the UK government is enabling the International Medical Corps to operate mobile health clinics in Sindh, as part of the UK's response to the Pakistan floods. These clinics will provide access to basic healthcare services for thousands of people across Sindh as they return home to communities which were devastated by the floods in August 2010. The floods destroyed clinics and hospitals as well as homes and schools, so mobile teams of doctors, nurses and pharmacists are a vital way of reaching people in need of healthcare. The teams also operate as a disease 'early-warning' system; being getting out into the communities, they can spot the early signs of cholera and other water-borne diseases associated with large amounts of standing water and limited sanitation.

    Is ‘big data’ over-hyped? The importance of...

    Jeffrey Hammer

    Despite the hype around ‘big data’, caution should be urged. Efforts to improve data collection require greater coordination and planning in order to ensure greater...

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    IGC Cities Conference

    28 January 2016

    Location: London School of Economics and Political Science Follow tweets from the conference on the hashtag #BuildingCities Today, for the first time in history, more than...

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    Low cost housing for Africa’s cities? The impact...

    Berihu Assefa Gebrehiwot, Simon Franklin, Alebel Weldesilassie

    Cities in Africa face severe shortages of affordable formal housing. It is estimated that Ethiopia’s current housing deficit in urban areas is about a million units, and that...

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    Trade costs and potential: Removing barriers to...

    Salamat Ali

    Reducing trade costs and barriers remains an important means of accelerating the economic growth of a country. Today’s blog illustrates the concept of trade costs and...

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  • Welcoming ceremony for first detachment of China's peacekeeping infantry battalion to arrive in South Sudan.  China has contributed in other capacities in the past but this is the first time they have contributed an entire infantry battalion to UN peacekeeping.  144 soldiers arrived today; 520 are scheduled to follow in the near future.

    The dynamics of civil service reform and demobilisation

    Barbara Nunberg, Peter Biar Ajak, Nada Eissa

    South Sudan’s newly established state emerges from the present conflict with only a short history of sovereignty and very limited prior levels of state-organised service...