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  • Blog post

    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

  • Blog post

    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

  • Event

    Amman’s COVID-19 urban response: Lessons and outlook

    The International Growth Centre (IGC) and the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) host a webinar that examines the response of Amman to the spread of COVID-19 and provides academic evidence on the role of planning for urban resilience, as well as exploring challenges and opportunities for recovery. This online event brings in experience and evidence on the best practices...

    7 December 2020

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Urban property taxes in Pakistan’s Punjab

    Property tax is a significantly under-utilised tax instrument in Punjab, accounting for only 6% of the total provincial tax. With a population of over 100 million, all of Punjab collects less urban property tax than the city of Chennai in India, home to about 10 million people. Punjab's cities have significant service delivery deficits. For example, only 35% of urban...

    2 Nov 2020 | Shahrukh Wani, Hina Shaikh, Oliver Harman

  • Blog post

    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

  • Blog post

    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

  • Event

    Placing cities at the centre of Africa’s COVID-19 recovery

    The on-going COVID19 pandemic has made clear the inequalities in infrastructure and institutions across the world – the heaviest burden often resting with developing cities. Housing is overcrowded and unsuitable for social distancing, there are difficulties in facilitating a coordinated response to containment measures, and poor service delivery of necessities like...

    28 October 2020

  • Publication - Miscellaneous

    Presentation: Taxing urban land and property

    8 Oct 2020 | Shahrukh Wani

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Why we need to tax urban land and property?

    Shahrukh Wani, Economist at IGC’s Cities that Work initiative, presented at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) in Karachi on the importance of land and property taxation in Pakistan.

    8 Oct 2020

  • Publication - Policy paper

    Designed to succeed: Building authorising environments for fast-growing cities

    Cities are where prosperity is won or lost. They can either be the engines of economic growth, or dysfunctional sites of congestion, crowding, and discontent. One of the main differences is due to the quality and effectiveness of policy decisions: some city governments can take effective, timely decisions that support the productivity-enhancing features of cities, while...

    6 Oct 2020 | Paul Collier, Edward Glaeser, Tony Venables, Astrid Haas, Shahrukh Wani