Focus On: Resilient Infrastructure

Inclusive planning for sustainable infrastructure

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By Naki B. Mendoza

Devex spoke with Andrew Patterson, regional president for Africa for international engineering firm Bechtel, about new models for resilient infrastructure planning on the continent.


DevExplains: A flood of ideas for climate-related disaster resilience

With climate change increasing the severity and frequency of flooding events across the globe, the need for new ideas has never been more urgent. We explore some innovative examples of new solutions and partnerships that help build resilience to flooding.


Inside Nepal's post-quake 'maker space'

Disaster often becomes a catalyst for innovation — a phenomenon Nepal Communitere seeks to harness and support following the country's devastating 2015 earthquake. Devex visited the nonprofit's converted shipping containers in Patan to find out how it's going just over a year since its opening.


Opinion: 3 years after Typhoon Haiyan, why preparedness matters

As we remember the devastating humanitarian impact of Typhoon Haiyan on the Philippines three years ago this week, Razmi Farook, British Red Cross head of Asia region, writes about why building resilience is the way forward for humanitarian organizations .


Opinion: Hurricane Matthew undermines Haiti's development hopes

A month after Hurricane Matthew hit southwestern Haiti, questions remain on how to build resilience in a country so frequently hit by natural disasters. In this guest column, Dr. Luca Alinovi, executive director of the Global Resilience Partnership, discusses the need for bold, new partnerships to turn a crisis into an opportunity for sustained change.


3 years after Typhoon Haiyan, data reveals lessons in funding and rehabilitation

Three years after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, the complex dynamics surrounding the long-term rehabilitation of affected communities prompted us to dig into the available data and assess some of the accomplishments and setbacks.


'Habitat III, what's that?' — the view of businesses in the smart city sector

As the dust settles after Habitat III, how much do the companies bidding to build the world's new cities actually know, or care, about the New Urban Agenda and the guidelines it sets out for urban development?


NGOs in Asia-Pacific pivot toward disaster resilience

In the first half of 2016, the world spent $92 billion responding to natural disasters. With predictions that disasters will continue to increase in frequency and severity, aid groups in the Asia-Pacific region are rethinking their spending and their strategies.


Opinion: Data-driven preparedness for disaster

The enactment of the first meaningful international climate regulation shouldn't hide the alarming situation on the ground and the lack of preparedness among communities to face growing numbers of increasingly intense climate change-related disasters, including flooding, write AFD's Thomas Roca and Cloud To Street's Bessie Schwarz in this guest column.


Land value finance proposed as a way to pay for urban development

Financial products that are underwritten by rising land values can be innovative and useful ways for cities to finance urban development. They are generating a lot of buzz at the Habitat III conference in Quito this week. Devex takes a look at what some of these products are and the constraints to how they can be applied.


What are 'new cities' and why they matter for development

There is growing trend of "new cities" across the developing world and they matter for the New Urban Agenda.


Opinion: How to find a resilient solution to extreme poverty

Given that the poorest are the most vulnerable to shocks, from natural and man-made disasters or conflict, solutions to extreme poverty must include measures that build resilience against disasters.


Clare Short: 'We need to shake ourselves and mean it'

If housing is at the heart of action in urban areas, then it's the residents of informal areas that should play a bigger part in planning for the future of slums. As Habitat III kicks off in Quito this week, Clare Short, chairperson of Cities Alliance and former U.K. secretary of state for international development, talks about how to achieve sustainable urbanization.


Opinion: New weapons for water management

As the impact of climate change is becoming more severe, more and more people are vulnerable to flooding and droughts. Take a look at how technology could help plan for future natural disasters in this guest column by Gareth James Lloyd, senior adviser at the UNEP-DHI partnership, and Oluf Zejlund Jessen, a project manager at DHI.


Cost-effective programs that build resilience

At the earliest stages of a humanitarian crisis, it's important to look ahead at the strategies and tools available to ensure the most effective use of resources and maximize preparedness for the next crisis, IFRC's Hilary Dhliwayo Motsiri shares in this commentary.


Africa's future is in its secondary cities

Governments and donors need to take a long-term, inclusive approach to developing Africa’s cities. Ahead of the Habitat III summit, Greg Foster, Habitat for Humanity's area vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa, discusses impact and solutions, as well as how to re-evaluate where investments are being made.


The New Urban Agenda vs. the urban planner's dilemma

The New Urban Agenda outlines many lofty ideals and aspirations for cities to promote sustainable livelihoods and prosperity. The task of planning for that, however, can be a perplexing dilemma for city workers and officials.


How Kenyan communities embrace flood resilience strategies

How can humanitarian agencies help vulnerable communities strengthen resilience to disasters? Abbas Gullet, secretary-general of the Kenya Red Cross Society, discusses strategies to better work with communities at the grass-roots level and leverage technology in disaster preparedness, in this guest column.


Adrift in a data desert

In agricultural development, there has long been a pull toward physical things — roads, tractors and seeds — as a means of empowering food production and economic growth. But Adam Wolf, founder and CEO of Arable Labs, argues that information is more fundamental to improving agricultural development than further advances in physical technology.


What the New Urban Agenda and the Washington Consensus have in common

Two weeks ahead of the Habitat III, Devex interviewed Joan Clos, executive director of U.N. Habitat and secretary-general of the upcoming summit. He explains his vision of urban planning that creates value and strategies for municipalities to finance their plans.


What's new about the New Urban Agenda?

The "New Urban Agenda" will be the centerpiece of next month's Habitat III summit and the guiding strategy for sustainable urbanization over the next few decades. A final draft was released this week, paving the way for development stakeholder to put framework ideas into action. Devex takes a look at some of its key components.