Cities

Population dynamics in the South: how will cities change?
Opinion

Population dynamics in the South: how will cities change?

If population growth and urban growth are related, the sustainability of tomorrow’s cities will above all depend on urban planning and how cities are linked with the rural world. In this fourth episode of our series “Tomorrow, 9 Billion People,” we explore population dynamics in the South.
Opinion

Green construction vs. the economic crisis after COVID-19

Christiana Hageneder, Anna Zinecker
Development news

Plastic: an environmental challenge made worse by COVID-19

ID4D editorial staff

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Cities: reappraising the value of transitional urban development projects
Opinion

Cities: reappraising the value of transitional urban development projects

For Raphaël Besson of Villes Innovations, the value of transitional urban development projects lies not so much in their direct market impacts as in their externalities. The challenge is to increase the involvement of stakeholders and local residents.
Raphaël Besson
COVID-19 in developing countries: multilateral cooperation is vital
Opinion

COVID-19 in developing countries: multilateral cooperation is vital

Could the COVID-19 crisis erase years of progress within poverty reduction? While G20 members come together, one of the OECD directors, Mario Pezzini, underlines the importance of multilateral cooperation in these times of turmoil.
Mario Pezzini
City and climate, prospects for a new urban model
Opinion

City and climate, prospects for a new urban model

In the transition of our societies towards lifestyles that are more resilient to climate change, one essential factor will be the organization and management of cities and their capacity to access financial resources and invent new sustainable urban models.
Frédéric Audras
Ahmed Aboutaleb: “Restoring the sponge function of Rotterdam”
When real estate financialization filters people out
Interview

When real estate financialization filters people out

According to social sciences researcher Julien Migozzi, the financialization of South Africa’s housing market is entrenching existing inequalities. The public sector and aid organizations have an important role to play in countering these dynamics.
Julien Migozzi
Financialization of Cities: A new challenge for cooperation and development stakeholders
Opinion

Financialization of Cities: A new challenge for cooperation and development stakeholders

Since the 1980s, the financialization of real estate has remodeled urban governance, placing it increasingly in the hands of investors. Cooperation and development stakeholders should take a look at this risky practice.
Bruno Marot
Hybridize the Commons: The example of the Polynesian lagoons
Opinion

Hybridize the Commons: The example of the Polynesian lagoons

Very popular in recent years, the concept of commons might yet be counterproductive if misinterpreted. Explanations with Thierry Paulais (AFD) based on an example of natural resources management from Polynesia. .
Thierry Paulais
A plastic (waste) world
Development news

A plastic (waste) world

Cheap, solid, lightweight: plastic has changed how we consume and live. But, as practical as they may be, 50% of plastic objects are single-use and, in both the North and South, we are never truly rid of plastic waste.
ID4D editorial staff
Urban renewal: Let’s combine elephants and mice!
Opinion

Urban renewal: Let’s combine elephants and mice!

Large-scale urban projects have shown their limits and yet they continue to crystalize a vision of the ideal city. At a time when the challenges mainly lie in improving what already exists, new approaches make cities a Common by putting residents back at the center of their fabric....
Jérémie Daussin-Charpantier, Marie-Alexandra Coste
The fight against pollution and “green” buildings: China’s great leap forward
Interview

The fight against pollution and “green” buildings: China’s great leap forward

China causes over a quarter of global CO2 emissions. Aymeric Novel from the French company Terao, which is specialized in energy efficiency, takes a look at China’s efforts for green buildings to combat pollution.
Aymeric Novel
The limits of the commons: The case of the Pacific
Opinion

The limits of the commons: The case of the Pacific

The management of ocean resources in the Pacific area allows Thierry Paulais to question the limits of the extend of the material common good. He bases his point on the analysis of the common pool resources.
Thierry Paulais
Inequalities in West Africa: urban-rural and North-South divides
Opinion

Inequalities in West Africa: urban-rural and North-South divides

Gilles Yabi, Founder of WATHI, the West Africa Citizen Think Tank, takes stock of the evolution of inequalities in the region. He analyzes the subregion’s North-South divide and advocates for more inclusive growth.
Gilles Yabi
Insecure settlements: 3 billion slum dwellers by 2050
Interview

Insecure settlements: 3 billion slum dwellers by 2050

In the world’s poorest countries, up to 90% of the population live in insecure settlements. The development of slum areas is a direct consequence of poor city planning and a lack of affordable accommodation.
Pierre-Arnaud Barthel
Digital revolution(s): Cities on the front line
Opinion

Digital revolution(s): Cities on the front line

Digital data has become a key resource to build sustainable and smart cities. For AFD’s Gwenael Prie and Pierre-Arnaud Barthel, development actors must step up efforts to integrate this new paradigm.
Gwenael Prié, Pierre-Arnaud Barthel
Sustainable urban development: let’s empower cities to take action!
Opinion

Sustainable urban development: let’s empower cities to take action!

The SDG 11 establishes sustainable urban development as a goal in itself. To take up this challenge, new kinds of international partnerships and a greater local autonomy are necessary.
Philippe Orliange
Informality: A fresh approach for the New Urban Agenda
Opinion

Informality: A fresh approach for the New Urban Agenda

In the coming years, urbanization will mainly take place informally in developing cities. The New Urban Agenda is an opportunity to integrating informality into urban action.
Laure Criqui
Cities: Measure the climate impact of their policies to make them more effective?
Conference synthesis

Cities: Measure the climate impact of their policies to make them more effective?

For these commitments to be followed up by impacts, local authorities need to be able to identify and implement urban public policies which actually limit or reduce emissions. The choice between different options needs to be supported by decision-making tools. Do these long and costly approaches...
ID4D editorial staff
Waste management : “Take account of informal actors”
Interview

Waste management : “Take account of informal actors”

In Southern countries, there is increasing demand for waste collection and management, with a positive impact on climate change. It calls for customized technical and social solutions. An interview with Pascale Guiffant, Sustainable Development Deputy Director for the French group Suez...
Pascale Guiffant
Fight against deforestation in the Sahel with environmentally friendly housing
Interview

Fight against deforestation in the Sahel with environmentally friendly housing

“A roof, a skill, a market”, this is the motto of the “Nubian Vault Association” (AVN) . In the Sahel, this French NGO advocates for sustainable and environmentally friendly housing, without wood, tin or concrete. An interview with Antoine Horellou, one of the main architects of this development...
Antoine Horellou
Africa’s Cities: Scaling Up the Volume of Investment
Publication

Africa’s Cities: Scaling Up the Volume of Investment

The 2009 financial crisis demonstrated how closely local government finances and housing policies are intertwined with the financial systems and the economy as a whole. The ramping up of efforts to combat global warming and the prospects created by the COP 21 preliminary discussions have once...
Thierry Paulais
Let’s give the financial means to cities to achieve the SDGs
Opinion

Let’s give the financial means to cities to achieve the SDGs

Among the 17 SDGs, most of which reflect traditional objectives (access to water, energy, health), N° 11 is worth looking at more closely: “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”. This is an overriding objective in view of the development of cities, but it...
Jérémie Daussin-Charpantier
Climate change adaptation in cities: What conditions for success?
Opinion

Climate change adaptation in cities: What conditions for success?

To protect the residents of cities from the impacts of climate change, elected officials cannot simply implement one-off projects to reduce vulnerabilities (infrastructure for rain drainage, early warning systems…). It is firstly necessary to prepare real adaptation plans and, secondly, to...
Sabrina Archambault
Diversify the sources of financing of African local authorities? It is possible!
Interview

Diversify the sources of financing of African local authorities? It is possible!

The financing needs of local authorities will be particularly considerable in the coming years in view of the galloping urbanization and increasing empowerment of local governments to meet the needs of their populations. Since 2005, public finance management has become a priority for OECD member...
Jérémie Daussin-Charpantier
Promoting housing policies coordinated with the private sector
Opinion

Promoting housing policies coordinated with the private sector

To meet the housing challenge, developing countries need to create new housing production models integrated into a sustainable overall urban policy. They need to collaborate with the private sector and support the entire housing sector in an integrated manner to achieve this. Securing land...
Thierry Paulais, Isadora Bigourdan

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