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    Intermediate cites and climate action: Driving change through urban land use and governance

    In the first blog of this two-part series, it was argued that especially in low-income settings, intermediate cities, through strong rural-urban linkages, can provide an important social safety net in addition to their potential to alleviate poverty in the long-term. Moreover, and although largely undervalued by the international community and countries, intermediate cities...

    9 Sep 2021 | Oliver Harman

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    Intermediate cities: A missing piece in the climate change puzzle

    Research and debate on climate change currently underestimate the importance of a key group of players: intermediate cities. Currently conversation and studies on climate change often centre on large and relatively wealthy capital cities. Their size in population, data availability and comparatively higher energy use per person are factors that draw attention. In...

    7 Sep 2021 | Oliver Harman

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    Prospectus of city growth: Rethinking planning in Amman

    City administrations worldwide found themselves grappling with urban development issues that became more pressing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Greater Amman Municipality conducted a retrospective assessment effort to better understand its early response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The IGC hosted a webinar examining the city’s self-assessment experience, which...

    14 Jun 2021 | Fuad Malkawi, Patrick Lamson-Hall, Sandra Hiari

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    How transport reforms have impacted urban connectivity in Kenya

    For this third blog in our series on Chinese and African urbanisation, we explore how transport reforms have affected the delivery of urban connectivity infrastructure in Kenya, and how this compares with the different growth experiences of Chinese cities.  Early investment in transportation has been a fundamental feature of China’s relatively successful urban and...

    1 Feb 2021 | Astrid Haas, Sebastian Kriticos, Nicolas Lippolis

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    The compliance challenge: Raising property tax revenues in Kampala

    Property taxes are an important potential source of revenue for cities. Faced with limited municipal revenues and rapidly growing populations, taxes on the value of land and property can offer a significant source of funding for cities to provide local services and to tap into financing for larger investments. Recent improvements to the tax administration system in Kampala...

    28 Jan 2021 | Priya Manwaring, Tanner Regan

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    Housing in Hawassa: How to accommodate migrant labour in industrialising cities

    Lessons from China might inform urbanisation and industrialisation in Ethiopia, including labour rights and housing policies within an expanding manufacturing market. As we discuss in the first blog of this China-Africa series, urbanisation in sub-Saharan Africa has so far not been accompanied by a process of industrialisation, contrasting with the development...

    30 Nov 2020 | Astrid Haas, Sebastian Kriticos, Nicolas Lippolis

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    What a rapidly urbanising Africa can learn from China’s experience

    The parallels between Africa and China’s urbanisation trajectories could offer policymakers potential policy design lessons to learn from. For example, some of China’s recent successes in managing urbanisation, if adequately adapted to the unique and diverse African context, could potentially help the continent’s burgeoning city growth become more sustainable and...

    27 Nov 2020 | Astrid Haas, Sebastian Kriticos, Nicolas Lippolis

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    For the urban poor, trade may be the only lifeline during a pandemic

    Trade routes have been significantly disrupted with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. As formal firms reel under the consequent demand and supply shock, the urban poor engaging in informal trade with little social protection have been pushed further into the margins, and are struggling simply for survival.   The outbreak of the plague in Surat, India in 1994 claimed...

    29 Oct 2020 | Astrid Haas, Victoria Delbridge, Nikita Sharma

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    Devolve more power to cities: they will need it more than ever

    Cities with devolved powers can react more quickly to the pandemic. But many don’t have the control they need to respond to shocks. Astrid R.N. Haas and Shahrukh Wani (International Growth Centre) argue that a reluctance by central governments to devolve power is holding them back. COVID-19, like every single pandemic in the last 30 years, started in a city and...

    28 Oct 2020 | Astrid Haas, Shahrukh Wani

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    Overcrowding and pandemic risk hotspots in Rwanda

    Proximity between people, otherwise known as population density, is the foundation of prosperity and productivity in cities. There is no empirical link between the spread of COVID-19 risk and city population density. However, when population density is not well managed and becomes overcrowding, the risk of COVID-19 and other contagious diseases, rises. The COVID-19...

    12 Oct 2020 | Jonathan Bower, Anirudh Rajashekar