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Foundation Announces Effort to Tackle Urban Poverty in Five African Cities | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Foundation Announces Effort to Tackle Urban Poverty in Five African Cities | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
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Cities, innovation- "The goal of these projects is to foster a productive relationship between city governments and the urban poor that can serve as a model for other developing world cities to follow as they seek to address the challenges of urban poverty.

The foundation is launching this effort in five rapidly urbanizing cities that have demonstrated interest and commitment to working with the urban poor. In each city, the foundation is working with a variety of civic partners to pursue uniquely tailored urban development efforts. -


  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Luanda, Angola
  • Lilongwe, Malawi
  • Monrovia, Liberia
  • Harare, Zimbabwe


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Forget roads – drones are the future of goods transport - opinion - 09 September 2013 - New Scientist

Forget roads – drones are the future of goods transport - opinion - 09 September 2013 - New Scientist | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
In rural parts of the world, building a reliable road infrastructure seems nigh on impossible. Andreas Raptopoulos has another idea: vast networks of
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Africa, cities/transport, innovation - Q&A


"You think that drones could help get vital supplies to the one billion people without reliable access to roads?

That's correct. The key concept for us is a network of small drones. Alone, each of those vehicles could cover only a small segment of the transportation network, but together they can have a big spread.

Why not build roads?
Following the lead of road systems in the West is a nearly impossible task for the African continent. You're talking about a massive infrastructure investment and a huge ecological footprint. If you were to deliberately plan out an approach to transportation and logistics in Africa, would you do it in the same way? I'm convinced that the answer is no. Instead, I think you would use a few different modes of transportation – and one would be an aerial method like the drone network we're proposing."

Cellphones have transformed life for many in Africa. Do you think the same could happen with drones?
Yes. It's a radical idea, but we believe that drones could do for transportation what mobiles did for communications. Fifteen years ago, if you had said that mobile telephones would give access to these extremely poor communities and enable their economic growth, nobody would have believed it. We believe it's the same for transportation.

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Top 20 most competitive cities in 2025 | SmartPlanet

Top 20 most competitive cities in 2025 | SmartPlanet | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Cities in North America and Europe will continue to be the most competitive cities in 2025.
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EIU measures cities competitive . . . . based on 32 indicators in these eight categories: economic strength, physical capital, financial maturity, institution character, human capital, global appeal, social and cultural character, and environment and natural hazards.  Here’s how the report ranks the top 20 cities out of the 120 cities the report studied:

1. New York

2. London

3. Singapore

4. Hong Kong

5. Tokyo

6. Sydney

7. Paris

8. Stockholm

9. Chicago

10. Toronto

11. Taipei

11. (tie) Zurich

13. Amsterdam

14. Washington, D.C.

15. Copenhagen

15. Seoul

17. Los Angeles   ,   list  continues -

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Top 100 people innovating cities | SmartPlanet

Top 100 people innovating cities | SmartPlanet | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Here are the people working to make cities better, more sustainable places.
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Innovating cities - "“The movement to build, support, and sustain livable cities worldwide is well underway, with individuals all over the globe and across numerous industries committed to leading the charge,” the reports says. “Today, we’re calling out, and congratulating, those who are doing the most important and aggressive work here."

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100 Resilient CIties - Rockefeller Foundation

100 Resilient CIties - Rockefeller Foundation | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
The Rockefeller Foundation is hosting a global conversation on resilience and selecting 100 Resilient Cities, ready to withstand disasters and bounce back.
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urbanization in the 21st century- " . . .  businesses to build their own resilience – and that of their workforce – to potential crises in the larger community. This means moving beyond contingency plans to keep the office running to ensuring gasoline, food supplies and shelter is available for employees critical to those processes. This has wider benefits – prolonged economic losses erode the tax base and can lead to layoffs down the road, both of which can further exacerbate the vulnerabilities of the population.

To provide the risk capital that will allow cities to begin planning and acting on resilience strategies, the Rockefeller Foundation is making a $100m commitment to building urban resilience. As part of this effort, the100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge will select 100 cities to receive funding to hire a chief resilience officer, support to develop a resilience plan, and access a suite of innovative services, including technical support for big data analytics and leveraging private financing.  -  Cities don't have to wait until after a crisis hits to benefit from resilience efforts, nor should they. Many resilience-building strategies – such as improving water and solid waste management, implementing energy-saving smart grid technology, or adding options for rapid transit – also increase the efficiency, livability and vibrancy of cities every day."

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