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The Ethiopian Cities Network will serve as a forum for member cities to exchange experiences on improving and implementing strategic urban planning. It also seeks to promote sustainable, effective governance and provide cities with a mechanism for influencing policy development.
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The President of the World Bank Robert Zoellick joined senior officials from the government of Singapore at the launch of the Bank’s new Urban and Local Government Strategy. The new strategy highlights the importance of devising innovative financing approaches to address urgent urban infrastructure needs.
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The Cities Alliance will engage in a joint work program with Pamoja Trust to map the slums of Nairobi. Pamoja Trust is a non-governmental organisation and the local partner of Homeless International and the Association of Local Government Authorities of Kenya (ALGAK).
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South Africa aims to help townships become sustainable neighbourhoods. As part of those plans, an overview course to train municipal officials working on township renewal was held in June 2009.
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By 2030, India will have an urbanisation rate of about 40 percent; the number of urban dwellers in Indian cities is estimated to reach 600 million; the country’s total population will be about 1.5 billion people – the largest in the world.
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