This case study in the World Resources Report, "Towards a More Equal City," examines transformative urban change in Porto Alegre, Brazil, through the lens of participatory budgeting. The research focuses on whether and how transformative change has taken...
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA (February 11, 2018) — Today, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities opened the application process for the “WRI Ross Prize for Cities,” a global competition to identify and celebrate transformative urban projects. The prize is the vision of business leader and philanthropist Stephen M. Ross. The Ross Prize will award $250,000 to a high-impact project that has yet to achieve the recognition it deserves for changing a city.
Fewer than 3 people per 100,000 are killed in road crashes in Sweden every year, less than almost anywhere else in the world. It's 11 per 100,000 in countries like India and the United States. One reason for the difference is a novel approach called "Safe System."
People in the developing world use “circular economy” principles every day—recycling waste, using less and repairing more. By shifting to a more intentional approach, cities can embrace the possibilities of this alternative economic system.
Cycling is exploding in popularity in Chinese cities, but designing the built infrastructure to channel this enthusiasm remains a significant challenge.
Economic impacts linger long after floodwaters recede, with the world's poorest least able to recover. With the world poised to spend $90 trillion on infrastructure over the next decade and a half, New Climate Economy helps quantify some of the benefits to building back smarter, denser and more resilient.
Cleaner cooking, off-grid generation and efficient buildings are key to sustainable urban development for the world's poorest.
Powering Cities in the Global South: How Energy Access for All Benefits the Economy and the Environment
Millions of residents in some of the fastest growing cities in the world don’t have access to clean, reliable energy, and the challenge of reaching them is not getting easier. In 2012, only 58 percent of the urban population had access to electricity in low-income countries, and nearly 500...
A photo essay from Kibera, a huge Nairobi neighborhood where a new development approach is putting community leadership at the helm.
Affordable housing is a critical need in the cities of the global south. Innovative approaches can help replace slums with healthier environments.