Category Archives: Blog

Co-PLAN and I2UD kick off the Social Sustainability and Citizen Engagement Project in South Eastern Europe

I2UD’s work in urban and regional planning is underpinned by a commitment to development that is accountable and responsive to the needs of citizens, including the most vulnerable populations. Fostering citizen engagement and establishing two-way dialogue with communities is critical to ensuring the sustainability of urban areas. In South Eastern...
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City Resilience Index Pilot in Arusha, Tanzania

The resiliency of an urban area relies on a complex web of factors – from institutions and processes, to infrastructure and livelihoods – that prepare citizens to survive and thrive through a myriad of shocks and stresses (natural, economic, or otherwise). Defining, understanding, measuring, and building resiliency has become a...
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I2UD and Co-PLAN co-author chapter in new UN-Habitat/FUPOL publication on E-Governance

UN-Habitat, in partnership with the Future Policy Modeling consortium (FUPOL) have released a new publication, E-Governance and Urban Policy Design in Developing Countries. This book illustrates the synergies, contradictions, and potentials that are emerging through the intersection and interplay of urbanisation, information communication technologies, and the increasing role of local...
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I2UD Works to Build Capacity of Local Officials in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

I2UD’s work in Iraq began this past October through UN-Habitat’s Capability Enhancement Program on Durable Shelter Solutions for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Returnees in Baghdad, Iraq. The program aims to build the capacity of Iraqi officials at all levels of government and from various ministries, as well as local...
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I2UD Team Returns from Field Mission in Belize

Last week, a team of I2UD researchers and professionals returned from a ten day field trip to Dangriga, Belize to research alternative strategies to increase the town’s resiliency to the impacts of climate change. Jim Kostaras, Elda Solloso, and Maren Larsen were joined in Belize by Dr. Elizabeth Hamin and...
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I2UD to Work on Upgrading and Employment-Enhancing Program in Cairo, Egypt

In partnership with the Cairo-based Tarek Waly Center and Environmental Quality International, the Institute has begun working on a Needs Assessment and Activity Design Study in four unplanned, informal areas in the Cairo and Giza Governorates of Egypt. The study will identify and propose interventions to be financed by the...
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I2UD Vice President Gives Keynote Lecture at the 2015 City Debates Conference in Beirut

Vice president of I2UD Dr. Mona Serageldin gave a keynote lecture at the 2015 City Debates conference at the American University of Beirut. The conference, entitled “Other Gentrifications: Urban Change Beyond the Core”, took place on March 4-6th. City Debates explored the processes of urban change associated with gentrification within...
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I2UD attends the UN Commission on the Status of Women

Research Associate Barbara Summers represented I2UD this past week at the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The CSW is a functional commission of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. The 59th session of the...
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I2UD Organizes Urban Resilience Forum in Arusha, Tanzania

This past week Vice President Mona Serageldin and Research Associate Barbara Summers traveled to Arusha, Tanzania to work with local authorities and NGOs to organize a community forum focused on building urban resilience. The one and a half day Forum brought together over 130 participants to discuss resilience challenges and...
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