Sarah Allen: Why cities should do assessments and hear more from communities

ACCCRN Champion Author: Farraz Theda, Sarah Allen

Sarah Allen completed her MA in Global Governance at the University of Waterloo and is currently working towards her PhD in Geography at York University. She shares with ACCCRN her views on good environmental governance in Vietnam, while examining the relationship between urbanization and urban water security in the cities of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam.


How to Deal with Migration? The Need to Move Away from Abstract Discussion and Towards Concrete Action

Member Interview Author: Farraz Theda

We discussed with Doug Saunders, a journalist who writes the international-affairs column for the Globe and Mail, Canada. His first book, Arrival City (2010) has been published in eight languages and has won numerous honours. With his extensive experiences, he shared his views on the challenges of migration.


Bangladesh Looking Beyond the Horizon

Stories from the field Author: Saleemul Huq

A recent development has been the initiation of several new longer term “horizon plans” under the General Economics Division (GED), Bangladesh. The country continues to improve its planning. The prime minister has asked GED to prepare a 2041 Perspective Plan to mark Bangladesh's 70 years as an independent country.


Towards Climate Resilient Informal Settlements

Takeaways Author: Farraz Theda, Diane Archer

According to the Habitat III – Issue Paper in 2016, Asia is home to half of the urban population of the world, 30% of the urban population resides in slums. Although millions of urban slum dwellers in developing countries experienced significant improvements in their living conditions, there’s still much work to be done. The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) invites us to rethink the assets that informal settlements’ groups possess and how to strengthen them.


Three Ways to Manage Transboundary Action Better

Takeaways Author: Nyoman Prayoga, Denia Syam

Floods in 2017 that affected nearly 40 million people across India, Nepal and Bangladesh were strong reminder that disasters and their impacts are often not contained by any national or other jurisdictional boundaries. This results place strong emphasis on transboundary governance systems. The question is what can we do to manage transboundary action better?


Tea, haircuts and fish bones: Letting the light into Pakistan

Stories from the field Author: Zofeen Ebrahim

For nearly a decade, chronic power shortages have hobbled Pakistan's economy. According to the World Bank, there are 144 million people without electricity or who endure lengthy blackouts. Now, while the government is investing heavily in coal, private investors are exploring renewable energy.


Leading Inclusive Resilience: youth and woman's priorities, practices and innovations

Takeaways Author: Farraz Theda

On 1 February 2018, with Trang Hoang, Regional Climate Change and Resilience Specialist at Plan International and Julisa Tambunan, Director of Mercy Corps’ GirlSPARKS we discussed what kind of vulnerabilities children, youth and woman have, why are they amongst the most at risk, and how to inclusively involve them in our resilience practice. Hear more from our “Leading Inclusive Resilience: youth and women’s priorities, practices and innovations” through this recording.


The Dilemma of Informal Economies: Why Should Cities Take It Seriously?

Member Interview Author: Farraz Theda, Sarah Reed

Did you know that the informal economy continues to grow and accounts for more than 50% of GDP in Asian developing countries? While doing so, most of informal employees in this sector are vulnerable to various forms of exploitation as they often work without written contracts. This month, we unravel the challenges brought by informal sector with Sarah Reed.