Archive for the Global Category

$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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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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Business of Climate Change Workshop

On Monday June 27th 2011, the Rockefeller Foundation and Intellecap co-hosted a workshop at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York on “The Business of Climate Change”- focused on adaptation and resilience building in developing countries, especially in Asia. While urban centers around the world are now dealing […]

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SOCAP Europe – Getting Out Rulers and Levels: Monitoring and Evaluation & Implications for Urban Investment, Part 3

With writing, research and editorial assistance from Valerie Stahl, Summer 2011 Smart Cities Advisors intern Picking up from the last post, this monitoring and evaluation topic was an example of one of SOCAP’s great hallmarks – the participatory and interactive process of “figuring it out.” The conclusions […]

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SOCAP Europe – Getting Out Rulers and Levels: Monitoring and Evaluation & Implications for Urban Investment, Part 2

With writing, research and editorial assistance from Valerie Stahl, Summer 2011 Smart Cities Advisors intern To pick up at the last blog post on monitoring and evaluation issues addressed during SOCAP Europe, the list of challenges brought up by participants in these panels illustrated the implementation issues […]

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SOCAP Europe – Getting Out Rulers and Levels: Monitoring and Evaluation & Implications for Urban Investment, Part 1

With writing, research and editorial assistance from Valerie Stahl, Summer 2011 Smart Cities Advisors intern SOCAP Europe did a great job of highlighting the evolving world of metrics, monitoring and evaluation (M&E). At Tuesday’s “Three Bridges to Capital” panel and Wednesday’s European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) workshop, […]

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A Woman’s Place is in the Home – Women in Affordable Housing Markets

With writing, research and editorial assistance from Valerie Stahl, Summer 2011 Smart Cities Advisors intern At SOCAP Europe this past week, I had the pleasure to talk to Jackie Vanderbrug of Criterion Venture’s Women Effect Investments initiative about how monitoring and evaluation efforts need to integrate gender […]

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Challenges of Heritage Conservation in the Developing World and Urban Impact Investment (Part 1)

As the new and rapidly growing urban areas of the developing world reach to build dynamic, competitive cities, promoting heritage conservation is a central issue – not just for foreign tourism, as is often thought – but also for promoting livelihoods, economic development, cultural identity and urban […]

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McKinsey on Developing World Cities Highlights the Urban Investment Gap

McKinsey’s latest on cities, Urban World: Mapping the Power of Cities, is a must-read for anyone interested in the potential for urban impact investment in the developing world. The massive shift highlighted in this document is not in the urban reality of our world, but rather how […]

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