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  • 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

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Ongoing transport reforms in the city of Lagos

    Biodun Otunola (CEO, Planet Project Ltd) talks about ongoing transport reforms in Lagos including traffic management and the Bus Reform Project.

    6 Aug 2018

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    The role of dedicated authorities in transport reform

    Biodun Otunola (CEO, Planet Project Ltd) describes the importance of political support and dedicated project teams in implementing transport reforms, using Lagos as a case study.

    6 Aug 2018

  • Event

    5th Urbanization and Poverty Reduction Research Conference

    Across the developing world, the growth of cities is outpacing effective policy. Low density land use results in rapidly expanding cities, raising the costs of infrastructure and service provision and limiting liveability and productivity. At the same time, limited investments in transport infrastructure such as roads limits the connectivity between individuals and...

    7 September 2018

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Implementing integrated transport reform in Lagos

    Biodun Otunola (CEO, Planet Project Ltd) provides a case study of implementing transport reforms in Lagos, Nigeria.

    1 Aug 2018

  • 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 - Working Paper

    Infrastructure investments and public transport use: Evidence from Lahore, Pakistan

    15 Jun 2018 | Hadia Majid, Ammar A Malik, Katherine Vyborny