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  • Blog post

    Making room for Africa’s urban billion

    By 2050, more than a billion people will be living in African cities and towns. As more and more of the continent’s population – 60% of whom live in the countryside – move to urban areas, pressures on land can only intensify. How should we make room for this massive urban expansion? How will city structures have to change to accommodate Africa’s urban billion? And...

    22 Nov 2018 | Sebastian Kriticos

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Land rights in developing countries: Insights from policymakers

    Policymakers from Rwanda, Zambia, Uganda and Ghana discuss the challenges around land rights and what can be done to address them.

    20 Nov 2018

  • Blog post

    Land reform, redistribution, and risk: Towards an inclusive South Africa

    At the end of February 2018, a motion was put forward by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), a far-left opposition party, to revisit South Africa’s Constitution and amend it to allow for land expropriation without compensation. This motion was successfully passed, and subsequent public hearings across the country confirmed that there was resounding support from the...

    1 Nov 2018 | Victoria Delbridge

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    The spatial structure of cities in developing countries

    Professor Ed Glaeser outlines key policy challenges related to the spatial structure of cities in developing countries and the research needed to address them. These ideas are part of the IGC's 'Cities that Work' initiative.

    31 Oct 2018

  • Blog post

    From roads to regulation: Realistic transport reform in Greater Kampala

    Across developing cities, transportation is struggling to keep up with rapid population growth. Transport systems that are supposed to connect individuals to jobs, services, and markets have limited reach and low capacity. Land allocated to roads in sub-Saharan African cities, for example, is around a third of that in cities in other parts of the world (Collier and Venables...

    10 Oct 2018 | Priya Manwaring

  • Event

    Twitter chat: What works in building sustainable and resilient cities

    Over the last decade, natural disasters have affected more than 220 million people and caused economic damage of $100 billion per year globally. By 2030, without significant investment to make cities more resilient, natural disasters may cost cities worldwide three times that amount a year, and climate change may push millions of urban residents into poverty (UNHabitat,...

    31 October 2018

  • Publication - Project Report

    The economics of low carbon cities: Kigali, Rwanda

    3 Oct 2018 | Andy Gouldson, Sarah Colenbrander, Andrew Sudmant, Herman Musahara

  • Project

    The institutional and urban design of Gwadar City

    This study on Gwadar City explores the optimal administrative structure and policy initiatives feeding into its urban design, that can help spur economic growth in the region, along the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The study will carry out a review of success and failure of new economic cities and special economic zones (SEZs) around the world, supplemented by...

    17 Sep 2018 | Muhammad Naveed Iftikhar, Komal Shakeel, Liou Xie

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Facebook Live interview with Shanta Devarajan

    Priya Manwaring (IGC) speaks to Shanta Devarajan, Senior Director for Development Economics and Acting Chief Economist of the World Bank, about the major challenges affecting developing cities today, opportunities for reform, and the potential for research in designing evidence-based policy.

    11 Sep 2018