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 place in the city between 1990 and the present, as well examining the recent decline and suspension of participatory budgeting in the city of its birth.
Most cities lack the emissions data needed to create climate action plans. National governments are often flush with it. So why aren't they working together?
WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer is interviewed by the World Green Building Council about the ways that green buildings can help the world meet climate targets and promote low-carbon development.
More than 60 percent of workers are members of the informal economy. Instead of ignoring the informal economy, cities should plan for it; doing so will increase sustainability and productivity while protecting some of the world's least-advantaged.
The fourth working paper of WRI’s flagship World Resources Report (WRR), "Towards a More Equal City”, examines different approaches that cities have taken towards the informal self-employed workers and their livelihood activities. After presenting recent data on the size, composition, and contribution of the informal economy, the paper highlights a series of actionable areas for urban change agents to make cities more inclusive and productive.
A debate in Delhi about how to finance the metro rail system offers lessons for the rest of the world. WRI India CEO O.P. Agarwal explains.
For the Commonwealth, green growth has entered Phase Three, recognizing that sustained economic growth can only be achieved by investing in low-carbon and less-polluting models of development. WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer explains.
Far too many city leaders lack the right data to make decisions about urban emissions.
Every day, billions of people breathe dirty air. Join activists on the frontlines of the fight against pollution around the world as they share insights from their local clean-up efforts, innovative solutions to improving air quality and more.
Fifteen of the world's leading transport and technology companies—including, Lyft, Uber, Didi and more—have aligned themselves with the Shared Mobility Principles. They share a vision for urban mobility that puts people first.
Surat, India and Semarang, Indonesia are both coastal cities with small rivers, but the risks they face vary tremendously—from extreme heat to flooding to land subsidence. Here's a visual look.
New mobility services could improve the lives of all urban inhabitants. This first ever global survey finds that applying three types of new mobility services – electric, on-demand minibuses, subsidized shared rides, and trip-planning and ticketing apps – can make public transport more affordable, accessible and sustainable, if integrated properly.
This week's climate conference in Bonn highlights the importance of sub-national actors in meeting global climate goals. But how can we measure success from these new players? The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy offers a new common framework for reporting greenhouse gas emissions from transport, energy, waste and buildings.
According to new analysis, more than 2,500 non-federal actors representing more than half the U.S. economy—including cities, counties, states, businesses and more—have pledged their support for the Paris Agreement goals. If these actors were their own country, they’d be the world’s third-largest economy.
When ride-hailing, car- and bike-sharing and other innovative services are effectively combined with existing public transport options, their potential becomes "truly transformative," according to WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities director Anirudhha Dasgupta.
By focusing incentivizes to encourage cooperation, China was able to capture a strategic market: electric buses. India could do the same for electric bikes.
Cleaner cooking, off-grid generation and efficient buildings are key to sustainable urban development for the world's poorest.
Houston is reeling from Hurricane Harvey, and climate change means coastal cities must plan for more. Director Christina Chan of the Climate Resiliency Practice lays out how everyone can prepare, from recommendations for state and local officials to national policies that Congress could support.
Diagnosed in the U.S., "winner-take-all urbanism" also afflicts cities in the fast-growing global south in noxious ways that demand unique solutions—starting with participatory development that prioritizes improvements where people already live.
Declining costs, political commitment and innovative finance and business models are driving installation.