Posts Tagged civil society

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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Affordable Housing’s Distant Dream in Buenos Aires

“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 housing. Quantitative […]

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Thoughts on SOCAP10 from the Urban Investment Perspective, Part 1

 SOCAP10 is long over now, but a week back now, but observations and thoughts are even more appropriate now that the messages and conversations have sunk in and many first round follow-ups are done. Socap is one of the best conferences I’ve ever attended. To put […]

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Iffy Ideas for Developing Country Cities

In recent months, we’ve learned that cities have hit the radar screen of big business with developing economy and emerging market cities making their way almost to center stage to boot. Why? Because most of the building and development that’s going to happen in coming years will be in those […]

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SAATH: New Business Models in Slums

SAATH is an NGO dedicated to creating change in the slums of Ahmedabad. By utilizing market-based strategies, SAATH’s efforts impact the lives of over 100,000 slum dwellers in Ahmedabad, as well as Gujarat and Rajasthan. One of SAATH’s compelling missions is “creating inclusive cities” so we were […]

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Hyderabad’s Green Building Oasis Houses Business Interest in Green for Growth

The Confederation of Indian Industry, India’s most influential trade organization with over 7000 industry members, is working to leverage its reach and influence to promote sustainability, spearheading an industrial green movement in India. CII is also home to the CII Indian Green Building Center and the Indian […]

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UNESCO’s Sustainable Revitalization Work and Old Delhi

SCA’s meeting with Marina Faetanini, Programme Specialist, Social and Human Sciences Sector at United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) India was fortunately timed with the release of their report (with UN-HABITAT) on India – part of a series entitled “Historic Districts for All – A […]

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Putting Local Innovation into Green Cities and Green Schools: Gaurav Shorey at TERI

We found Gaurav Shorey in a crowd of schoolteachers, one after another approaching him to say how much they enjoyed his presentation on green schools. Grinning and gracious, chatting between bites of lunch, Gaurav believes in the connection between youth and environmentalism in India. Gaurav is now […]

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The Energy and Resource Institute’s (TERI) Push for Sustainable Buildings

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) is a homegrown think-tank aggressively pursuing solutions to global challenges and unsustainable patterns in energy and the environment. Their domestic GRIHA certification for green buildings is just one of a range of research and policy initiatives on almost every aspect of […]

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Center for Policy Research: Driving the Urban Sustainability Policy Agenda

Partha Mukhopadhyay, Senior Fellow at the Center for Policy Research in New Delhi, is one of the central figures driving the urban agenda of this long-established, independent and non-partisan research institute and think-tank. While Partha’s research focuses on economic development, urban transportation and sustainability issues, the CPR’s […]

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