cities

How More Affordable Housing Can Impact Job Creation and Productivity

July 17, 2016

Businesses add their voice (and powerful data) to those of artists, activists and analysts calling to make housing in cities more affordable.   The global challenge of ensuring affordable housing in growing cities has inspired laments about a loss of the …

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The Road to Inclusive Urbanization

March 29, 2016

Get up-to-speed on the conversations around inclusive growth and cities, as mayors from around the world gather in New York to call for action to address rising inequities.  Urban areas are home to half the world’s population today, and by …

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Emerging Africa: Growth in Cities

May 10, 2016

As leaders from across Africa gather in Rwanda for the World Economic Forum meeting this week, a look at how Africa’s cities can shape the continent’s economic future. For more information, read the MasterCard 2015 African Cities Growth Index. 

Making Cities Better and Making Better Cities

March 22, 2016

In remarks yesterday at the China Development Forum in Beijing, MasterCard President and CEO Ajay Banga outlined how public-private partnerships will be crucial to building the smart cities of the future and furthering the government’s social and economic development initiatives. Below …

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Five Innovations Powering Public Participation in Smart Cities

September 4, 2015

By Ryan Erenhouse A key takeaway of our coverage of India’s smart cities was that people-led development is vital to realizing these cities’ potential for inclusive development. So we were thrilled, when, in response to the piece, a user tweeted …

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Building Inclusive and Innovative Megacities in China

August 28, 2015

With the right measures in place, the influx of human capital to China’s biggest cities can drive future growth If the fact that, since the introduction of market reforms in 1979, China’s urban population has soared from 19.6% of its …

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The Potential for Inclusive Growth in African Cities

December 2, 2015

MasterCard African Cities Growth Index assesses inclusive urbanisation and growth potential of 74 African cities. Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, is the large African city with the highest potential for inclusive growth, according to the new 2015 MasterCard African Cities Growth …

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The Link Between Inclusive Growth and Infrastructure: Q&A with John Rossant

August 21, 2015

From knowledge economy innovation to the rise of emerging markets, cities are the drivers of trends that define today and the outlook on tomorrow. For this reason, cities’ potential to do something more—to foster inclusive growth— is as relevant now …

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How India’s Smart Cities Can Write a New Chapter in 21st-Century Development

August 14, 2015

Uniting technology and democratic governance can chart a course for a future of inclusive economic growth in India En route to his historic win in the 2014 elections, Narendra Modi put forth a vision for driving India’s long-term economic growth: …

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Examining Nairobi’s ‘Smart City’ Potential

April 30, 2015

Dubbed “Silicon Savannah”, Kenya has ushered in a new era of information and communication technology (ICT) in the last decade. Nairobi is considered a pivotal urban center of the ICT revolution in East Africa; however, the city faces critical transportation …

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