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The idea of empowering city governments is a thrown around a lot these days in urbanite circles. But where should the line between local and higher levels of government begin and end? Alia Dharssi reports on the debate.

Despite growing numbers of international development organisations focused at the municipal level, donors are still reluctant to provide ODA directly to local governments.

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Mayors don't need a World Association of Cities

Andrew Stevens and Jonas Schorr remain unconvinced of the need for a World Association of Cities as Benjamin Barber proposes in his forthcoming book.

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