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  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Setting water tariffs right: Considerations and approaches

    Governments must ensure access to water for all citizens as it is a right with far-reaching social, political and economic implications. To facilitate sustainable access to quality water, an appropriate approach to water tariffs needs to be determined that considers various contextual challenges and opportunities. This brief looks at the potential options for...

    15 Jan 2020 | Astrid Haas

  • Project

    Rwanda land tenure Regularisation

    The registration of land rights is one of the key challenges facing policymakers today. Secure, legally enforceable, and marketable land rights allow cities to become a platform of productivity by ensuring that owners have the security to invest and transact land. They also allow governments to plan and tax land for the public good. Theirry Ngoga Hoza - who was closely...

    18 Dec 2019 | Thierry Hoza Ngoga

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    The potential of cities in Pakistan

    Shahrukh Wani, Cities Economist, speaks with Dr. Ali Hasanain, Assistant Professor of Economics at LUMS, on the potential of cities in Pakistan and how increasing their efficiency can boost the economy exponentially for Pakistan@100's first skype podcast. Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and the World Bank Pakistan have partnered on a series of outputs and...

    21 Nov 2019

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Urban mobility: policy decisions for connecting the city

    This brief explores key trade-offs policymakers face in improving systems of urban mobility. Drawing on cross- city experience, it looks at addressing rising demands for private transport, options for formalising existing transport systems, and trade-offs policymakers face in investing in high capacity public transit.

    15 Nov 2019 | Paul Collier, Edward Glaeser, Tony Venables, Priya Manwaring, Michael Blake

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Kabul: Identity, legitimacy and governance

    What roles do cities, with their youthful populations, play in developing a sense of identity and legitimacy in fragile contexts? This panel takes Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan and the fifth fastest-growing city in the world, as a case study to examine how urban contexts and actors can support, or undermine, national stability by providing a dense spatial context...

    4 Nov 2019

  • Publication - Growth Brief

    The prospects for manufacturing-led growth in Africa’s cities

    Many African countries are urbanising rapidly despite limited growth in manufacturing. Although other sectors could spur job creation and development, much like manufacturing, they need active public policy to support urban connectivity and business scale. Although the growth of cities in Africa has been closely linked to rising incomes across the continent, many...

    1 Nov 2019 | Sebastian Kriticos, Vernon Henderson

  • Blog post

    Climate change: won or lost in cities or by cities?

    Extinction Rebellion disrupted London and brought many transport routes to a standstill on Easter Weekend in 2019. A key demand for the direct action group was for the government to declare a climate emergency. This demand has since been met - by the UK parliament, as well as the Argentinian senate, the French parliament and the Canadian House of Commons. In fact,...

    1 Nov 2019 | Oliver Harman

  • Blog post

    Urbanisation and structural transformation in Africa

    Urbanisation is central to Africa’s development, yet the basic facts of the process remain a puzzle to social scientists and policymakers alike. Economists typically explain urbanisation through the combination of two forces: agricultural push and industrial pull. Agricultural gains provide the initial impetus to urbanisation because they allow food requirements to be...

    1 Nov 2019 | Sebastian Kriticos

  • Blog post

    Treedistribution: Combatting environmental inequality in cities

    Inequality is not a recent phenomenon. One root of inequality can be traced back to pre-historic urban civilisations, where grain stores varied in size and the grain-wealthy clustered together in particular locations. But with the increasing importance of inequality across and within countries over time, governments have often first turned their attention to addressing the...

    31 Oct 2019 | Oliver Harman

  • Blog post

    The costs of urban giants in sub-Saharan Africa

    Several African cities have become veritable urban giants. Lagos and Cairo are each home to more than 20 million people, while others like Kinshasa, Luanda, and Dar es Salaam continue to grow at breakneck speed. The way these major cities grow will have tremendous impacts on future development in Africa. Cities can be inherently productive spaces because they bring people...

    30 Oct 2019 | Sebastian Kriticos