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Land and Conflict Prevention: How Integrated Solutions Can Help Achieve Sustainable Development Goals

FriEnt (2019) FriEnt’s new study on 'Land and Conflict Prevention' analyses the interlinkages between violent conflict, land and natural resources. Drawing on 16 case studies from around the globe the publication summarizes good practices, political achievements, challenges and lessons learned in the prevention of violence in struggles over land and natural resources. It advocates for integrated solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular goal 16.1 (Reduce and Prevent Violence at all Levels).

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A Local Governance Approach to Programming: Guidance for Achieving

UNICEF (2019) The well-being of marginalised groups such as children and adolescents is frequently determined by decisions made at the local level. The important role of local government concerning access to goods and basic services is hence increasingly recognised in the humanitarian context. Cross-cutting programming that takes into account both local government as well as local stakeholders can therefore be very beneficial to development efforts, particularly in fragile contexts. This handbook summarizes UNICEF’s experience concerning community engagement and support of local decision making in the areas of disaster risk preparedness, peacebuilding and humanitarian response. Thereby it provides guidance for stakeholders working in humanitarian contexts in rural and urban settings.

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Partners for Review: Voluntary National Reviews submitted to the 2019 High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development: A Comparative Analysis

Partners for Review and GIZ (2019) In July 2019, various UN Member States submitted the results of their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The present analysis compares these results and pinpoints similarities and differences. It is demonstrated that the countries concerned have expressed a strong commitment to implement the 2030 Agenda, but that steps taken to achieve sustainable development vary significantly in approach and degree. The report concludes that countries have taken ownership of their VNR processes.

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Order from Chaos: Stabilising Libya the Local Way

European Council on Foreign Relations (2018) A multiplicity of international actors operate in Libya, with a sometimes surprising level of cohesiveness. Nevertheless, now is the time for them to collectively agree a high-level strategy, ensuring they have a bird’s eye view of the efforts they are all making to bring stability back to Libya. The three main components of stabilisation are: ensuring the delivery of public services; stabilising the economy; and providing security. There has been some progress on the first component, but stabilisation actors must now focus on the economy. Innovation at municipal level and the weakness and corruption of central government mean that international players should look to local authorities as partners for re-establishing public services.

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The Transition to Sustainable Cities and Territories: The Role of Local and Sub-National Governments of Africa (Declarations Book)

UCLG Africa (2019) In late November 2018, the 8th edition of the Africities summit took place. 8300 participants gathered in Marrakesh, Morocco, to discuss ‘The Transition to Sustainable Cities and Territories, The Role of Local and Sub-National Governments of Africa’. DeLoG conducted a side-event on the 'Leave No One Behind' principle. Therefore, we are particularly happy to see LNOB included in the Declerations Book of Africities, which has been published in June 2019. It includes all declarations and recommendations adopted by the sessions. Have a closer look here, especially at the Decleration by Development Partners on page 23.

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Time to Act: Realizing Indonesia’s Urban Potential

World Bank Group (2019) Indonesia is the fourth most populous country and is rapidly being urbanised. To make sure, that policymakers recognise and implement the potential of Indonesia as prosper and developed country with benefits that arise from the urban agglomeration, this report provides ideas for institutional reforms and policies. It shows the challenges and opportunities for urbanisation in Indonesia.

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Better Cities, Better World: A Handbook on Local Governments Self-Assessments

World Bank (2019) With a sense of urgency, we face the urbanisation wave and need to search for effective and innovative ways to deal with new and old problems. This handbook provides information concerning the complex past, current and future challenges that cities face. The book addresses two key questions that tackle municipal infrastructure and services financing: Are we doing the right things? and Are we doing things right?.

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Reflections on Citizens Participation in Europe’s Cities

URBACT (2019) This policy paper captures the knowledge from the first URBACT City Lab. With the focus on citizen participation, this paper identifies challenges that cities are facing and shares relevant learning experiences and good practices from cities.

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10 Things to Know About the Impacts of Urbanisation

ODI (2018) Urban living can offer many benefits for residents such as job opportunities and higher incomes. Business wise the chances of greater collaboration and innovation opportunities are higher while also including lower input costs. Since cities are growing quickly, especially in low-income countries in Africa and in Asia, rapid urbanisation brings challenges for city governments and policy makers. To plan and manage the interconnected aspects of urbanisation (poverty, inequality, employment, services, transport, climate change and politics) political and technical issues need to be considered to ensure a good life in urban areas.

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Climate, Urbanization and Conflict: The Effects of Weather Shocks and Floods on Urban Social Disorder

ADB (2019) This paper provides important information about weather shocks and floods in large cities in developing countries. The displacement of population is associated with a higher risk of urban social disorder. This paper holds implications for evaluating future climate change as well as policies regarding climate change and disaster resilience.

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