Category Archives: Blog

Why Resilience Matters

At the Institute for International Urban Development, resilience is core to our work. But what is “resilience,” really? Where did this term come from? Why is it so frequently discussed? The ubiquity of resilience in development circles has led many to believe it’s a meaningless buzzword, a crutch used to...
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Welcome! – Prasanna Rajasekaran

The staff of I2UD would like to introduce our newest team member, Prasanna Rajasekaran. A rising 5th year at Northeastern University, he has recently joined the I2UD family under the Northeastern Co-op program. Focusing his studies on Economics, International Affairs and Social Entrepreneurship, Prasanna has researched and written about the...
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I2UD in Baghdad – Iraq National Urban Strategy Update

Dr. Mona Serageldin is currently completing a mission to Baghdad at which she delivered a presentation to the Ministry of Planing as well as the UN Iraq country team on development orientations for four of the southern governorates within Iraq. Working closely with counterparts in the Iraqi Ministry of Planning...
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“Camp, Train Station, Border” – I2UD presents at Zagreb Conference on Refugee Crisis

Today, Research Affiliate Maja Horvat presented the findings from an I2UD research project on the Croatian response to the European Refugee Crisis today at the conference “Camp, Train Station, Border: Microstudies of Refugees in Contemporary Croatian Context” in Zagreb, Croatia. This conference is organized by the Center for the Study...
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Local Humanitarian Response for Refugees in Transit in Croatia

I2UD is in Zagreb, Croatia this week, conducting interviews with different local and humanitarian actors as part of a research grant from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) to assess the role of local authorities and communities in managing the transit refugee situation, which began in Croatia on...
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Exploring Financing Mechanisms for Resilient Green Infrastructure in Cali, Colombia

I2UD’s work over the past several years has increasingly focused on identifying and addressing vulnerabilities to climate change in low-income communities and building local capacity to develop and implement adaptation strategies. Budget limitations and a lack of financing mechanisms are a major constraint to implementing adaption strategies at the municipal...
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I2UD in Cairo for Preparation of the Habitat III Regional Report for Arab States

Later this year, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) will gather stakeholders from around the world to identify and address new and emerging challenges in an urbanizing world. Habitat III will be the first United Nations conference since the adoption of the Sustainable Development...
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I2UD and AmazonSmile

We are excited to announce that I2UD has registered with AmazonSmile this holiday season to make supporting the Institute’s mission easier than ever. Thanks to an anonymous donor, who selected the Institute as their preferred charity, we’ve been able receive contributions from eligible orders on Amazon through the Smile program....
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Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation into Land Use Planning in the Dominican Republic

The escalating incidence and severity of climate change related events is increasingly affecting cities and their residents, particularly the urban poor. Rapidly growing cities are often overwhelmed by the process of providing basic services and can neglect the long-term impacts of climate change. Responses tend to be remedial when emergencies...
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Habitat III Boston Youth Consultation | Sunday, November 15, 2015

I2UD is proud to support the upcoming Habitat III Boston Youth Consultation, together with the UN Major Group for Children and Youth and the BU Initiative on Cities. The Consultation is organized by Boston University’s Global Development Community, a platform for student organizations dedicated to issues of sustainability. The Boston...
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