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Tracing Beethoven's Steps in Bogotá: Gustavo Dudamel

Laurence Vittes | Posted 06.10.2015 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

From July 8-12, Gustavo, his Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar from Caracas, and audiences at the Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo in Bogotá, will trace together the steps of Beethoven's genius.

Formally Mapping Informality

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

One of the most valuable results of mapping informal settlements is highlighting that many self-built houses in the settlements are just as old as the city's first skyscrapers.

Exclusive Interview With Lulacruza - Part 1

Morena Duwe | Posted 05.27.2015 | Arts
Morena Duwe

Electro-shamanic duo, Lulacruza (Luis Maurette and Alejandra Ortiz), are beautifying the sonic world with their earthly sounds and profound lyricism. A perfect blend of electronic and acoustic, the music of Lulacruza encompasses the spirit of humans, animals and nature.

Cars Don't Shop

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.27.2015 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

In a lively conversation, the two transportation leaders spent the night riffing on how the streets and public spaces revolution happened in New York and elsewhere and what might be in store for Los Angeles on Reynolds' watch.

Strong Earthquake Shakes Eastern Colombia

AP | By LIBARDO CARDONA | Posted 05.10.2015 | World

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A strong earthquake shook eastern Colombia on Tuesday, causing buildings to sway in the capital and elsewhere but there were...

The Nightmare of Youth Unemployment and How to Fight It

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.03.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

High levels of youth unemployment may be one of cities' worst nightmares: not only does it signal and perpetuate a struggling economy, but high numbers of disengaged youth can lead to immense frustration across an entire generation, increased crime, and even revolt.

Reaching the Hardest-to-Reach: Financial Services for Overlooked Populations

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.22.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

The growth of microfinance solutions to address pressing development challenges has brought many of the world's formerly "unbanked" into formal financial systems.

Astoria Characters: The Soloist

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 03.21.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Why? Even for Yomar Ramirez, who is an introspective woman, it's not always easy to come up with a simple, satisfying answer. Sometimes it's better to shrug and go on, which is what she does.

Inequalities and Exclusion of the Poor in the Global South: Four Cities Fight Back Through Aggressive Land Policy

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 02.14.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

While the goals of neighborhood revitalization are generally positive, if a government fails to actively incorporate policies that guarantee affordable housing and public spaces, revitalization becomes a euphemism for gentrification and exclusion of the poor.

35 Powerful Images of Kindness Found Within Conflict

Kindness Blog | Posted 12.29.2014 | Good News
Kindness Blog

During times of conflict and political or religious civil unrest, the power of the human spirit's capacity for non-violent protest and kindness still shines through.

The Global Fight Against Traffic

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 12.27.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

British foreign secretary Arthur Balfour allegedly claimed in the early 20th century that "the motor-car will help solve the congestion of traffic." Today's city planners must not know whether to laugh or cry at this woefully misguided prediction.

La ciudad de Montería ofrece un futuro a víctimas de la violencia en Colombia

Adriana Aristizábal | Posted 12.13.2014 | Spain
Adriana Aristizábal

No cabe duda de que la ciudad de Montería llama la atención a nivel internacional, y que su modelo de generación de empleo no solo está mejorando la calidad de vida de sus habitantes, sino que además está reescribiendo la historia de una región para siempre.

Global Initiatives for HIV/AIDS Prevention

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Every city faces a different local context when it comes to fighting HIV/AIDS, and strategies must cater to local needs.

Land Titles for the Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Rio de Janeiro is moving forward with the expansion of land titling for its most vulnerable citizens through Minha Casa Minha Vida, the national housing program, and Morar Carioca, the city's urban upgrading program.

Mentally Ill and Poor: What to do?

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

In Brazil, the government ensures that mental health is understood as a fundamental part of overall well-being, and therefore promotes diagnosis and treatment in coordination with other health services, never in isolation.

Bogota Mayor Reinstated

AP | Posted 04.23.2014 | Latino Voices

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A Colombian court has ordered the reinstatement within 48 hours of ousted Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro. The surprise ruling b...

Red Vaya, Lamata, Kopaja, Busetas: How the Urban Poor Commute

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Too many transportation initiatives focus on cars and highways, thus favoring the rich and the middle class. But there are ways to provide safer, more affordable, eco-friendly and reliable transportation to the poor in the Global South, as the following examples demonstrate.

Mapping Technologies for the Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.07.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Mapping people, places, and characteristics of urban spaces is essential for understanding cities and their residents in the Global South, and data visualization is crucial for development interventions.

South-by-South: When to Bypass the Global North

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

South-South Cooperation refers to the exchange of resources, know-how and technology between countries in the Global South. While this transfer is sti...

Fighting Illiteracy and Digital Exclusion: Five Proven Solutions

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.19.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Literacy is a fundamental human right, one that opens doors to other rights, to empowerment and to integration.

50 Incredible Travel Destinations to Consider for 2014

Viator | Posted 03.29.2014 | Travel
Viator

No, we don't propose that you visit all 50 in a year -- although, hey, that's an admirable goal -- merely that you take these places into consideration when planning your 2014 travels.

Was The Firing Of Bogota's Mayor A Threat To The Peace Process?

AP | VIVIAN SEQUERA | Posted 12.14.2013 | Latino Voices

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Thousands of people massed in Bogota's main square on Friday evening to support Bogota's leftist mayor, whose dismissal is c...

Bogota Mayor Falls Victim to Another Right-Wing Coup in Latin America

Dan Kovalik | Posted 02.10.2014 | World
Dan Kovalik

While the press, as well as the U.S. government, will not acknowledge it, the elimination of progressive political leaders by coup d'état is taking place in Latin America with increasing frequency.

Global Brushes With Officer Krupke - Law & Order: Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 12.15.2013 | Travel
Mike Arkus

It's not nearly as bad as when I was much younger, when you might say I was rash, reckless and craving trouble. There was a time when I couldn't go fr...

DEA Agent Killed In Colombia Robbery Attempt

AP | Posted 08.21.2013 | World

BOGOTA, Colombia — A DEA agent has died in an apparent robbery attempt in Colombia, U.S. Ambassador Michael McKinley said Friday. Colombian auth...