Showing all Blog Posts, Publications in Cities That Work

  • Blog post

    Data for decision-making: How spatial data is shaping the African urbanisation story

    Ahead of the 17th Urban Age Conference and the first to be held in Africa, Sebastian Kriticos and Astrid Haas discuss the need for better data to tackle some of Africa’s biggest urbanisation challenges. On a daily basis, city policymakers need to take decisions: where and how to deliver services, what rates to apply to taxes and where to make investments, amongst others....

    26 Nov 2018 | Astrid Haas, Sebastian Kriticos

  • Blog post

    Making room for Africa’s urban billion

    By 2050, more than a billion people will be living in African cities and towns. As more and more of the continent’s population – 60% of whom live in the countryside – move to urban areas, pressures on land can only intensify. How should we make room for this massive urban expansion? How will city structures have to change to accommodate Africa’s urban billion? And...

    22 Nov 2018 | Sebastian Kriticos

  • Blog post

    Land reform, redistribution, and risk: Towards an inclusive South Africa

    At the end of February 2018, a motion was put forward by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), a far-left opposition party, to revisit South Africa’s Constitution and amend it to allow for land expropriation without compensation. This motion was successfully passed, and subsequent public hearings across the country confirmed that there was resounding support from the...

    1 Nov 2018 | Victoria Delbridge

  • Blog post

    From roads to regulation: Realistic transport reform in Greater Kampala

    Across developing cities, transportation is struggling to keep up with rapid population growth. Transport systems that are supposed to connect individuals to jobs, services, and markets have limited reach and low capacity. Land allocated to roads in sub-Saharan African cities, for example, is around a third of that in cities in other parts of the world (Collier and Venables...

    10 Oct 2018 | Priya Manwaring

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Taxing vacant urban land in Kampala

    24 Aug 2018 | Mihaly Kopanyi, Astrid Haas

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Considerations for a tax on urban vacant land in Kampala

    Vacant land constitutes an estimated 8-10% of Kampala’s land. However, this does not take into account abandoned or derelict buildings, space used for parking, or large pieces of land attached to small buildings. These are all types of land that have been categorised as vacant in other countries. Currently, vacant land is not classified as property under the...

    24 Aug 2018 | Mihaly Kopanyi, Astrid Haas

  • Blog post

    The promises and challenges of special economic zones

    On Tuesday 29 May 2018, the Oxford Urbanists and Cities that Work hosted a panel event titled "Can Special Economic Zones (SEZs) Drive Growth in Developing Cities?” to discuss evidence for improved policy. How should we think about Special Economic Zones (SEZs)? What benefits can they bring to developing cities? Where do they fall short? How can...

    27 Jul 2018 | Paul Healy

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Asset and debt management for cities

    This paper argues and provides examples that municipal assets, debts, and liabilities are fundamental elements of any city management program and strategy.  Consistent and comprehensive analysis is a very important task that city leaders should fulfill. Well managed cities show visible positive results, such as balanced and sustainable development, stable and affordable...

    20 Jul 2018 | Maria Freire, Mihaly Kopanyi

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Land rights: Unlocking land for urban development

    This brief outlines the crucial role land rights play in urban development, and explores trade-offs that policymakers face in reforming current tenure systems. It identifies key lessons and best-practices from policy reforms across the developing world.

    5 Jul 2018 | Paul Collier, Edward Glaeser, Tony Venables, Michael Blake, Priya Manwaring

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Options for financing and funding transportation infrastructure

    There is a growing interest in building urban transportation infrastructure across the developing world. Many policymakers are currently drafting ambitious transportation plans that implement new systems and build infrastructure. A key hurdle to the implementation of major transportation projects is funding which often costs billions of dollars and requires...

    5 Jun 2018 | Matti Siemiatycki