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Harvard’s Agbiboa Calls for Prioritization of Citizen Voices in Informal Transport Policy-Making in Africa

04.2.23

Daniel Agbiboa, an assistant professor of African and African American studies at Harvard University, has called on African policymakers to prioritize people’s voices when enacting policies concerning the informal transport sector in Africa. Speaking during an interactive program hosted by Africa Policy Journal, Professor Agbiboa highlighted the importance of considering the views of ordinary citizens […]

South Africa needs massive social investment to address development challenges

11.16.22

South Africa needs massive social investment in education and basic infrastructure if the country is to address its current development challenges. The Executive Director, Center for Development and Enterprise, South Africa, Ann Bernstein, stated this during the Growth Lab Development Talks at the Harvard Kennedy School. The theme of her talk was “The Role of […]

Education, Training and Labor
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How Mayor Michelle Wu Can Put Racial Equity in the Fast Lane

11.24.21

While the Mayor doesn’t control the MBTA directly, she can make Boston’s transit system more equitable from day one. Jonathan Timm outlines four strategies for advancing racial equity in Boston’s public transit system.

Gender, Race and Identity

Centering Our Communities Chinese American Planning Council’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

04.16.21

Because of the pandemic, CPC has reaffirmed its belief that community-based organizations remain critical to advancing the rights and well-being of low-income and immigrant communities. The strength and resiliency of the Asian American community is tied to the capacity and sustainability of Asian American organizations. On 13 March 2020, Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a […]

Health

The Fallacy of Diversity Reforms for Police Departments

03.4.21

Focusing on increasing diversity within police departments pushes the burden of reform on the same people most impacted by police brutality.

Gender, Race and Identity

Centering Community Needs Through Public Housing

03.2.21

Radically expanding public housing enables us to prioritize affordability, livability, and community governance—a sustainable alternative to the current for-profit system.

Why We Don’t Support Traffic Enforcement

02.25.21

Emily Wade and Elissa Schufman of Our Streets Minneapolis explain why traffic enforcement is not a good strategy to make streets better places to bike, walk, and roll, and urge governments at all levels to take bold alternative approaches to traffic safety.

America’s Democracy Shouldn’t Be A Gated Community

04.28.20

American democracy is increasingly more like a Homeowners Association (HOA) than the participatory and empowering system to which we should aspire. Property owners control decision making over the community by virtue of their wealth, excluding those unable to access property and pushing aside those with insufficient resources to participate. What’s more, the whims of long-passed […]

Cities and Communities

There is More to the Transatlantic Freeze than Donald Trump

12.19.19

Even at Harvard, a liberal Atlanticist bubble where the Marshall Plan was first announced, events to celebrate NATO’s 70th Anniversary celebration were sparsely attended by American students, unlike Europeans who were excited to attend. Expectations for the NATO summit scheduled this month in London were low, and organizers hoped at best to avoid new tensions […]

S3E2: What We’re Talking About When We’re Talking About Affordable Housing

10.31.19

What can two small cities in Maine and upstate New York teach us about the national housing crisis?

Cities and Communities

An Old Formula Could Stop This U.S.–China Trade War

10.2.19

In March 2018, President Trump stated that ‘trade wars are good, and easy to win’ as he sparked a trade war with China to fight what he called the country’s unfair bilateral trade balance and intellectual property theft. The trade war has taken longer than expected to “win,” especially as rhetoric on both sides heats […]

Development and Economic Growth

Think Global, Act Local: European Cities on the Front Lines of Climate Action

08.13.19

BY NIKHIL KUMAR Upon her election as chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group in 2016, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo declared, “C40 member cities are determining the course of our planet’s future.”[1] (C40 is a group of more than 90 cities organized to combat climate change at the municipal level.[2]) Indeed, as societies become […]

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