Cities

For Cities to Make Progress on SDGs and the New Urban Agenda, They Must Listen to Grassroots’ Solutions

For Cities to Make Progress on SDGs and the New Urban Agenda, They Must Listen to Grassroots’ Solutions

Wed Jul 10, 2019

By Jenna Harvey

Through a series of ambitious global commitments in recent years, governments across the world have signed on to build a more equitable and sustainable urban future.

In Colombia, a Global Model for Inclusive Recycling is under Threat

In Colombia, a Global Model for Inclusive Recycling is under Threat

Mon Jun 24, 2019
Occupational Groups: Waste Pickers
Topics: Cities

By Federico Parra

Without waste pickers, cities across Africa, Asia and Latin America would be buried in their own garbage. Informal recyclers have proven essential to keeping cities clean, but they’ve struggled to gain recognition by municipalities that often disregard their labour and the importance of their work.

That is why the achievements of waste pickers in Bogotá, led by the Association of Waste Pickers of Bogotá (ARB), have been so globally pioneering.

In Lima, modernization makes work harder for some

In Lima, modernization makes work harder for some

Tue Nov 6, 2018

By Leslie Vryenhoek with field notes from Avi Majithia, Pauline Conley, Sarah Reed, Megan MacLeod and Olga Abizaid

Modernization in cities is meant to ease the commute for workers and offer convenience, to make lives easier. But too often, it’s the poorest urban workers who pay the price for change.

En Colombia, amenazado el reciclaje inclusivo de referencia mundial

En Colombia, amenazado el reciclaje inclusivo de referencia mundial

Mon Jun 24, 2019
Occupational Groups: Waste Pickers
Topics: Cities

Por Federico Parra

Sin los recicladores y recicladoras, las ciudades de África, Asia y América Latina estarían enterradas en su propia basura. Las y los recicladores en la economía informal han demostrado ser esenciales para mantener las ciudades limpias, pero tienen que luchar para obtener el reconocimiento de los municipios que a menudo ignoran su labor y la importancia de su trabajo.

Es por eso que los logros de los recicladores en Bogotá, liderados por la Asociación de Recicladores de Bogotá (ARB), han sido pioneros a nivel mundial.

New Project Explores How Waste Pickers Can Help Solve the Ocean Plastics Waste Crisis

New Project Explores How Waste Pickers Can Help Solve the Ocean Plastics Waste Crisis

Thu Feb 28, 2019

A Q&A with Taylor Cass Talbott

It’s hard to miss the shocking images of heaping plastic floating in the middle of the world’s oceans on the covers of magazines and on the evening news. The photos and reports have raised alarm bells with both citizens and policymakers alike. The ocean plastic waste issue is one of the most significant crises of our times — and one we believe waste pickers can play a significant role in solving.

Ciudades más inclusivas en 2019: tres pasos fundamentales

Ciudades más inclusivas en 2019: tres pasos fundamentales

Thu Jan 31, 2019
Topics: Cities

A medida que crecen las desigualdades en muchos lugares del mundo, aumentan los desafíos para generar ciudades más inclusivas.

Three Ways to Make Cities More Inclusive in 2019

Three Ways to Make Cities More Inclusive in 2019

Tue Jan 8, 2019
Topics: Cities

By Carlin Carr

As global inequality rises in many places around the world, creating more inclusive cities comes with increasing challenges.

How Cities Can Achieve Public Space for All

How Cities Can Achieve Public Space for All

Thu Nov 22, 2018

By Jenna Harvey

Public space provides a window into the soul of a city. It is where collective urban life plays out — cycling to work, playing in a park, enjoying hot food from a street corner, performing music for a tip, coming together in celebration or resistance. This diversity of activity can make public spaces rich, but it can also make managing public space difficult.

This diversity of activity can make public spaces rich, but it can also make managing public space difficult.

En Lima, la modernización dificulta el trabajo diario de algunas personas

En Lima, la modernización dificulta el trabajo diario de algunas personas

Tue Nov 6, 2018

La modernización en las ciudades sirve para facilitar el desplazamiento de los trabajadores y aportar comodidades, para hacer la vida más fácil. Sin embargo, muy a menudo, son las trabajadoras y trabajadores urbanos pobres los que pagan el precio de estos cambios.

Por Leslie Vryenhoek con notas de campo de Avi Majithia, Pauline Conley, Sarah Reed, Megan MacLeod y Olga Abizaid

Q&A: WIEGO’s New Urban Policies Director Talks Migration, 21st-century Cities and What Inspires Her Research

Q&A: WIEGO’s New Urban Policies Director Talks Migration, 21st-century Cities and What Inspires Her Research

Fri Oct 5, 2018
Occupational Groups: Street Vendors
Topics: Cities

Caroline Wanjiku Kihato

This week, we sit down with WIEGO’s new Urban Policies Programme Director, Caroline Wanjiku Kihato, to learn more about her background and research interests, as well as where she sees opportunities to better involve informal workers in the future of cities.

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