Showing all Blog Posts, Publications in Cities That Work

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Enhancing property tax compliance in Mandalay

    This brief discusses several policy options that could improve tax compliance and tax administration in Mandalay – helping the city to escape its low-tax and underfunded services trap. Increasing the perceived benefits of paying tax – by communicating the link between tax and infrastructure – would likely encourage compliance, so long as the government can...

    29 Mar 2019 | Michael Blake, Sebastian Kriticos

  • Publication - Case study

    A quick, cost-effective approach to land tenure regularisation: the case of Rwanda

    Secure, legally enforceable and marketable land rights are critical for cities in developing countries to be able to ensure that urban land is allocated to its most productive use. However, often these cities grapple with multiple overlapping as well as informal tenure systems that ultimately hinder sufficient public and private investment from taking place. The challenge,...

    13 Mar 2019 | Thierry Hoza Ngoga

  • Publication - Policy paper, Synthesis paper

    Policy options for informal settlements

    Across the developing world, the pace of urbanisation has outstripped the ability of governments to faciliate decent, affordable housing, resulting in unplanned and often illegal settlements. This paper brings together economic research and cross-country experience to inform trade-offs policymakers face, both in addressing existing informal settlements, and in preventing...

    12 Mar 2019 | Paul Collier, Edward Glaeser, Tony Venables, Michael Blake, Priya Manwaring

  • Publication - Policy paper

    Strategies for effective procurement and public-private partnerships in the transport sector

    Around the world, investments in transport infrastructure have risen to the top of the urban policy agenda. Effective urban mobility provides the foundation for economic prosperity, environmental sustainability, and social inclusion. It is now widely understood that after decades of underinvestment, there is a vast need for cities globally to upgrade and expand...

    6 Feb 2019 | Matti Siemiatycki

  • Publication - Policy paper

    Data-oriented urban transport reform in middle-income and developing cities

    The paper highlights the key success factors determining the efficiency of data management interventions, and the benefits that the successful implementation of such policies could deliver for local communities and their surrounding economies. Key success factors include (1) a healthy balance of investments in data technology and human knowledge; (2)...

    6 Feb 2019 | Dan Graham, Daniel Hörcher, Jose Manuel Carbo Martinez

  • Publication - Policy paper

    Key considerations for integrated multi-modal transport planning

    This paper will start by outlining the limits of city transport policies and planning focused on road and car based infrastructure. It will then outline the main components of integrated multi modal transport plans. This type of planning is increasingly being adopted and to understand why, this paper will outline the potential benefits of such plans if they are...

    1 Feb 2019 | Astrid Haas

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Informal settlements and housing markets

    Across the developing world, over one billion people live in informal settlements, and this number is set to double in the next 15 years. This brief explores options for policymakers both to address existing informal settlements, and to ensure that future urban growth provides affordable formal housing for its residents.

    18 Jan 2019 | Paul Collier, Edward Glaeser, Tony Venables, Michael Blake, Priya Manwaring

  • Publication - Policy paper

    How can cities become more resilient? Improving flood management through better governance, private sector partnerships and open data

    The health of the world economy is increasingly dependent on well-functioning cities. However, climatic changes and new population patterns are making them increasingly vulnerable to shocks (e.g. flooding) and stressors (e.g. sea-level rise). Robust and timely policy actions, such as finding creative new ways to incentivise cross-institutional cooperation, are...

    18 Jan 2019 | Ammar A Malik

  • 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