Urban Development Media Scan – 29 March 2018


  1. South Africa: A New Model for Transformational USAID/Water Office Support?
  2. In Guatemala, Participatory Planning Produces Strategic Blueprints for Cities
  3. The Case of Jordan: Empowering Municipalities to Improve Public Service Delivery


  1. The 100 million city: is 21st century urbanization out of control? (3/19/18)
    Source: The Guardian
  2. The urban mine: tapping resources in the world’s waste (3/28/18)
    Source: Mining Technology
  3. Five ways to make parched cities cooler (3/20/18)
    Source: Thomas Reuters Foundation
  4. Land degradation now at a critical level warn experts (3/26/18)
    Source: Ecologist


  1. Africa: Women Bear the Brunt of Africa’s Urban Disasters, Such as the Collapse of Landfills (3/20/18)
    Source: All Africa
  2. Drying East Africa cities bank on mega projects to boost water supply (3/23/18)
    Source: The East African
  3. Rwanda Today Is Home To Third Greenest City In The World (3/27/18)
    Source: Citizen Truth
  4. One of Africa’s most promising cities has a trash problem (3/22/18)
    Source: Quartz
  5. As African cities grow, they should think less about cars and more about pedestrians (3/28/18)
    Source: CityMetric
  6. Building more resilient African food systems, from farm to table (3/23/18)
    Source: Thomas Reuters Foundation


  1. Pressure builds in ‘powderkeg’ Kabul as refugees return home (3/15/18)
    Source: The Guardian
  2. Ghost Towns or Boomtowns? What New Cities Really Become (3/19/18)
    Source: Forbes
  3. Live in a Drainpipe? Five Extreme Ideas to Solve Hong Kong’s Housing Crisis (3/26/18)
    Source: The New York Times
  4. How clean indoor air is becoming China’s latest luxury must-have (3/27/18)
    Source: The Guardian
  5. In the rush to develop, Asia’s cities advised to think green (3/28/18)
    Source: Eco-Business
  6. As Islamabad’s trees disappear, its children lead a green offensive (3/27/18)
    Source: Thomas Reuters Foundation
  7. Graveyard living: inside the ‘cemetery slums’ of Manila (3/21/18)
    Source: The Guardian
  8. The dysfunctional megacity: why Dhaka is bursting at the sewers (3/21/18)
    Source: The Guardian
  9. China’s radical plan to limit the populations of Beijing and Shanghai (3/19/18)
    Source: The Guardian


  1. Addressing spatial inequity in Latin American cities (3/20/18)
    Source: Brookings
  2. Small islands look to cities for climate change ideas (3/7/18)
    Source: Reuters

Middle East

  1. Rising from the rubble: Iraq’s Mosul takes steps to deal with war debris (3/26/18)
    Source: UN Environment


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