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Smart City. Just City – Tools for Justice

The Jardim Gramacho favela in Rio de Janeiro (Photo credit: Camila Jordan) justice, noun – the quality of being equitable, of moral righteousness, to uphold the justice of a cause  smart, adjective – having or showing quick intelligence or ready mental capability tool, noun – an instrument of manual operation Last summer I attended an […]

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Land and Property Markets: Changing Perceptions in Nigeria

This is the first of a two-part series written by Bill Endsley, an IHC Global Consultant and Principal of World Citizen Consulting. His guest posts reflect his personal life experience advocating for open property markets worldwide. You can read Part 2 here. Around the Lagos Lagoon are both Makoko, a world famous floating slum on […]

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Smart City. Just City – Not just about the tech. The importance of community engagement in smart cities development

Introduction Last week, the Smart Cities Council announced that Baltimore was among ten finalist cities in its 2019 North American Smart Cities Readiness Challenge. This month Smart Cities Council will narrow the list to five winners who will receive a ‘year-long Readiness Program to help turn their smart cities visions into at-large projects. In the […]

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An exclusive interview with the Open Government Partnership Local Program

When the Open Government Partnership was founded in 2011 by nine civil society members and eight national government leaders— including former President Obama— to create more responsive, transparent and accountable governments around the world, the unique collaboration between governments and civil society organizations worked solely at the national level. But the world is rapidly becoming […]

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What blockchain will mean for international development

New technologies, and new applications for existing ones, are redefining the international development space, and could have incredible implications for housing and urban development. In particular, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, and other DLTs, (Distributed Ledger Technologies) are posed to present groundbreaking opportunities for global humanitarian and development initiatives. If you don’t know much about these platforms, you’re not […]

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How do we raise awareness around the global housing crisis?

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married last weekend at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, they didn’t simply walk down the aisle- they walked straight into the hearts and minds of millions of people from around the world, whether it was through binoculars, televisions or iPhones. But the talk and tizzy around the wedding […]

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An afternoon with Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif

The sixth-floor board room of The Woodrow Wilson Center was buzzing with impatient chatter. The crowd pulsed with energy, as people edged past each other on the way to and from the buffet table, exchanging business cards and hopes for the upcoming presentation. “Is she here? When is she coming?” someone murmured to their neighbor […]

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