Posts tagged with 'poverty'
Congestion pricing has the potential to pave the way for more equitable mobility in China's cities. Photo by GuoZhongHua/Shutterstock.
Congestion pricing can make Beijing a more equitable city
China’s capital city of Beijing is already home to 5.4 million cars, the most of any Chinese city. The country’s rising wealth means that this is a trend unlikely to stop. This rapid motorization has led to many city government ...
Technology is allowing city residents to interact with their surroundings in new ways, which can have both the benefit of advancing sustainable development and the drawback of reinforcing social divisions. Photo by Daniel Chavez/Flickr.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder: New mapping algorithm poses problems and promise for cities
Yahoo Labs has recently created a mapping algorithm that helps pedestrians find not the shortest route to their destination, but the most attractive one. This is great for visitors who want to spend every second of their time sightseeing in ...
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) define important priorities for international development over the next 15 years, including the need for safe, sustainable, and inclusive cities. Photo by Justin Swan/Flickr.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals emphasize sustainable cities in latest draft
At the 2012 Rio+20 Summit, the United Nations member states began the ambitious process of defining the social and economic priorities for humanity over the next fifteen years. The open and participatory process and the initial negotiations amongst the world’s ...
The Buriganga River in the Bangladeshi city of Dhaka provides transport for the city---yet reminds Dhaka's residents of the need to build resiliency into the city as water levels rise. Photo by William Veerbeek/Flickr.
Pitfalls and potential: Climate change vulnerability in Dhaka, Bangladesh
According to the United Nations, temperatures are likely to warm anywhere from 3 to 6 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100, and scientists warn that “the world is ill-equipped to deal with the impacts of warming.” To help the lives impacted by ...
Bike ambulances save lives in remote areas. Photo by Transaid.
Bicycles are saving lives in Africa
In the African nation of Uganda, where many areas are difficult to access and have limited resources, bicycles are saving lives. Bicycle ambulances, modified to pull a covered stretcher in back, allow an individual experiencing a medical emergency — and ...
12 Things to Know About Transport in 2012
12 Things to Know About Transport in 2012
This post was originally published on the Asian Development Bank blog by Ko Sakamoto on March 14, 2012. Asia’s rapidly growing economies require significant investments in transport infrastructure and services, plus policies and strategies to promote sustainable transport. Here are ...
MobiPrize: Moving Minds, Moving the Urban Poor
MobiPrize: Moving Minds, Moving the Urban Poor
Healthcare, energy, education, financial services, agriculture, livelihood creation…social enterprises across the world operate in a wide span of sectors. There is a one lesser-talked-about area, however, that is vital to recognize because it affects the delivery of social impact in ...
Meet Vatsala: Portrait of an Auto-Rickshaw User
Meet Vatsala: Portrait of an Auto-Rickshaw User
Vatsala makes a living doing housework. After she wakes up, Vatsala goes to the tap to get water, takes a bath, prays, cooks the day’s meals for her family and heads to work using an auto-rickshaw. She gets two days ...
Eliminating Fuel Subsidies in Nigeria Sparks Protests
Eliminating Fuel Subsidies in Nigeria Sparks Protests
As part of an effort to stabilize the economy and establish fiscal responsibility, the Nigerian government ended a decade long policy that subsidized gasoline imports. The end to fuel subsidies sent the price of gasoline soaring, doubling, and even tripling ...
Apply Now for the Bloomberg Innovation Delivery Fellowship
Apply Now for the Bloomberg Innovation Delivery Fellowship
Bloomberg Philanthropies is investing $24 million over three years to enable five cities—Atlanta, Ga.; Chicago, Ill.; Louisville, Ky.; Memphis, Tenn.; and New Orleans, La.—to recruit and hire top tier talent to staff their teams. As part of this investment, the ...
Sustaining Prosperity Amidst Shifts in Urban Demographics
Sustaining Prosperity Amidst Shifts in Urban Demographics
The demographics of a city are the ultimate determinant in the kinds of services it provides. Services like transportation and affordable housing take shape based on the individuals and families that receive them. As we’ve written about before, a city ...
Q&A with Gary Hustwit: Designing Cities
Q&A with Gary Hustwit: Designing Cities
Urbanized, a film exploring urban design in more than 40 cities, will premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival tomorrow night, Friday, September 9, 2011. Urbanized is the final documentary in Gary Hustwit’s trilogy of design films. Hustwit’s previous films, ...
Urban Development: Leaders Lead, But People Do the Planning
Urban Development: Leaders Lead, But People Do the Planning
The inclusion of all stakeholders in urban planning was a recurring theme yesterday at the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development event, “Sustainable Transport and Infrastructure Policies in Latin America,” organized by the U.N. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean ...
Access for All: Transport for the Disabled Poor
Access for All: Transport for the Disabled Poor
This is part of TheCityFix’s series, “Access for All,” about how we can use sustainable transportation development to ensure increased accessibility for poor city dwellers, particularly in developing countries. Ten to 12 percent of the world’s population lives with a ...
Transport and Inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean
Transport and Inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean
Last week, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) released its first Human Development Report for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The report, “Acting On The Future: Breaking The Intergenerational Cycle Of Inequality” (PDF in Spanish), focuses on policies that ...
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