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Around 8 million live in Afghanistan's cities today, but that number is expected to double by 2030.Yet, like many other rapidly urbanising countries, it has no national urban policy, no housing policy, and local planning is weak.

Local authorities and their partners can get research done on issues in their area, with the costs met from the EU's ESPON programme. Bids need to be in by 9 March 2015.

The pressure for migration into Europe will not go away, says a new report.

ESPON is inviting bids for seven new applied research projects, including one on comparing the spatial planning systems across Europe.

Faced with increased urban flooding, China is seeking to create "sponge cities" that can absorb water.

We are building cities to attract investment, not cities for people to live in, argued David Harvey, the distinguished geographer, speaking in Montevideo.

A project that has resettled slum dwellers and given them security of tenure is being hailed as a model to be followed in the Indian sub-continent.

World Town Planning Day (8 November) was celebrated in Kabul by a national urban conference addressed by the President.

A free downloadable book explores the idea of a Just City.

The ESPON programme gets going again with a seminar in Luxembourg in December focusing on refugee migration.

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