Latest news and publications from IIED's Human Settlements Group
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The urban newsletter is produced every two months by IIED's human settlements group. Updates focus on our work on inclusive urbanisation and reducing urban risk.
Dear colleagues,

Here you will find links to our work from the last two months, most of our publications are available to download freely. Print copies of publications will continue to be sent where requested. Feel free to get in touch if you would like to stop or start receiving copies, or with any feedback.

Hannah Bywaters – Human Settlements Group


Briefing first page - Why is water still unaffordable for sub-Saharan Africa's urban poor?

Why is water still unaffordable for sub-Saharan Africa’s urban poor?

Across sub-Saharan Africa, water services for low-income urban communities remain variable and often unaffordable. We report studies in four cities that illustrate how buying sufficient municipal water can cost between 11 per cent and a theoretical 112 per cent of typical household incomes.

Briefing first page - Making cash work for cities and towns affected by humanitarian crises

Making cash work for cities and towns affected by humanitarian crises

Cash transfers can offer value-for-money in humanitarian responses, and cash transfer programming (CTP) has the potential to transform humanitarian architecture. As humanitarian agencies increasingly face emergencies in urban settings, what can CTP contribute and what challenges arise?

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Environment & Urbanization 28.1 From the MDGs to the SDGs and Habitat III

The UN Conference Habitat III to be held in October 2016 is meant to agree on “the new urban agenda” through which the Sustainable Development Goals are to be met. The latest issue of Environment and Urbanization looks critically at whether the much-needed changes in urban policy and practice will be achieved. We held a launch event for this issue earlier this month, read the highlights and summary of the discussions. 

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Urban migration and social exclusion: study from Indore slums and informal settlements

This working paper examines the different forms of exclusion and deprivation experienced by new migrants, temporary/seasonal migrants and older migrants/settlers in Indore.

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Gender needs and roles in building climate resilience in Hue City, Vietnam
by Thi Dieu My Pham and Thi Thu Suu Lam

Building Climate Resilience to Noapara Town: A Coastal Urban Centre of Bangladesh
by Sarder Shafiqul Alam, A. T. M. Jahangir Alam, M. Feisal Rahman, Sowmen Rahman and Niaz Rahman

Building a resilient city for whom? Exploring the gendered processes of adaptation to change: a case study of street vendors in Hanoi
by Nozomi Kawarazuka

Browse and download all of the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) papers

Spotlight on latest book, Cities on a Finite Planet

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Cities on a Finite Planet: Transformative responses to climate change shows how cities can combine high quality living conditions, resilience to climate change, disaster risk reduction and contributions to mitigation/low carbon development. It also covers the current and potential contribution of cities to avoiding dangerous climate change and is the first book with an in-depth coverage of how cities and their governments, citizens and civil society organizations can combine these different agendas, based on careful city-level analyses. Edited by Sheridan Bartlett and David Satterthwaite, published by Routledge.
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Urban Matters

IIED's Urban Matters blog focuses on urban poverty, climate change in cities and rural-urban linkages. It is part of IIED’s hub for research and action to influence policy and practice. Our latest blogs include contributions from our Director Andrew Norton, members of the Human Settlements Group and from a partner working on our urban humanitarian crises project.
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