Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Street vending and its ability to produce space

Street vending is a widespread phenomenon in the cities of the so-called developing countries. However, city planning systems have responded to the situation in a limited way, among other factors, … Continue reading

Sunday, 23 February 2020 · Leave a comment

Subversive formalization

[Article behind paywall] State entities in Brazil have rolled out numerous programs to “integrate” precarious settlements into the so-called formal city of Rio de Janeiro. Two of the most visceral … Continue reading

Sunday, 23 February 2020 · Leave a comment

The role of small cities in shaping youth employment outcomes in India and Indonesia

Across the world, many emerging economies find themselves at a critical juncture known as the “demographic dividend”. This report presents evidence on the role of small cities in shaping the … Continue reading

Thursday, 20 February 2020 · Leave a comment

Informal work in sub-Saharan Africa Dead end or steppingstone?

Despite rapid economic growth in recent decades, informality remains a persistent phenomenon in the labour markets of many low- and middle-income countries. A key issue in this regard concerns the … Continue reading

Thursday, 13 February 2020 · Leave a comment

The Hidden Wealth of Cities : Creating, Financing, and Managing Public Spaces

In every city, the urban spaces that form the public realm—ranging from city streets, neighborhood squares, and parks to public facilities such as libraries and markets—account for about one-third of … Continue reading

Tuesday, 11 February 2020 · Leave a comment

Informal rental housing in the South: dynamic but neglected

Informal rental housing is growing rapidly in cities of the global South. Changing needs and circumstances of diverse urban populations produce new forms of rental accommodation and landlord–tenant relations. Focusing … Continue reading

Saturday, 8 February 2020 · Leave a comment

Informality, culture and governance in the global South

This paper provides an epistemological critique of informality by focusing on cultural governance in two cities of the global South, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Dakar, Senegal. Aiming to enrich … Continue reading

Thursday, 23 January 2020 · Leave a comment

Smart city making? The spread of ICT-driven plans and infrastructures in Nairobi

Since the late 2000s, the city of Nairobi in Kenya has become a focal point of large-scale and ambitious technology-driven city making processes and ambitions. In this study, we draw … Continue reading

Wednesday, 22 January 2020 · Leave a comment

Informality – addressing the Achilles heel of social protection in Latin America

WIDER 2019 Annual lecture was delivered by Santiago Levy and discussed the challenges of social protection in economies with large informal sectors, such as in Latin America. Currently less than … Continue reading

Sunday, 5 January 2020 · Leave a comment