Friday April 18, 2014

Competitive cities in the global economy is a 2006 report, published by the OECD. Available via the OECD iLibrary.

Urban areas represent an important part of the national economy and feature higher GDP per capita and productivity levels than their country's average.

But they also harbour large pockets of unemployment and poverty and suffer from problems such as congestion, pollution and crime.

The book examines whether they are sustainable in the long term and what needs to be done to keep these engines of economic growth running smoothly. A synthesis report based on OECD metropolitan reviews and a database of 78 metro regions, this report examines cities performance within their countries and addresses key issues such as a competitiveness and social cohesion, intergovernmental relationships, and urban finance.

(Source: OECD)

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Wednesday April 16, 2014

State of planning in Africa: an overview is a 2013 report produced by UN Habitat.

This document presents an overview of the state of planning in Africa.

It is the results of research carried out by the African Planners Association among 15 of its affiliate member countries - Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The research, carried out in 2012, provides a perspective of the roles of urban and regional planners within the process of settlement formation, urbanization and rural development. It focuses on the spatial manifestation of the problems Africa faces and assesses the legislative, policy, human, institutional and educational capacity that exist within the planning profession.

(Source: UN Habitat)

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Tuesday April 15, 2014

Global value chains in a changing world is a 2013 report by the World Trade Organization.

Global value changes (GVC) are a major driving force of globalisation. They are inevitable outgrowth of the application of transformative information and transport technologies, combined with new business models and largely open borders.

The GVC phenomenon promotes integration on multiple levels.Today’s international production systems confound traditional ways of looking at investment, production, finance, information systems and technology. These can no longer be seen as separate, meriting distinct attention and discrete policy treatment. The international fragmentation of production has generated the opposite of fragmentation – a complex networked system of production and consumption with innumerable moving, interactive parts.

(Source: World Trade Organization)

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