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  • 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 and in...

    27 October 2021

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Urban agriculture: a productive land-use for cities?

    As urban populations rapidly increase in the developing world, so do the challenges of feeding those who live there. This policy brief explores the ways that city governments can harness the benefits of urban agriculture, without disrupting the core purpose of a city of density and connectivity.

    12 Oct 2021 | Victoria Delbridge, Thierry Hoza Ngoga

  • Event

    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 and other public services and infrastructure demands. Although cities have the potential to be economic hubs of productivity and prosperity, formal jobs in developing cities are scarce, partly due to the lack of...

    28 October 2021

  • Event

    Innovate for cities virtual conference

    The Innovate4Cities 2021 virtual conference is an international gathering at the nexus of cities, climate change science and innovation. This groundbreaking meeting is being co-hosted by UN-Habitat and the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM). The conference brings together over 1,000 city leaders, scientists, researchers, innovators, academics, youth and...

    12–13 October 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

  • Event

    Lusaka’s informal settlements policy roundtable

    IGC Cities that Work and the UN-Habitat host a virtual closed-door policy roundtable focused on understanding and upgrading informal settlements in Lusaka. The roundtable is part of an ongoing partnership between IGC Cities that Work and the UN-Habitat to support policymakers in Zambia on urban policy priorities. Over 40 delegates from 20 organisations and departments...

    8 September 2021

  • 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