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Lessons from Latin America’s 50 Years of Housing Policy

In a research paper for IHC Global, former Principal Specialist in Urban Development and Housing at the Inter American Development Bank (IDB) and IHC Global Technical Advisor Eduardo Rojas examines 50 years of Latin American housing policy, and applies the lessons learned to rapidly urbanizing countries. The Lessons The first lesson, based on the review […]

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US Foreign Assistance: Change is in the Air

Changes are in the air The new U.S. Presidential Administration has vowed to shake up Washington—with plans to slim down the government and reorganize federal agencies to maximize efficiency, to pursue an ‘America First’ agenda and boost up national security efforts, and to run the government with a business mindset, change is in the air […]

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Three Lessons the Xiongan Project Can Learn from Tianjin

  Urbanization in China has been a phenomenon of unprecedented scale, improving people’s lives but also presenting massive challenges to the country and its people. There are over 100 cities in China with a population exceeding 1 million today, and the number of major urban areas is expected to double by 2025.1 Pollution, affordable housing, […]

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Five things to know about the New Urban Agenda

It has been eight months since the New Urban Agenda was adopted by the United Nations at the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador. Key elements of the NUA and the Sustainable Development Goals are being adopted in countries around the world. Here are a few key things to know about the New Urban Agenda. […]

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Think famine is only a rural issue? Think again.

According to the U.N, the world is facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the organization’s founding in 1945.  For the first time in modern history, four countries are on the brink of famine:  —Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen, and Somalia—threatening 20 million people. The images that often come to mind upon hearing ‘famine’—and indeed, the images […]

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Exclusive interview with the winners of the 2016 Reducing Urban Poverty Paper Competition

  The 2016 winners of the IHC Global sponsored* Reducing Urban Poverty Graduate Student Paper Competition are Valeria Vidal Alvarado, Francis Goyes and Sera Tolgay. The MIT Masters in City Planning students come from three very different backgrounds- 26-year-old Alvarado is from Lima, Peru, 26-year-old Goyes is from Quito, Ecuador, and 25-year-old Tolgay is from Istanbul, Turkey- but […]

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Humans of Habitat III

Two Thursdays ago, Habitat III came to an end after four days of riveting discussions and presentations on the new frontiers for urban sustainability. Throughout the week, while the United Nations deliberated the New Urban Agenda on the conference grounds, the Habitat III Exhibition was taking place up the street, resting on the slope of […]

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