French National Mobility Conference (Assises de la Mobilité) : IDDRI’s 5 recommendations

September 19, 2017

“The battle I will fight in the years ahead concerns the transport for everyday life.” At the inauguration of the new Paris-Rennes TGV line on July 1, 2017, Emmanuel Macron highlighted the will of the executive to make daily mobility a major priority of his five-year term of office. This announcement is very positive, as there […]

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“The world is not one big slum”: courses of action to support autonomous urbanisation

March 29, 2017

The spectre of the “worst of all possible worlds” or of the “slumification of the planet” described by M. Davis[1] conveys an apocalyptic representation of the future for developing cities. This shortcut is nevertheless dangerous, since it obscures the diverse reality of unplanned urban forms: precarious, unsanitary slums, unauthorised peri-urban settlements, or self-built and serviced […]

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Habitat III: A New Urban Agenda for sustainable development

October 17, 2016

Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, which officially opens today, is one of the first international conferences to follow the historic sustainable development agreements made in 2015. It provides an unmissable opportunity to translate these goals into action plans, at one of the most important level of implementation: cities.

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The return of the bicycle in the digital age

October 11, 2016

In cities, the renaissance of the bicycle, a prime example of a simple technology par excellence, is today encouraging the development and use of a wide variety of digital tools. Many experiments in cities as diverse as London, Lille and San Francisco, are based on the contribution of urban residents through the use of digital […]

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How much does basic service provision really cost?

September 9, 2016

Three case studies coordinated by IDDRI and IRD have analysed the distribution of the costs of water services and revealed unknown determinants: local governance, policy choices, management efficiency and territorial anchorage in particular. Having shed light on these elements, the next step will be to conduct a systemic analysis to ensure the viability and effectiveness […]

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