Author: Robert Soutar

Sustainable urban planning is vital for cities and citizens

City authorities must make the policy choices now that will safeguard the future equitable delivery of housing, health and transport services that growing urban populations depend on

Inequality is a choice, says Don Chen, director of equitable development at the Ford Foundation. It is driven by policies and access to resources and decision-making processes…Read More

First BRICS bank loans spark debate over environmental protection

Civil society groups concerned despite New Development Bank’s approval of ‘green’ first loans

Instead of funding coal plants, oil refineries or roads that cut through pristine forests as some observers had feared, new southern-led infrastructure lender the New Development Bank (NDB or BRICS bank), has earmarked its first US$ 811 million batch of loans for renewable energy projects…Read More

Will booming India topple China in Latin America?

Indian economy grew faster than any other in 2016, according to a new World Bank report. However, India’s investments in environmentally sensitive sectors such as energy, agriculture and infrastructure in Latin America are a worry for some experts

For the second consecutive year, the booming Indian economy grew faster than any other in 2016, according to a new World Bank report…Read More