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  • Blog post

    Inclusive growth for cities: Fuzzy, functional or forsaken?

    The challenge: Inequality in cities Inequality is one of the pressing issues of our time. China’s growth has reduced inequality globally, yet within countries, disparities have tended to increase. This increase in inequality has been most present in cities. Urban areas can be the most unequal: the benefits of scale and specialisation often failing to find their way...

    30 Oct 2019 | Oliver Harman, Neil Lee

  • Publication - Project Report

    Considerations for land value capture reform in the Greater Amman Municipality

    This report discusses several policy options for improving the calculation and collection of specific land value capture instruments. Namely: Land Value Increment Taxes; Betterment Levies; Development Impact Fees and Exactions. The report focuses on the city of Amman, however, several of the policy challenges and solutions that emerge are common to many developing...

    28 Oct 2019 | Astrid Haas, Sebastian Kriticos

  • Publication - Case study

    The BRT and the danfo: A case study of Lagos’ transport reforms from 1999-2019

    Over the last 20 years, Lagos has had to make large-scale investments in transport infrastructure to keep up with its growing population. Most notably, in 2008, Lagos opened the first ever Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system on the African continent. Today, the system boasts two different lines which cover over 35.5 km of track and transport over 350,000 commuters on a daily...

    28 Oct 2019 | Biodun Otunola, Sebastian Kriticos, Oliver Harman

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    The importance of bus rapid transit systems (BRTs) for cities

    Astrid Haas, Senior Country Economist and Manager of the Cities that Work Initiative, shares her thoughts on the most game-changing research of the past decade and discusses the importance of bus rapid transit systems for cities.

    28 Oct 2019

  • Publication - Policy paper

    Can Africa learn from the Chinese urbanisation story?

    This paper provides a framework to understand the similarities and differences between Africa’s current urbanisation pathway and the path China has taken over the last 30 years. A major difference is that Africa’s urbanisation to date has not been associated with anywhere near the same gains in productivity and poverty reduction that have been seen in China. Instead,...

    28 Oct 2019 | Stefan Dercon, Astrid Haas, Sebastian Kriticos, Nicolas Lippolis

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    How Punjab can develop integrated cities with improved revenues and urban service delivery

    David Savage, Programme Manager of Cities Support Programme at the National Treasury of South Africa, discusses how Punjab can develop integrated cities with improved revenues and urban service delivery to unleash growth.

    25 Oct 2019

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Best practices for property tax enforcement

    Astrid Haas, Senior Country Economist and Head of the Cities that Work Initiative, discusses best practices of property tax enforcement and what Punjab can learn from other countries' experience.

    25 Oct 2019

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Highlights from the IGC-CDPR Cities that Work workshop

    The Government of Punjab has been working with the IGC on issues of property tax, local governments and urban service delivery and following the introduction of a new local government structure in Punjab, it is keen to learn how cross-country learnings may apply to the Pakistani context for setting the right revenue policy and administrative structures. Responding to...

    25 Oct 2019

  • Event

    Paths to urbanisation: Comparing the stories of Chinese and African cities

    China has generated some of the most impressive urbanisation stories the world has ever seen. Since the early 1980s, more than 300 million rural migrants have moved to Chinese cities, as opportunities in urban areas have driven economic modernisation that has lifted more than 680 million people out of poverty.  Some of the urbanisation challenges China faced nearly 40...

    29 October 2019