“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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Collaborative and digital tools to drive the ecological transition

July 7, 2016

Can public authorities use collaborative economy and digital tools to support their sustainable development policies and to enhance their public services? This was the main focus of IDDRI’s conference of June 23, 2016, entitled Sustainable Development 2.0: Can digital technologies fuel the ecological transition?, which brought together participants from different backgrounds to share their experience […]

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Urban crowdsourcing: digital technologies for sustainable cities?

June 10, 2016

Digital crowdsourcing tools enable citizens to contribute to the urban fabric by producing data, opinions and ideas about their city. Consistent with a collaborative approach, they help to obtain better solutions and to get citizens involved in public life. Can these tools be used to develop and implement a sustainable city project? Under which conditions?

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