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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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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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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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Abandoned: Art in a Failing Mumbai Affordable Housing Development

As new affordable housing solutions remain a hot topic of discussion in India, architectural photographer Deepshikha Jain is instead focusing on an already existing semi-vacant housing project in New Mumbai through an artist’s lens. Take a closer look at her work and the details of her recent […]

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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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Initial Public Offering for India’s Experimental New Urbanism Settlement

It’s fascinating to see that India’s Lavasa project is planning to raise up to 20 billion rupees (or $425 million) in equity on the Indian stock market in an initial public offering (India’s Lavasa to file papers for $425 mln IPO – Reuters) out of a total […]

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Amplifying Innovation in Our Cities Ourselves: A Review on Two Urban Exhibits in NYC

In cities everywhere, our own New York City included, communities are developing a myriad of ways to live together resourcefully and comfortably. These innovative mindsets in sustainable urban living are undoubtedly necessary to ensure the recovery and continuation of human society on Earth; as William Gibson said, “The future is here. […]

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IFC Diving Into Affordable Housing Development in India

From a couple of days ago, the IFC in Discussion with Real Estate Developers to Create Large Affordable Housing Projects in the Hindu Business Line highlights the growing interest among development finance institutions in mainstreaming low cost housing into investment projects. IFC has already financed work by […]

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