Governments should adopt public space policies that support all citizens—including informal workers and the urban poor.
During the pandemic, people in cities have seen how valuable green space is for mental and physical health. We should protect and expand green space and make its benefits accessible to all.
Asian cities act as engines of economic growth, providing jobs, expertise, and the sharing of resources. But in some cases, these powerful engines are sputtering due to insufficient infrastructure, inadequate planning, and poor governance.
Throughout Asia and the world, digital solutions are being found for urban problems. Policymakers and city leaders should ensure that the poor do not get left behind in this digital transformation of cities.
To be resilient, urban poor and informal households need secure tenure, which is a household’s right to reside on the land on which they are living.
With no single cause, and no magic solution, the congestion of Asia’s cities requires government resolve and know-how to fix.
The poor and middle class are struggling to find affordable housing across the region, but there are some basic steps cities can take to improve the situation.
Lining up rights-of-way for megaprojects, such as railways and highways, in crowded places is challenging but it can be done with an imaginative and respectful plan.