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  • 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 clean...

    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 fastgrowing 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

  • Publication - Policy paper

    Urban land use planning for economic growth

    Land use planning plays a crucial role in improving the productivity, livability, and sustainability of developing cities. Drawing on successful reforms from developed and developing countries, this paper explores the trade-offs associated with designing and enforcing land use plans and regulations in the context of rapid and often informal urban development

    5 Oct 2020 | Paul Collier, Edward Glaeser, Tony Venables, Priya Manwaring

  • Event

    How to manage urban density post-COVID-19?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LI6bZpYZL8&ab_channel=InternationalGrowthCentre The COVID-19 pandemic has brought urgency to the need to understand better the dynamics of urban density and examine how cities can overcome the downsides of density to create productive and livable cities through active policy decisions. This is particularly the case in developing countries...

    7 October 2020

  • Blog post

    The gateway to carbon pricing? Air pollution policy

    Buying carbon is too cheap and easy. 'Gateway tax', focussing on air pollution, could be initial step. Outdoor air pollution causes 4 million deaths a year. When it comes to climate policies, of those available, the economist’s preferred tool tends to be the elusive carbon tax’. Despite notable successes, the implementation of carbon...

    21 Aug 2020 | Oliver Harman, Ondine Berland

  • Blog post

    Property taxes in a pandemic world

    While increasing demands are being placed on cities to address the current crisis and plan for resilience in the future, key sources of city government revenues are drying up. Taxes based on the value of land and/or property offer extraordinary potential for cities in financing urban recovery, but crucial to this is raising tax morale through visible investments in...

    13 Aug 2020 | Astrid Haas, Priya Manwaring, Jennifer Musisi

  • Blog post

    Impact of COVID-19 on public transport

    Public transport has been hit hard by COVID-19. With ridership significantly down, operators in developing cities will have to face difficult questions for their future viability. The appropriate response must plan for contingencies, but never forget the value of shared transit in the process of economic development. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, cities across...

    6 Aug 2020 | Julia Bird, Sebastian Kriticos, Nick Tsivanidis

  • Blog post

    Rethinking regulations: Informal settlements in the time of COVID-19

    Informal settlements, given their high densities and lacking water and sanitation infrastructure, are potential hotspots for the spread of pandemics like COVID-19. To remedy this, upgrading informal settlements will be essential. However, for long term resilience, we need to tackle the regulatory challenges that keep formal housing prices unattainable for the urban...

    30 Jul 2020 | Astrid Haas, Victoria Delbridge