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Sanitation tours demonstrate successful sanitation in South Asia
By Rajarshi Banerjee and Jyothsna Dindigala. Posted February 3, 2023
Safe sanitation for all is essential for improving public health, providing a clean environment, and breaking cycles of disease.
Sustainable urban development in India: Emerging issues and the way forward
By Daisy Singh. Posted October 14, 2022
The majority of city residents worldwide live with high levels of air pollution and many still live in slum conditions with limited access to sanitation.
Land value capture mechanism provides opportunity for sustainable urbanization in developing Asia
By Ka Ying Wong, Veronica Wee and KE Seetha Ram. Posted September 16, 2022
Land value capture methods can fill budget gaps in infrastructure projects while promoting sustainable transit-oriented development.
Levelling up innovation in Asia
By Linda Arthur. Posted December 30, 2021
Innovation is playing a vital role in the economic, social, and environmental progress of Asia and the Pacific and has been an important factor in the region's rapid and successful transformation. However, many countries in the region lag behind, innovating at a fraction of the pace as countries in similar or even lower income groups.
Making citywide inclusive sanitation a reality through capacity development
By Abishek Narayan, Christoph Luthi, Ma. Laarni Revilla, Deepanshu Agarwal and KE Seetha Ram. Posted January 18, 2021
Over a billion people across Asia and the Pacific still lack access to basic sanitation services (JMP 2019). Most low- and middle-income countries in Central Asia, South Asia, and East Asia still do not have safely managed sanitation services. Further, only a fifth of the countries practicing open defecation are on track to eliminate this practice around the world. Clearly, business as usual in the sanitation sector has not solved this challenge in the last several decades.
World competition among cities: City trends and the framing of a livable city
By Kyoko Takahashi and Shreyas P. Bharule. Posted November 6, 2020
Over the next 3 decades, about 70% of the world’s population is expected to be living in urban areas. Within the next decade, by 2030, the world is projected to have over 40 megacities with more than 10 million inhabitants. Such population flows into cities will disrupt the functioning of cities and lead to urban issues, such as transportation congestion, air pollution, and housing shortages.
Measuring the economic and social impacts of high-speed rail
By Roger Vickerman. Posted February 19, 2020
The scale of investments in high-speed rail (HSR) raises questions about the most appropriate methods of appraisal. Increasingly the reliance on conventional cost–benefit analysis, based essentially on the direct benefits to users and the direct costs to operators, has been questioned.
Don’t be derailed by rights-of-way
By Naoyuki Yoshino and Grant B. Stillman. Posted September 12, 2019
The disappointing scale-back of California’s showcase high-speed rail system between San Francisco and Anaheim has many experts asking what lessons can be learned. Similar pushbacks have occurred on other continents: witness the popular resistance to construction of a new superstation as part of Stuttgart’s urban renewal, which escalated into violent demonstrations, delays, and stalemates.
Delivering safety for high-speed rail
By Nikhil Bugalia and KE Seetha Ram. Posted August 16, 2019
As we are increasingly relying on technical innovations to solve some of society’s most complex problems, technological advancements such as artificial intelligence are contributing to new, modern modes of transportation, especially to enhancing safety. However, technology is only one of many critical factors for safety, and there is a need to understand the other factors.
International partnerships for catalyzing the growth of India’s Smart Cities
By Prasad Thakur and KE Seetha Ram. Posted October 16, 2018
The Smart Cities Mission, launched by the Government of India, aims to transform the urban governance ecosystem, especially urban local bodies (ULBs). It is hoped that the mission will help attract innovation, expertise, and financial resources for the holistic development of the ever-expanding urban areas. The creation of sector-focused, region-specific “special purpose vehicles” (SPVs) is an attempt to unleash the potential of a consortium-based approach in delivering the interdisciplinary ideation and implementation of projects.
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