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  • Event

    Building better data to support sustainable urbanisation in the Commonwealth

    The Commonwealth Association of Architects, in collaboration with the International Growth Centre, Ordnance Survey and Nesta Challenges, is pleased to announce a series of three inter-linked online events the aim of which is to explore how to ‘Build Better Data to Support Sustainable Urbanisation in the Commonwealth’. The series is held on 5 - 7 July 2021 in...

    5–7 July 2021

  • Project

    Characterising informal settlements in Lusaka

    This project supports better planning for urban expansion and public service delivery in Zambia through satellite imagery-based analysis of informal settlements. Its outcomes will fill critical knowledge gaps on the nature of informal settlements in Lusaka. The project is part of IGC Cities that Work's broader collaboration with policymakers and development partners in...

    1 Jun 2021 | Dennis Chiwele, Patrick Lamson-Hall, Shahrukh Wani

  • News Item

    Using artificial intelligence to map African cities to improve services and infrastructure at low cost

    Technology used to map Lusaka, Zambia is replicable in other African cities to upgrade informal settlements and achieve sustainable urban expansion. Leading organisations Ordnance Survey (OS), the International Growth Centre (IGC) and the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA) are responding to the challenges associated with urban growth, and the availability of...

    26 May 2021

  • Project

    Mapping informal settlements in Lusaka

    The IGC has been working with UN-Habitat to support the Zambia Ministry of Local Government. This has demonstrated, as re-emphasised by the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for a better understanding of the city’s informal settlements. A collaboration with Ordnance Survey (OS) and the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA) has set out to respond to the issue of...

    26 May 2021 | Mark Tabor

  • Blog post

    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

  • Event

    Cities that work strategic capacity development for global future cities

    As part of the Global Future Cities Programme, in collaboration with the UK Built Environment Advisory Group (UKBEAG), Cities that Work initiative are co-delivering three capacity building sessions to 19 middle income cities. The recordings of these sessions, their relevant materials as well as other sessions relevant to emerging city policymakers a will be available...

    21 January 2021

  • 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

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGsVq7B0IWA 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...

    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