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  • Event

    The future of urban development in Afghanistan

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQkFCMLUiBA&ab_channel=OxfordUrbanists Shahrukh Wani, Economist at IGC’s Cities that Work initiative moderates a discussion on contemporary urban-development dynamics in Afghanistan hosted by Oxford Urbanists. In conversation are Sana Safi, a journalist with the BBC World Service, Srinivasa Popuri of UN-Habitat, and Erol Yayboke of...

    10 December 2021

  • Blog post

    Learning from Lagos

    How a "lite" rapid transit system in the Nigerian city transformed commuting. In many emerging cities, public transit is informal and unregulated. Considerable quality of life, environmental, and health consequences result from this. At an individual level, many people are unable to afford public transit and must walk to work, which reduces their career opportunities,...

    22 Nov 2021 | Oliver Harman, Siobhan McDonough

  • Project

    A field experiment on integrating rural migrants in cities: Mapping the city of Quelimane

    The current rapid urbanisation in sub-Saharan Africa is likely to lead to both economic development and political destabilisation. How can local leaders integrate rural migrants into labour markets with minimal harm to existing residents? And how does rural-urban migration change the political incentives and behaviour of local leaders, existing residents, and migrants...

    22 Nov 2021 | Frederica Mendonça, Wayne Sandholtz, Alex Armand, Pedro Vicente

  • News Item

    Why sustainable urbanisation is important in the fight against climate change

    With COP26 underway in Glasgow, a high level event convened by The Prince’s Foundation and key Commonwealth partners held on 27 October discussed the ‘triple threat’ of rapid urbanisation, natural resource depletion and climate change, and the need for collaboration if global climate action targets are to be met within the limited time available. Joining HRH The...

    2 Nov 2021

  • Event

    IGC cities that work on global value chains and regional innovation

    As part of webinar series organised by the Regional Studies Association (RSA), IGC’s Oliver Harman and other panellists discuss how cities and regions can build, embed and reshape global value chains (GVCs) to their enhancement and technological upgrading. The session aims to contribute to wider discussions on regional innovation and smart specialisation strategies...

    27 October 2021

  • Event

    Green jobs as drivers of growth in African cities

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMshMN8N5m4&ab_channel=InternationalGrowthCentre You can also listen to the audio event recording here: IGC Admin · Green jobs as drivers of growth in African cities The rapid rate of urbanisation ongoing in developing countries presents a complex and urgent set of challenges for cities to accommodate future jobs, housing...

    28 October 2021

  • Publication - Annual report

    Annual Report 2020-2021

    The 2020-2021 period was one fundamentally shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had a profound effect on the work of IGC and its in-country partners. The IGC delivered notable policy impact relating to COVID-19, supporting our national policy counterparts with robust and timely data-driven insight to actively support policy decision-making. IGC has been careful and...

    11 Oct 2021 |

  • Publication - Annual report

    Annual Report 2019-2020

    In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all aspects of the IGC. Our country teams have adapted to maintain their responsiveness to policymakers, our researchers have adapted to answer new urgent questions and work around travel restrictions, and our London staff have navigated the management of projects, events, communications and changing budgets while working...

    11 Oct 2021 |

  • Blog post

    Building a strong evidence base for policymaking and action in cities

    The IGC hosted the event "Building a Strong Evidence-base for Policy Making and Action in Cities", the first of three events in support of the call to action on sustainable urbanisation in the Commonwealth, developed jointly by the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Commonwealth Association of Architects, the Commonwealth Association of Planners, and the...

    22 Sep 2021 | Siobhan McDonough

  • Blog post

    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