Carolina Leitao is offering a model for a country currently rethinking what its government should look like.
The heir to a political dynasty, João Campos is betting on innovation to build a name for himself in Brazil’s most unequal capital.
In Argentina’s northernmost and highest capital, a fourth-term mayor has changed the environmental landscape.
Yamandú Orsi leads Uruguay’s second-biggest city, but his ambitions don’t stop there.
The first female mayor of Tumaco, María Emilsen Angulo took office just in time for a global pandemic.
Local leaders are tackling big problems – often without the partisanship paralyzing national politics.
The most effective leaders during the pandemic have been mayors. It’s interesting to examine why.
Los líderes locales están abordando grandes problemas – frecuentemente sin el partidismo que paraliza a la política nacional.
Los líderes más eficaces durante la pandemia han sido los alcaldes. Es interesante examinar el porqué.
Os líderes mais eficazes durante a pandemia são prefeitos. É interessante analisar o por quê.
Photos courtesy of David Mark Erickson and Daniel Edelman. Homepage photo by David Mark Erickson. Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators filled the streets of New York City on Sunday to demand that world leaders take concrete steps to address climate change and its consequences. Just two days before government, business, and civil society leaders met … Read more
Rapid urbanization has shaped Latin American societies for the last half century. Across the Latin American and Caribbean region, about four out of every five citizens now live in an urban area. Nearly two out of every five citizens of the region live in an urban area with more than 1 million inhabitants. The region’s … Read more
Read sidebars on public space, governance and energy efficiency. Cities are concentrations of people, buildings and activity. Infrastructure helps knit all of the pieces together and delivers essential services. The traditional infrastructure that supplies many of these services consists of a centralized, fixed-point service facility and a delivery network. Think energy (power plant and transmission … Read more
Read a sidebar on waste and recycling. Several of the region’s high-profile mayors who championed sustainability during their administrations have recently left—or will soon leave—office. This raises an important question: what will happen to the policies and programs they left behind? Incoming mayors have their own agendas and policy preferences, and sustainability initiatives—unlike crime or … Read more
In an increasingly urban world, the greatest challenges to quality of life will be in the cities. According to the 2007 United Nations Habitat Global Report on Human Settlements, an estimated 1 billion people live in slums—and the figure is growing. In environmental terms alone, the threat posed by our crowded cities is significant. An … Read more