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  • Blog post

    Navigating the urban age

    Whatever we might say is right or wrong with cities of the 21st century, they are indisputably a defining feature of our age. As much as we are post-modern, post-gender or post-colonial, we are also post-rural. Our existence, for an increasing majority, is urban. Even more than that, our aspirations are urban. This is visible almost everywhere. In the US, people with...

    11 Feb 2020 | Oliver Harman, Shahrukh Wani

  • Project

    The cost of congestion in Kampala, Uganda

    Traffic congestion is a major issue in cities around the world, particularly in developing countries, with potentially negative effects on outcomes ranging from economic activity to health. This project aims to estimate the cost of traffic congestion, i.e. commuter time lost, in Kampala, Uganda, in time and monetary terms. The study is based on a direct request from the...

    4 Feb 2020 | Laurenz Baertsch

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Building city resilience: Data lessons from Cape Town

    Hugh Cole (Director of Policy and Strategy, City of Cape Town) discusses how the city used innovative techniques to respond to a crisis in water supplies.

    4 Feb 2020

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Traffic management: Data lessons from Lagos and Kampala

    Traffic congestion can cost working time and be detrimental to a city's productivity. Biodun Otunola (CEO Planet Projects, Lagos) and Andrew Kitaka (Executive Director, Kampala Capital City Authority) discuss how data can be used to improve traffic management in developing cities.

    4 Feb 2020

  • Publication - Policy paper

    Housing policies in Rwanda: Riding the urbanisation whirlwind

    3 Feb 2020 | Jonathan Bower, Robert Buckley

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Video: Urban management: Data lessons from Amman

    Reham Bataineh, Head of Local Plans Division for the Greater Amman Municipality, discusses Amman's transition from using a manual data system to a geographical one and how it has helped evidence-based decision making in the city.

    28 Jan 2020

  • Event

    Financing inclusive and sustainable development in Pakistani cities

    Mahbub Ul Haq Research Center at LUMS and IGC Pakistan and are jointly hosting a talk that will explore the potential of a ‘beneficial property tax’ as a new reform to build inclusive cities. The event will inaugurate the Mahbub Ul Haq Reform Dialogues that are meant to engage audiences on key policy issues through an interactive debate. This talk will discuss the...

    31 January 2020

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Creating successful data systems: Data lessons from Cape Town

    Craig Kesson, Executive Director for Corporate Services at the City of Cape Town, discusses the city council's experience of improving their use of datasets for the benefit of the city.

    21 Jan 2020

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Density in various forms

    Indian census data suggests that around a third of citizens live in areas that could be considered urban, with this set to rise to about 40% by 2030. However, in addition to population numbers and density, the criteria to be considered urban also contains a less conventional stipulation that at least 75% of adult main male workers in an area must work in...

    15 Jan 2020 | Neha Sami, Jessica Seddon, Arindam Jana

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Assessing waste management services in Kigali

    Kigali’s rapid population and economic growth over the last two decades has meant a steady increase in the amount of Municipal solid waste. Despite laudable efforts by the city to deal with issues related to waste management, it is unclear whether the waste collection system will be able to simultaneously increase service quality and deal with future waste...

    15 Jan 2020 | Anirudh Rajashekar, Aiden Bowers