Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal
E and U April 2018 cover detail


Current issue: Local funds for local development

Public investment is essential for urban development, especially for extending and improving infrastructure and public services. But there are a billion people living in informal settlements without adequate infrastructure or essential services. From where can the necessary capital be secured?  And how can financial systems be designed to support community- and local government-led urban development? A new and more ambitious finance agenda is needed if no-one is to be left behind.

This issue of /Environment and Urbanization/ therefore calls for development agencies and central governments to assess their financial systems and processes and seek opportunities to strengthen local governments and community organisations as a foundation for achieving global aspirations for sustainable development and poverty eradication.

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Book notes

Adapting urban spaces to a rapidly ageing population is an important task for many countries. It’s particularly urgent in Singapore, where the population aged 65+ is projected to double by 2030, to 25 per cent.

This is a brief but detail-oriented look at the complexity of water and sanitation arrangements in Dhaka’s low-income settlements. These settlements, which are home to over 1/3 of the city’s 16 million residents, have largely missed out on Bangladesh’s improvements in water and sanitation access over the last decade and a half.

Latest blogs

The New Urban Agenda sets ambitious sustainability objectives for cities of all sizes. At the 9th World Urban Forum, IIED worked with local governments on how to deliver against the wide-ranging goals. Alexandra Norodom reflects on the power of inclusive processes.
How can cities in poor countries raise funds for major infrastructure projects? Sarah Colenbrander and Denise Chan look at two success stories and suggest how local governments can build their financial skills and credibility with investors. 
From 'natural disasters' causing large-scale destruction to slow-onset crises such as droughts, through to conflict and persecution, the number of people around the world needing humanitarian assistance is growing – and increasingly, they are found in urban areas.

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