Understanding the informal economy is critical if one wants to better understand the political, economic and social ecosystem around rural and urban interlinkages. Informal workers in developing countries face economic, institutional and social constraints, such as corruption, inefficiency of the production process and barriers, such as red tape and burdensome legislation, preventing them integrating into the formal economy. When the formal labour market cannot provide a livelihood to those wanting to work, the informal sector offers a refuge for workers, even in emerging countries. Instantly eliminating informal economies can worsen socioeconomic disparities. It will disrupt livelihoods of the people, including the most vulnerable groups. Cities will need to effectively engage and integrate informal players into their urban planning and policy interventions.
Formal private housing supply is limited in Bangladesh, forcing low and middle-income families to resort to costly informal arrangements. With current growth patterns, Bangladesh needs at least 8.5 million new houses by 2021, mostly for lower-income groups. Given the country’s commitments to providing housing for all by 2021, how can these demands be met when the situation has been further aggravated by COVID-19?
17 Feb 2020 - The Guangzhou Award serves as a platform for the sharing and exchange of innovative practices in the local implementation of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and New Urban Agenda (NUA). Its objective is to contribute to the creation of inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and human settlements.
17 Feb 2020 - The Tenth World Urban Forum wrapped up in Abu Dhabi with delegates urging action on all aspects of rapid urbanization, recognizing that an increasingly urbanized world is a ‘transformative force’ that can be harnessed and steered to boost sustainable development.
The Dubai International Best Practices Award for Sustainable Development is looking for the most innovative practices around the globe that improve the living environment with $1M worth of prizes to be awarded at the Dubai Expo 2020.
14 Jan 2020 - The expandable house project is part of ongoing research by the Urban-Rural Systems (URS) team at the Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) (a research unit of the ETH Zürich in Singapore). It identifies and builds upon the successes of forms of informal housing, and tries to improve upon their weaknesses.
02 Dec 2019 - In a new report titled “Towards a New System of Community Wealth,” researchers spell out how to move from the top-down, grant-based model for community development to a more localized, entrepreneurial approach.
1 Nov 2019 - The report titled, ‘The Future of Asian and Pacific Cities: Transformative Pathways Towards Sustainable Urban Development,’ describes 15 policy pathways across four priorities to guide future urbanization: urban and territorial planning; urban resilience; smart and inclusive cities; and urban finance.