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SCA Urban Investment Theme #1: Are Smart Cities Smart Investments?

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In coming weeks, our blog will be looking at Smart Cities Advisors’ 2014 urban investment themes in emerging and developing markets. SCA is all about urban impact investment and social enterprise in developing countries – still an early concept, still developing, but urgent, inevitable and promising. Our 2014 […]

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SCA Blog Relaunch and 2014 New Activities

After almost two years’ hiatus, I am pleased to be relaunching the Smart Cities Advisors blog. In the past year, I accepted a role at Bloomberg LP managing strategy for the company’s sustainable finance activities, mostly in product management but also advancing philanthropic goals. Meanwhile, wearing my […]

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$300 House – What A Few Hundred Doesn’t Buy

The exciting dialogue about design-and-technology kit houses like the $300 house competition and Tata Steel’s $700 house (launching by end-year) suggests new social enterprise solutions to developing world cities’ housing crunch. To make these ideas more viable we outline some of the issues that need to be […]

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Affordable Housing’s Distant Dream in Buenos Aires

This article “Affordable Housing – A Distant Dream”  highlights Buenos Aires as another unfortunate example of one of the world’s great cities – in a middle income country, not one of the poorest – being unable to house its working and informal sector citizens in decent quality […]

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JESSICA’s Vision for Smart Cities: Investment Funds for a Sustainable Urban Future (Part 1)

With research and writing assistance from Ben Falber, Smart Cities Advisors fellow in Summer and Fall 2011 Our previous blog post on urban impact investment funds, Impact Investment Funds for Cities: Insight from the EU’s JESSICA program, looked at the EU’s evolving JESSICA initiative as a promising […]

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Impact Investment Funds for Cities: Insight from the EU’s JESSICA program

Sustainable cities have become a high profile global issue, no longer a luxury of the developed world and increasingly a source of urgency in the developing world. My fellowship at Smart Cities Advisors has illustrated how dialogue, policy and capital often don’t connect. Even so, it’s clear […]

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Designers Give A Damn But Does The Money? Yes!

Architecture for Humanity has now posted sign-like-you-give-a-damn-live”>updates and media files from Design Like You Give A Damn: Live! DLYGAD Live unites designers, architects, planners, community based NGOs, public sector practitioners and a few investors to reflect on smart, responsive, inclusive design in marginalized communities. In this alone, it achieves what few […]

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Inclusive and Urban – Design With The Other 90%: Cities

Innovative responses to the complex challenge of urban poverty, Design With the Other 90%: Cities, are on exhibition in at the United Nations Headquarters lobby. By merely choosing to exhibit “concrete” improvements in the livelihoods of the world’s poor, The Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum exhibit breathes […]

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Iqbal Quadir Got Me Thinking… How Can a House Be a Cow?

Two nights ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Microfinance Club of New York’s panel with Iqbal Quadir, Founder and Director of the MIT Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship, Firas Ahmad, Director of Emergence Bioenergy, moderator Duncan Goldie Scot, Director of Musoni and Mission Markets, […]

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“Building” on SOCAP 11: New Faces, Shared Spaces in Urban Investing (Part 2)

One of the wonderful things about SOCAP is that entrepreneurs, investors, companies, NGOs, researchers and students from diverse universes can come together to share ideas, solve problems and co-create. For me, it meant connecting with folks not just in housing and urban investment but also in parallel, […]

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