This case study describes the history of Surabaya, Indonesia’s inclusive housing policy and how the Kampung Improvement Program became a model for in situ slum upgrading efforts both nationwide and internationally. The paper suggests certain actions that the city can take to maintain its legacy of inclusive housing policy, including prioritizing in situ, incremental upgrading of informal settlements; partnering with NGOs and universities to facilitate innovation; and improving the city’s transportation network and limiting high-end development that displaces residents.
Nearly 150,000 people lost their lives on Indian roads in 2018. The Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill, recently approved by India's parliament, aims to make streets safer for both drivers and pedestrians.
A new WRI working paper finds that though cities are hotspots for opportunity, many urbanites find it increasingly difficult to access these benefits, rendering jobs, healthcare and education increasingly out of reach for millions of people.
Positive change is happening in cities, but it’s often lost in a sea of bad news about air pollution, rising costs of living and traffic jams. Projects from Dar es Salaam, Medellín, Pune and more provide inspiration.
From a student safety initiative in Dar es Salaam to a massive mixed-use development in Manhattan, projects around the world are transforming the world's cities. WRI's Courage to Lead dinner brought together leading architects, real estate developers, urban planners and other innovators to discuss the future of cities.
Every Sunday, Guadalajara closes more than 60 kilometers of streets to car traffic, opening them up for public use by pedestrians, cyclists and performers. Since starting the "Via RecreActiva," Guadalajara has more open space for recreation, a new collective image of public space and a revitalized movement for transit equity.
New WRI research shows that cities in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia are expanding outward rather than vertically. As these places grow in population, continuing their unwieldy expansion outward could push them into economic, environmental and social crises.
Cities in Brazil, India and Indonesia are using the new Urban Community Resilience Assessment tool to prepare for a warmer world.
This report highlights how the Urban Community Resilience Assessment (UCRA) was piloted in three cities, its potential to build more climate-resilient cities and communities, and ways to enhance the tool for future implementation.
Communities in Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre are particularly vulnerable to flooding and other climate risks. A new tool helps them find ways to adapt that also benefit the poorest members of society.
Nearly 70 percent of us will call cities home by 2050. To ensure that cities reap the economic benefits of this population boom, though, research shows they need to grow up, not out.
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.
According to a new report from World Resources Institute Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, 330 million households in cities around the world, equivalent to 1.2 billion people, do not have access to affordable and secure housing.
This paper discusses the challenge of adequate, secure and affordable housing in the global south.