Posts tagged with 'Africa'
Urban Sanitation Is a Climate and Economic Issue Too
Urban Sanitation Is a Climate and Economic Issue Too
Along the Ngong River in Mukuru, one of Nairobi’s slum neighborhoods and home to more than 100,000 people, residents face a dual threat when the rains come. First, the river rises, flooding into streets and houses. Then the water reaches ...
Why Sustainable Cities Need to Tackle Road Safety: Big Ideas Into Action Podcast
Why Sustainable Cities Need to Tackle Road Safety: Big Ideas Into Action Podcast
Can a city where pedestrians, cyclists and children get injured or killed on the roads be a truly sustainable one? Given the rapid urbanization of the world’s population, road safety is a critical development and sustainability issue. This episode of ...
4 Priorities for Climate Action and Social Equity in the COVID-19 Recovery
4 Priorities for Climate Action and Social Equity in the COVID-19 Recovery
The COVID-19 crisis has shown how deep inequalities make society as a whole more vulnerable – providing important lessons for building resilience in an era of climate change. The people most exposed to the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic ...
As the Coronavirus Looms, Can African Cities Become More Walkable and Bikeable?
As the Coronavirus Looms, Can African Cities Become More Walkable and Bikeable?
Cities in Africa are in something of a quandary when it comes to COVID-19. To date, the impact of the disease has been much less than most experts predicted. As of this writing, the continent has had over 890,000 confirmed ...
COVID-19 Stalled New Mobility Startups. Here’s Why They’re Still a Good Investment.
COVID-19 Stalled New Mobility Startups. Here’s Why They’re Still a Good Investment.
As some countries creak open in the wake of COVID-19, businesses and workers rightly fear the rough road ahead. Over the past 10 weeks, 40 million U.S. workers have lost their jobs. Researchers at the University of Chicago estimate that ...
Transforming Transportation 2020 Day 1: Connecting People for Sustainable Growth
Transforming Transportation 2020 Day 1: Connecting People for Sustainable Growth
Transforming Transportation 2020 kicked off today at the World Bank in Washington, DC. A wide range of policymakers, business leaders, development practitioners, experts and advocates raised the challenges faced by countries worldwide in providing sustainable mobility for all. Panels covered ...
Tech Startups Offer New Answers to African Transport Woes. How Can Cities Capitalize?
Tech Startups Offer New Answers to African Transport Woes. How Can Cities Capitalize?
The fundamentals of urban mobility are changing rapidly. Apps like Uber and Lyft are becoming ubiquitous around the world and new modes like electric and shared bicycles and scooters are on the rise. The conversation is increasingly trending toward mobility ...
Our Poor Understanding of Urban Innovation Is Holding Cities Back
Our Poor Understanding of Urban Innovation Is Holding Cities Back
Innovation in cities has alleviated poverty, reduced wasteful resource consumption and achieved incredible economic outcomes. It’s part of the secret sauce that has led to the primacy of cities in today’s world, with urban areas accounting for 67% of global ...
Closing Sub-Saharan Africa’s Electricity Access Gap: Why Cities Must Be Part of the Solution
Closing Sub-Saharan Africa’s Electricity Access Gap: Why Cities Must Be Part of the Solution
There’s both good and bad news from the latest report tracking progress on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7, a global goal to achieve universal access to energy by 2030. The good news: The number of people without electricity access globally has dropped, ...
How Does a Flood-prone City Run Out of Water? Inside Chennai’s “Day Zero” Crisis
How Does a Flood-prone City Run Out of Water? Inside Chennai’s “Day Zero” Crisis
Chennai faced a devastating flood in 2015 that killed hundreds of people and displaced many more. Today, the southern Indian city’s four main reservoirs are virtually dry. This crisis is not only due to lack of water. Lack of proper management is ...
In African Cities, Mapping Paratransit Makes for Smarter Mobility
In African Cities, Mapping Paratransit Makes for Smarter Mobility
Hand-drawn in black marker and spanning an entire wall of Addis Ababa’s Anbessa company headquarters is a map depicting stops, timetables and fares for the city’s 73-year-old public bus system. Peeling icons and stickers tell a history of corrections and ...
Insights from Uganda on Why Solar Street Lights Make Sense
Insights from Uganda on Why Solar Street Lights Make Sense
Street lighting is important. It allows informal vendors and traders to operate for longer hours and improves road and public safety. It also makes streets feel safer and more secure, especially for women. But street lighting is sorely lacking in many of sub-Saharan Africa’s ...
Reclaiming the Streets: Addis Ababa, Other African Cities Launch Car-Free Days
Reclaiming the Streets: Addis Ababa, Other African Cities Launch Car-Free Days
African cities have an imbalance. Around half of the population walks, bicycles or takes public transport to get around, usually under unsafe and difficult conditions. But despite this unusually high level of non-motorized mobility, street space is disproportionately allocated to ...
First-Ever WRI Ross Prize for Cities Awarded to SARSAI
First-Ever WRI Ross Prize for Cities Awarded to SARSAI
The inaugural WRI Ross Prize for Cities, a $250,000 award celebrating and spotlighting urban transformation, was awarded to SARSAI on Wednesday for its incisive, easily replicable and highly impactful approach to creating safer journeys to school for children in Dar es Salaam ...
Urban Transformations: In Durban, Informal Workers Design Marketplaces Instead of Getting Displaced by Them
Urban Transformations: In Durban, Informal Workers Design Marketplaces Instead of Getting Displaced by Them
Warwick Junction is a finalist for the WRI Ross Prize for Cities. Warwick Junction’s maze of stalls, arches and bridges can elicit wonder in any first-time visitor to South Africa’s largest marketplace. The area’s nine distinct markets are wedged between ...
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