Blogs Label: Member Interview

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.

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.

Finding the Right Balance Between Smart and Sustainable Development

Member Interview Author: Farraz Theda, Jenty Kirsch-Wood

This month, ACCCRN discuss why it is important to integrate climate change and disaster risk reduction into city planning with Jenty Kirsch-Wood, a Senior Technical Advisor Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Vietnam. "The problem is that, whereas most cities have mentioned the terms climate change adaptation and mitigation somewhere, the challenge is to translate it into action." she opened the conversation.

Shifting to the New Approaches in Building Climate Resilience

Member Interview Author: Farraz Theda

This month, Jorge Carrillo Rodriguez an independent researcher and former member of United Nations who has more than 30 years of experience in social development and poverty reduction shared his view about the potential for new governance arrangements for effective urban climate change resilience.

The Urgency to Unearth Creative Ways to Finance Resilience

Member Interview Author: Farraz Theda

A report released by the World Bank in 2016 stated that, each year, urban areas are growing by an average of more than 75 million people – which is a number greater than the population of the world’s 85 smallest countries combined. However, cities and urban dwellers have received too little attention in discussions about climate change impacts and adaptation, especially in relation to financing. It is apparent that the current levels of international funding are insufficient to meet current and future adaptation needs.