A vegetable seller peels a cucumber in Koral slum, Dhaka. Getting nutritious food every day is a challenge in large cities due to the high cost of living (Photo: Conor Ashleigh, AusAID, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

Urban poor community voices take to the stage at the World Urban Forum

Leaders from around the world met recently in Abu Dhabi for the 10th World Urban Forum (WUF10) on sustainable urbanisation. IIED’s researchers and partners were at the event to share research and participate in side events throughout the conference.

John Taylor, chief technical adviser for FAO Bangladesh, reported back from WUF10 with stories from the urban poor communities that inspired the international audiences at the event. Read his blog now

Make Change Happen podcast
Make Change Happen podcast episode 3

Seizing opportunities for urban change

IIED’s ‘Make Change Happen’ podcast provides an opportunity to hear our researchers discuss key global development challenges and explain how they are working to support positive change.

The third episode looks at our work on inclusive urban futures. It features David Satterthwaite, who spearheaded IIED’s work on urban poverty. He is joined by senior researcher Anna Walnycki. The recording is hosted by IIED's director of communications, Liz Carlile.

"They [slum/shack dweller federations] can do amazing things: profiles of thousands of informal settlements, hundreds of cities..."

–  David Satterthwaite
This image taken by an electron microscope shows the virus that causes COVID-19. The spikes on the outer edges of the virus particles give coronaviruses their name: crown-like (Photo: NIAID-RML via Flickr, copyright free)
Guest blog by Eric Fèvre and Cecilia Tacoli

Coronavirus threat looms large for low-income cities

Weak infrastructure would leave urban settlements in low-income countries highly vulnerable, should the rapid spread of COVID-19 continue.

Find out more in the recent blog
Refugee shelters in the Dadaab camp in northern Kenya (Photo: Pete Lewis, Department for International Development, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

Responding to protracted displacement in an urban world

IIED is leading a study that will compare the experiences of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in cities and camps in four countries – Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Jordan and Kenya. 

Find out about the new project and its partners now
Traders keen to grow their businesses have few options in the Mukuru slum in Nairobi (Photo: copyright Know Your City TV)
Guest blog by Jack Makau

Cartel or chemist?

In a new guest blog, Jack Makau of SDI Kenya asks: Could tapping into the informal services in Nairobi’s Mukuru slum be the answer to better health, schools and water provision?

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