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Urban Development

New model for development: Tackling urban vulnerability and public safety

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Crime and violence are still in the top 5 main worries of the world. Globally, one in five people become a victim of violence and crime in their lifetime. But it is not only the cost of human life lost:  Crime and violence hamper economic growth and development, erode social cohesion, affect governance and, in some cases, shake countries' political stability.

The Quito Metro in 360 Degrees

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Also available in: Español
 Paul Salazar.

For two and a half years, more than 4,000 people have worked to build Line 1 of the Quito Metro, a mass transit system that extends 22 kilometers across the city.
 
With its 15 modern stations, ranging from Quitumbe in the south to El Labrador in the north, this infrastructure project is changing the urban landscape of the Ecuadorian capital and will become the backbone of the city’s integrated transport system. How is it coming along?

Trains to the future… and past – history and archaeology in underground transport systems

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Today we are creating better, faster, more comfortable, and secure transport systems for our smarter, resilient, more inclusive, and competitive cities. At the same time, we need to ensure the preservation of the cultural values and the heritage, which form the unique identity of every city. This will only be possible if we establish a balance between the past, the present, and the future – by allowing new developments, allowing time for research and study, and allowing space to share the knowledge.

Five strategic priorities for intermediate cities in Bolivia

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When you think of Bolivia, which is the first city that comes to mind? La Paz? Santa Cruz or maybe Cochabamba? But what about Trinidad or Tarija? Or perhaps Cobija or Riberalta? These are relatively smaller cities when compared to cities like La Paz or Santa Cruz, but they are growing the fastest in terms of population. Why is that? And how can these smaller, intermediate cities manage growth so that they are sustainable and prepared for the future? 

Quels sont les moyens de transport que les Haitiens utilisent pour se rendre au travail tous les jours ?

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A 5 heures du matin, alors que le soleil ne s’est pas encore levé, les rues de Port au Prince sont déjà débordantes d’activités et les embouteillages commencent. Contrairement à ce que nous pourrions imaginer, ce ne sont pas les voitures ou autres véhicules motorisés qui encombrent les rues de Port au Prince. Les niveaux de revenus sont encore trop faibles en Haïti pour permettre au plus grand nombre de s’acheter une voiture ou de se déplacer en tap-taps colorés (en 2015 Haïti était 200ème sur les 216 pays du classement du revenu national brut publié par la Banque Mondiale).

Three key factors for boosting the productivity of Latin American and Caribbean cities

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In this video, learn the key opportunities to make Latin American and Caribbean cities more productive

Daily commute in Haiti: How do people get to work?

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At 5am, when the sun has still not gone up, the streets of Port-au-Prince are already busy. But they are not busy with cars, since income levels in Haiti are still too low – Haiti ranks 200 among 216 countries on 2015 Gross National Income rankings published by the World Bank – and the colorful tap-taps remain unaffordable to most of the population. At this time of the day, streets are filled with people walking to work or school, starting their long journeys early so they can arrive on time. In fact, only 26% of Haitians use any motorized vehicle on a regular basis. The remaining 74% either walk everywhere or do not travel at all. 

What it takes for subnational PPPs in Brazil

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Also available in: Portuguese
 

Brazil was one of the top five investment foreign and domestic private flows destinations for 2017. Nonetheless, foreign flows towards the country through Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and concessions have sharply declined, from US$59.2 billion in 2012 to US$7.3 billion in 2017, according to World Bank latest  PPI Annual report.

What to do to regain the levels of 2012?

How to prepare a country to respond to a disaster

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Ecuador is paying more and more attention to data collection and disaster risk management across sectors​.
 Paul Salazar.
The Cruz-Castro Family searching for their belongings after the 2016 earthquake in Pedernales, Ecuador. Photo: Paul Salazar / World Bank.
Disasters occur worldwide and are part of everyone’s life. Ever since they were first recorded, floods, hurricanes and earthquakes have marked the history of humanity and its evolution. Today, our efforts focus on preparing for and responding to the impacts of these events. This way we can reduce material damages and human suffering.

Disaster risk management is a priority for many countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean region.

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