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  • Report
    The Inclusive Development Index 2018. New Delhi, India: World Economic Forum, 2018.

    The Inclusive Development Index (IDI) is an annual assessment of 103 countries’ economic performance that measures how countries perform on eleven dimensions of economic progress in addition to GDP. It has 3 pillars; growth and development; inclusion and; intergenerational equity – sustainable...

  • TOD and Gender
    WEDO), World Environmen. Access for All Series: Policies for Inclusive Transit-Oriented Development. World Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), 2018.

    WEDO’s Eleanor Blomstrom, collaborated with The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) to write Access and Gender, the first paper in the ACCESS FOR ALL SERIES:...

  • From Uneven Growth to Inclusive Development : Romania's Path to Shared Prosperity. World Bank Group, 2018.

    Reforms spurred by accession to the European Union (EU) boosted productivity and integrated Romania into the EU economic space. Gross domestic product per capita rose from 30 percent of the EU average in 1995 to 59 percent in 2016. Today, over 70 percent of the country’s exports go to the EU,...

  • Successful Cities, firm, sectors
    Manyika, James, Sree Ramaswamy, Jacques Bughin, Jonathan Woetzel, Michael Birshan, and Zubin Nagpal. Superstars: The dynamics of firms, sectors, and cities leading the global economy. McKinsey & Company, 2018.

    Is there a superstar effect? McKinsey Global Institute research uncovers the dynamics of superstar firms, sectors, and cities in the global economy.

    There is much discussion about “superstar” firms and “superstar effects” in reaction to the rapid growth of very large...

  • All Abilities Children's Park
    Concept Design: “All Abilities” Children Park. Visakhapatnam, India: Greater Visakhapatnam Smart City Corporation Limited (GVSCCL), 2017.

    Vizag Smart City, with an aim to enhance social infrastructure for the ABD area and encourage inclusive development, has pioneered the initiative of creating a special park for “kids with special needs” under Smart City project. The adjoining presentation provides key highlights of its...

  • Governance of Inclusive TOD in Brazil
    Lane, Brittany Giroux. Governance of Inclusive Transit-Oriented-Development in Brazil In Working Paper. Washington, DC: World Resources Institute, 2017.

    Transit-oriented development (TOD)—a planning strategy focused on building compact, mixed-use neighborhoods with access to high-quality public transport and mobility options—is key to sustainable urbanization. However, TOD can be exclusive in its design and implementation, leading to the...

  • Making Disabled Friendly Smart Cities
    Making Disabled Friendly Smart Cities. New Delhi, India: National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People, 2017.

    The document briefly highlights the accessibility components for Built & ICT-based interventions for Making Disabled Friendly Smart Cities. 

    India is home to approximately 7-10% people living with disabilities and an equal number rapidly acquiring disability on account of medical...

  • Gender vulnerability Index
    Plan for every Child, Gender Vulnerability Index Report 1., 2017.

    Plan India In an attempt to develop collective perspectives and generate a normative consensus on the status of girls and women in India, has broken new ground and pioneered a gender vulnerability assessment tool designed to be used by policymakers, development practitioners, academicians,...

  • Youh and city
    MacNeil, Dr. Carole. Youth and The City. Cities Alliance, 2016.

    This report describes the process and results of a learning exchange event held in Johannesburg, South Africa in November 2015, hosted by UN-Habitat (United Nations Human Settlements Programme) and Cities Alliance. It brought together 12 youth -focused projects – six from each organisation – to...

  • Towards a More Equal City: Framing the Challenges and Opportunities
    Beard, Victoria A., Anjali Mahendra, and Michael I. Westphal. Towards a More Equal City: Framing the Challenges and Opportunities. Washington DC: World Resources Institute , 2016.

    Cities are growing differently today than before. As much as 70 percent of people in emerging cities in Asia, Africa and Latin America is under-served. Furthermore, cities face challenges in four areas:

    • Highest rates of urbanization are in sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast...

  • New Urban Agenda2016
    UN Habitat III: New Urban Agenda, Outcome document from Quito. UN Habitat III, 2016.

    This century will see a substantial majority of the world’s population living in urban centres. It is now estimated that 54.5% of people live in urban areas. The Habitat III conference was the first Habitat conference to take place a t a point i n history wher e majority of the world's...

  • Urbanization And Development: Emerging Futures - World Cities Report 2016
    Urbanization And Development: Emerging Futures - World Cities Report 2016. Nairobi, Kenya: United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), 2016.

    The analysis of urban development of the past twenty years presented in this maiden edition of the World Cities Report shows, with compelling evidence, that there are new forms of collaboration and cooperation, planning, governance, finance and learning that can sustain positive change. The...

  • Towards Inclusive Policies and Planning
    Poverty, Inequality and Violence in Indian Cities: Towards Inclusive Policies and Planning In Ahmedabad Policy Brief 8., 2016.

    In Ahmedabad, the larhest city of Gujarat state, the research focuses on two poor localities: Bombay Hotel, an informal commercial siubdivision located on the city's southern periphery and inhabited by Muslims, and the public housing sites at Vatwa on the city's south-eastern periphery used for...

  • Neighbourhood Good Practices
    Compilation of Neighbourhood Good Practices. Cities Alliance, 2016.

    The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development of Chile (MINVU) began The Neighbourhood Recovery Program ¨I love my Neighbourhood¨ in 2006 to develop a comprehensive upgrading strategy for deteriorated urban areas through a participative process with the community and the municipality. The...

  • UNDP urban Strategy
    Sustainable Urbanization Strategy In UNDP's support to sustainable, inclusive and resilient cities in the developing world. New York: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), 2016.

    This Sustainable Urbanization Strategy outlines how UNDP is responding to rapid urbanization in developing countries and its consequences for sustainable development. It outlines how UNDP will support countries and cities, building upon its past and current work on urbanization. The strategy...

  • Tools for Integrated and Participatory Planning
    Urban Planning and Design Labs: Tools for Integrated and Participatory Urban Planning In Quito, Habitat III Version 1.0. Nairobi: United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), 2016.

    UN-Habitat founded its in-house Urban Planning and Design Lab in Nairobi in order to provide assistance to local, regional and national authorities with urban planning and design. The Lab has been a response to a growing demand from cities to UN-Habitat not only to provide tools for their...

  • Inclusive Development in Canada
    Creating Inclusive and Equitable Cities. United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), 2016.

    UNESCO and CCUNESCO also contribute to the implementation of Agenda 2030’s cross-cutting priorities of gender equality, human rights and poverty eradication as prerequisites for sustainable development. UNESCO is the lead agency for the implementation of SDG #4: Quality Education (Education 2030...

  • Inclusive cities
    Mitlin, Diana, and David Satterthwaite. On the Engagement of Excluded Groups in Inclusive Cities: Highlighting Good Practices and Key Challenges in the Global South. The World Bank Group, 2016.

    The term “inclusive cities” is increasingly being used as a “catch-all” phrase to signify intent but with little precision in its use. In this note we use “inclusive cities” to mean cities in which we see a commitment to an inclusive politics with the establishment of institutionalized...

  • Inclusive Cities - Towards Gender Equality, Youth Empowerment and Non-Discrimination
    Inclusive Cities - Towards Gender Equality, Youth Empowerment and Non-Discrimination In The State of Afghan Cities. UN-Habitat, 2015.

    This paper examines the situation in Afghan cities for:

    • women and girls
    • returnees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
    • youth
    • ethnic minorities

    Common to all is their heightened socio-economic marginalisation and vulnerability, exclusion...

  • Innovation Friday: Transforming Cities Through Strategic Planning
    Innovation Friday: Transforming Cities Through Strategic Planning
    Innovation Friday: Transforming Cities Through Strategic Planning

    The India Smart Cities Challenge is a competition for municipal leaders and their partners to promote economic opportunity in India, improve governance, and produce better results for urban residents.

    In this webinar, participating cities hear from Pablo Vaggione, world-renowned urbanist...

  • Inclusive Cities Approach Paper
    Inclusive Cities Approach Paper. Washington DC: The World Bank, 2015.

    This approach paper is prepared as part of the Inclusive Cities Programmatic Approach, a multi-year initiative launched by the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice (GSURR) in October 2013. In line with the World Bank’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared...

  • Executive Summary
    Godschalk, David, and David Rouse. Sustaining Places: Best Practices for Comprehensive Plans. APA Planning Advisory Service , 2015.

    Sustaining Places: Best Practices for Comprehensive Plans is the result of a four-year effort by the American Planning Association (APA) to define the role of comprehensive plans in addressing the sustainability of human settlements. The comprehensive plan, also called the general plan or...

  • The State of Afghan Cities
    The State of Afghan Cities-Vol 1. Vol. 1. UN-Habitat, 2015.

    Afghanistan’s future is urban. The population of Afghan cities is expected to double within the next 15 years and by 2060, one in every two Afghans will be living in cities. In order to manage such a transition and harness it for economic and social development accurate data and information is...

  • Tackling Urban Poverty
    Tackling Urban Poverty In Policy Brief. Bangalore: Indian Institute of Human Settlements, 2015.

    Poverty in India has long been rurally imagined. Programmes, policies, missions and resources have followed suit. There are no urban equivalents, for example, of several national missions in work, health, or electricity, among others. This has, in the past two decades, begun to change as the...

  • Plan for tourism
    Planning for Tourism: Creating a Vibrant Singapore In Urban Systems Studies. Singapore: Centre for Liveable Cities, 2015.

    A common misconception is that tourism policy primarily focuses on promotion and marketing campaigns. While these activities are essential, another important but sometimes overlooked aspect is how creative city planning can support tourism promotion, and consequently, how the needs and goals of...

  • WHO kid's safety strategies
    Ten Strategies for keeping Children Safe on the Road. World Health Organisation (WHO), 2015.

    Ten Strategies for Keeping Children Safe on the Road is a report from the World Health Organization highlighting ten key recommendations for policies to reduce child road traffic injury. FIA Foundation funding enabled production of the report.

  • Skill development and Domestic Help
    Human Resource and Skill requirements in the Domestic Help Sector (2013-17), (2017-22). National Skill Development Corporation, 2015.

    Minister of State launched the Human Resource and Skill Requirement reports across 24 sectors in India which will serve as the baseline for all skill development initiatives being planned across the country. The idea behind the Skill Gap Studies is to understand which sectors are likely to face...

  • Inclusive Development
    Revi, Aromar, Jyothi Koduganti, and Shriya Anand. Cities As Engines of Inclusive Development. Bangalore: Indian Institute of Human Settlements, 2014.

    This paper argues that the recent policy rhetoric towards cities in India has been shaped by their increasing economic importance in national output generation, as well as a series of prominent global reports on the role of cities in driving growth. Policymakers have responded to this, designing...

  • Locating The Debate - Poverty And Vulnerability In Urban India
    Locating The Debate - Poverty And Vulnerability In Urban India. Bangalore: Indian Institute of Human Settlements, 2014.

    How do questions of urban poverty and inequality, fit into these ‘big plans’? What has happened to urban poverty and inequality since economic reforms in 1991 continues to be debated. Officially, head count ratios of people living below the poverty line have declined in both rural and urban...

  • Handbook for Disable friendly housing
    Edelman, Marja. Accessibility of Housing: A Handbook of Inclusive Affordable Housing Solutions for Persons with Disabilities and Older Persons. Nairobi, Kenya: United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), 2014.

    This publication is part of the activities of the Global Network for Sustainable Housing (GNSH) managed by the UN-Habitat Housing Unit. The handbook presents practical solutions to outgrow accessibility barriers for persons with disabilities and older persons in the contexts of slum upgrading,...

  • Gender
    Gender Responsive Urban Economy. UN-HABITAT, 2014.

    Urbanisation has created gender and class-differentiated impacts. UN-Habitat seeks to support city, regional and national authorities to implement improved urban planning policies and strategies that will promote inclusive and equitable economic development; enhance municipal finances; and...

  • SMID guidelines
    Social Mobilisation and Institution Development. New Delhi, India: Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India, 2013.

    The operational guidelines for Social Mobilisation and Institution Development (SM&ID) component of NULM are annexed herewith, which will be followed by all the implementing agencies. These guidelines have also been uploaded on the website of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty...

  • Self Employment_MoHUPA
    Self Employment Programme: Operational Guideline. New Delhi, India: Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India, 2013.

    This component will focus on financial assistance to individuals/groups of urban poor for setting up gainful self-employment ventures/ micro-enterprises, suited to their skills, training, aptitude and local conditions. The component will also support Self Help Groups (SHGs) of urban poor to...

  • Chintan's Assessment Tool for Informal Sector Inclusion in SWM
    Chaturvedi, Bharati, Aman Luthra, and Aiden Short. Chintan’s Assessment Tool for Informal Sector Inclusion (CATISI) in Solid Waste Management In Assessment Tool. New Delhi: Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group, 2013.

    As a result of growing knowledge about the importance and efficiency of the informal sector in India, several policies and rules have been issued for the inclusion of informal sector into waste management programs. These policies recognise the crucial role of the informal sector in solid waste...

  • Guidelines for Innovative Projects
    Operational Guidelines Of NULM for Innovative & Special Projects (I&SP). New Delhi, India: Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India, 2013.

    A project taken up under NULM includes pioneering approaches, innovations to strategies under NULM, or catalysing efforts in geographical areas where these have not been undertaken before. These projects may also include activities not possible to address through the normal course of NULM...

  • NULM: Urban Street Vendors
    Support to Urban Street Vendors (Operational Guidelines): National Urban Livelihoods Mission. Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India, 2013.

    Street vendors constitute an important segment at the bottom of the pyramid of the informal economy in cities. Street vending provides a source of self-employment, and acts as a measure of urban poverty alleviation. Street vending also has a prominent place in the urban supply chain, and...

  • Gender Responsive Urban Basic Services
    Gender Issue Guide: Gender Responsive Urban Basic Services. Nairobi, Kenya: UN-Habitat, 2013.

    Gender refers to cultural interpretation and prescription of roles, identities and values assigned to women, men, girls, and boys. Gender is highly variable across cultures, socially constructed and subject to changes over time. Gender further defines the unequal conditions between women and men...

  • Gender and planning
    Gender Issue Guide: Gender Responsive Urban Basic Services. Nairobi : UN-HABITAT, 2013.

    This issue guide focuses attention on urban basic services in order to illuminate the effects of gender on equality of access and inclusion in the areas of urban energy, urban transport and water and sanitation. This issue guide further seeks to broadly outline the where and how of gender...

  • Housing and Gender
    UN-HABITAT. Housing and Slum Upgrading; Gender issue guide. UN-HABITAT, 2013.

    Access to adequate housing is a fundamental human right and is enshrined in numerous international agreements and conventions. Yet millions of women and men continue to live in towns and cities without security of tenure and with inadequate housing and related services. This guide’s objectives...

  • Urban Basic Services
    Gender Responsive Urban Basic Services. UN-HABITAT, 2013.

    This issue guide focuses attention on urban basic services in order to illuminate the effects of gender on equality of access and inclusion in the areas of urban energy, urban transport and water and sanitation. This issue guide further seeks to broadly outline the where and how of gender...

  • Urban housing shortage
    Report of theTechnical Group on Urban Housing Shortage (2012-17). New Delhi, India: Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India, 2012.

    Addressing the problem of mismatch between suppliers of housing and those needing them and bringing down the housing shortage, if not completely eliminate it, would be the major challenge. It is only when the nature and magnitude of the shortages are known in various income and rental categories...

  • Gender & Urban Planning
    Reeves, Dory, Bonnie Parfitt, and Carol Archer. Gender and Urban Planning: Issues and Trends. Nairobi, Kenya: UN-Habitat, 2012.

    The aim of this report is to raise awareness about the way the planning of urban settlements affects gender equality, and women’s empowerment. A secondary aim is to ensure that urban planners and those involved with planning understand that urban planning has a role to play in assisting women to...

  • Gender Responsive Urban Planning and Design
    Gender Issue Guide: Urban Planning and Design. Nairobi, Kenya: UN-Habitat, 2012.

    Urban planning is part of the larger context of urban governance and management. The local government must recognize the systemic impacts of discrimination. The examining of urban governance with gender and socio-economic dynamics of the city in mind is a critical starting point in the assurance...

  • Gender Responsive Planning
    Gender Responsive Urban Planning and Design., 2012.

    While many cities are hubs of economic growth, employment, and cultural life, urbanization has resulted in pronounced socioeconomic inequalities, exclusion, and segregation. The objective of this gender issue guide on urban planning and design is to:

    • Increase understanding of gender...

  • City Development Strategy
    Frank, Daphne, Sara Hoeflich, Jean-Christophe Adrian, Cecilia Njenga, Soraya Smaoun, and Douglas McCallum. City Development Strategy: A Conceptual Framework In Cities Alliance Discussion Paper - No. 1. Washington, DC: The Cities Alliance, 2011.

    The Cities Alliance has long supported strategic planning activities to improve the efficiency and impact of urban development in support of city-based, consensus-building processes. These processes enable cities, local authorities and stakeholders to define a common vision for their city and...

  • Tenure security and urban social protection in India
    Mahadevia, Darshini. Tenure security and urban social protection in India In CSP Research Report 05. Sussex, UK: Centre for Social Protection (CSP), Institute of Development Studies (IDS), 2011.

    Informal housing in fact presents complex land tenure system. This research categorizes different levels of tenure security and links them with social protection.

  • NULM Mission Document
    National Urban Livelihoods Mission. New Delhi, India: Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India, 2011.

    Urban poverty being multi-dimensional, various vulnerabilities faced by the poor in cities and towns: occupational, residential and social need to be addressed simultaneously in a comprehensive and integrated manner with a targeted focus on the vulnerable groups so that a definitive impact can...

  • Cities for women_Jagori
    O’Leary, Renagh, and Kalpana Viswanath. Building safe and inclusive cities for women: A practical guide. New Delhi, India: Jagori, 2011.

    This guide is a broad introduction to the process of creating safe cities for women and girls. It introduces the key concepts of safe cities work and offers practical tools for how to begin building a safer, more inclusive city. The information in this guide combines knowledge from scholarly...

  • Gender Equality for Smarter Cities
    Wong, Emily. Gender Equality for Smarter Cities: Challenges and Progress. Nairobi, Kenya: United Nations Human settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), 2009.

    Towns and cities are increasingly important places for tackling gender inequalities. This book highlights some of the key gender issues we face in the context of rapid urbanisation in the developing world. It also provides an overview of UN-HABITAT’s work in promoting gender equality in all its...