Urban Development Media Scan – 9 March 2017

Here are the recent urban development media items:


  1. USAID Urban Champion: Jeffrey Szuchman


  1. How investable is your city? This index promises an answer (3/8/2017)
    Source: Citiscope
  2. Explainer: The challenges of measuring cities’ progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (3/7/2017)
    Source: Citiscope
  3. French urban development expert: ‘In 2050, 3 billion people will live in slums’ (3/6/2017)
    Source: Euractive
  4. We need global data on women’s participation in local government (3/6/2017)
    Source: Citiscope
  5. What is a Smart City? (2/28/2017)
    Source: Devex
  6. How NASA and the UN are using location intelligence to build smart cities in developing countries (2/28/2017)
    Source: Devex
  7. Taking the smart route to inclusive, sustainable and connected cities (2/27/2017)
    Source: Devex
  8. Digital revolution(s) — Cities on the frontline (2/27/2017)
    Source: Devex
  9. How can health services keep pace with the rapid growth of cities? (2/24/2017)
    Source: Guardian
  10. ‘Turn the tide on plastic’ urges UN, as microplastics in the seas now outnumber stars in our galaxy (2/23/2017)
    Source: UN News Centre


  1. Design-led innovation brings city together in solving urban issues (3/6/2017)
    Source: BusinessDay
  2. Africa’s rapid urbanization tops agenda at RICS Africa Summit (2/28/2017)
    Source: eProperty News


  1. Urban population in Kazakhstan to grow to 70 percent by 2030 (3/9/2017)
    Source: Times of Central Asia
  2. Cash transfers in urban crises: do they work for women? (3/8/2017)
    Source: IIED
  3. Can Asia Achieve Zero Emissions Despite Explosive Urban Growth? (3/8/2017)
    Source: BRINK
  4. Drought-Stricken Chinese City Proposes Mega Pipeline to Pump Water From Siberia (3/7/2017)
    Source: Gizmodo
  5. How China’s rush to urbanize has created a slew of ghost towns (3/7/2017)
    Source: South China Morning Post
  6. Phnom Penh’s development offers uncertain future for the urban poor (3/4/2017)
    Source: Channel NewsAsia
  7. New deal to see Mongolian buildings go sustainable (3/2/2017)
    Source: Energy Live News
  8. City of burning lakes: experts fear Bangalore will be uninhabitable by 2025 (3/1/2017)
    Source: Guardian
  9. How Deadly Pollution Became One Of Mongolia’s Biggest Problems (3/2/2017)
    Source: Newsweek
  10. How Malaysia aims to reboot its ‘smartest city’ (3/2/2017)
    Source: Devex
  11. Asia’s Fastest Growing Economies Have the Fastest Growing Slums (3/1/2017)
    Source: Bloomberg
  12. Urbanization can be good for the environment (2/27/2017)
    Source: Eco-Business


  1. Investors pour $25 million into better water and sanitation in Latin America (3/7/2017)
    Source: Humanosphere
  2. Aldeia Maracanã Urban Indigenous Community Reclaims Olympic Parking (3/6/2017)
    Source: RioOnWatch
  3. Eyeing the Office Market in São Paulo and Mexico City (3/3/2017)
    Source: Urban Land Magazine
  4. Public-Private Insurance Partnerships Bolster Latin American/Caribbean Resilience (3/3/2017)
    Source: BRINK
  5. The architecture of fear: how Caracas has adapted to constant threat of violence (3/1/2017)
    Source: Guardian
  6. What makes Medellín the poster-child of sustainable transport? (2/27/2017)
    Source: Devex
  7. How São Paulo is tackling poverty and urban sprawl by bolstering farming (2/24/2017)
    Source: Citiscope

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