Category: Safer cities

Child Security Index

Coronavirus in the city: A Q&A on the catastrophe confronting the urban poor

Published in The Humanitarian By Robert Muggah To understand more about the crisis confronting the urban poor, The New Humanitarian interviewed Robert Muggah, principal of The SecDev Group and co-founder of the Igarapé Institute, a think tank focused on urban innovation that has worked with the World Health Organisation to

bloomberg
International

Coronavirus Feeds on Latin America’s Political Gap

Published in Bloomberg By Robert Muggah At midnight on March 17, Paraguay closed down the Friendship Bridge to Brazil. It was the first time in more than half a century that traffic stopped on the emblematic land link between the two South American neighbors, where

International

The world before this coronavirus and after cannot be the same

With COVID-19 infections now evident in 176 countries, the pandemic is the most significant threat to humanity since the second world war. Then, as now, confidence in international cooperation and institutions plumbed new lows.

International

Drug gangs in Brazil’s favelas enforce coronavirus lockdown

Published in Financial Times By Robert Muggah With president Jair Bolsonaro dismissing the pandemic as “sniffles” and criticising regional lockdown measures, the country’s drug gangs and paramilitary groups have stepped in to enforce social distancing to combat the spread of coronavirus. “Whoever is caught on

Op-eds

Viral Inequality

Far from merely reflecting an unequal distribution of economic means, rising inequality comes with a broad range of additional toxic side effects, many of which the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown into sharp relief. With the pandemic transforming life around the world before our eyes, this is a problem that can no longer be ignored.

Op-eds

The COVID Wake-Up Call

Published in Project Syndicate By Robert Muggah The COVID-19 pandemic was not just predictable but inevitable, which makes the skyrocketing economic and human costs of the crisis all the more unacceptable. If the international community does not respond by creating new global structures to deal

International

What We Can Learn From COVID-19 about Pandemics and Resilient Cities

Published in The Chicago Council By Robert Muggah As COVID-19 spreads around the world, non-resident senior fellow on global cities Robert Muggah shares his insights into the spread and impact of pandemics, why they are becoming more common, and how cities can help minimize threats

International

Cities could be our best weapon in the fight against climate change

Cities are stepping-up to confront many of the world’s biggest existential challenges – especially climate change. One reason is that cities have always been where the future happens first; spaces that cultivate creativity, resourcefulness and innovation.

International

10 key moments from day three at Davos

That’s a wrap for day three at this year’s Annual Meeting in Davos. From the future of Europe and fighting to save our oceans to Jack Ma’s career tips and Prince William opening up about mental health, it was another packed day of sessions.

International

Mapping Africa’s Megacities

Africa is urbanising at break-neck speed. So how do people keep track of where city amenities are, or indeed which areas are at risk of flooding?

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