Shifting a Mindset: Seeing Waste as a Resource

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to some of the most innovative waste management projects in the world. From transforming wastewater to drinking water; to making roads out of plastic and having plastic as currency, Africa has it all when it comes to seeing waste as an indispensable asset. Although many risks ought to be addressed in managing waste, several African countries have ignited the spark to change the narrative of waste from redundant to resource.

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Reciclaje.pe: Promoting Sustainable and Inclusive Waste Management in Perú. #GlocalAmbassadors

Dessire Velez is the co-founder of Reciclaje.pe, a Peruvian initiative focused on promoting sustainable and inclusive practices of waste management working simultaneously from Germany and Perú. We met her to learn about her initiative and what has brought her to this moment. #GlocalAmbassadors

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Planning the (Un)Sanitary City: A Case of Delhi, India

Planning for Delhi’s sanitation networks is a complex matter. Its systems, development, operation and maintenance involve multiple agencies at all scales. The scope of sanitation has expanded, but emphasis remains on increasing treatment capacity and extending the modern sewerage network. But where do we plan for the sanitary conditions of informal settlements, not connected by this modern network?

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Urban solid waste and circular economy in Latin America

As cities continue to grow and expand across LatAm, it is evident that urban solid waste management efforts fall short. How can Latin American cities decouple their economic growth from the increase of their solid waste generation rates to ramp up their sustainable development efforts? Building up on the region’s advantages and changing the perspective on the way these cities economies work is a clear way of redefining the region’s growth

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C40's view on the pace of transit electrification in Latin America

Mr. Manuel Olivera, current C40’s Regional Director for Latin America sat down with Andrés Melendro Blanco, Latin America Coordinator for the Oxford Urbanists, to discuss C40’s approach and his views on the process towards electrification of transport systems in Latin America. Among others, he emphasizes that if there is not enough demand from cities, the supply of electric articulated buses will remain scarce, therefore the need for cities to take the leadership and move forward.

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Electric buses in Santiago de Chile: Sustainable mobility?

A critical perspective on the introduction of electric buses in Santiago de Chile’s public transport network. A reflection on the need for connecting these policies with long-term sustainability strategies and intersectoral governance arrangements in order to endure on effective sustainable policies. Embedding these efforts in the current power devolution is an opportunity to shape new institutional arrangements which could unlock the effectiveness of electric buses in full. 

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Beyond avoiding the micromobility tragedy

Even though micromobility is a great innovation that can help cities fill the last mile gap, it can lead to a tragedy of the commons scenario. We take a look not only at some successful approaches to regulating this offer, but also at how cities can capitalize on the data created by micromobility operators to better plan their overall mobility.

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Micromobility: Has it come to change the way we move?

Urbanites seem to have found in Micromobility what could be one of the biggest solutions of the century for urban mobility. With an industry breaking sales and growth records, the adoption of micromobility solutions seems to not have a ceiling. While significant advances have occurred in the industry, micromobility is still not an option for the urban poor around the world. It will take active governance and responsive regulation to persuade private companies to align with the UN’s mandate in SDG 11

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Politics of Periphery: A case of informal settlements surrounding Chandigarh, India

Two informal settlements in the periphery of the planned city of Chandigarh, India, remain irregular to the eyes of the State. As the sanitation challenge is addressed by public policy with temporary measures, residents are met with brutal actions of eviction and demolitions. Between tolerated and de-legitimised, residents are targeted as electoral mass, but excluded from the ideal city.

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Informal Work in the Public Space: Adaptation and social resilience in Colombia

Although a vital element of urban life, informal workers in public spaces are often stigmatized and neglected by traditional policies and academy. Despite their vulnerability, they can develop valuable resilience skills and influence spatial dynamics. In order to leverage their innovation potential, our cities should provide a more flexible regulatory framework, transforming the public space in a safe platform that fosters inclusion and healthy competition.

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