“Some very important elements were left out of the New Urban Agenda” – Interview with Lorena Zárate from Habitat International Coalition

Lorena Zárate| March 16th 2017|Categories: CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES, CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

National and local governments must value and support community-driven development, says Lorena Zárate. In her interview with URBANET, she discusses viable and non-viable approaches to housing, democracy, and everybody's Right to the City.

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Gender equity and land ownership in Bolivia

URBANET| March 13th 2017|Categories: CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES|Tags: , , , , , |

In Bolivia, up until recently only men were recognised in titles of land ownership. If these men passed away or left, their wives or partners legally had no rights to the land and property they lived on. To change this, Habitat for Humanity International started a campaign to legally recognise women as land owners in Bolivia.

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“I hope the New Urban Agenda will be a tool” – An interview with Sonia Dias from WIEGO

URBANET| March 10th 2017|Categories: CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES|Tags: , , , |

Sonia Dias has been working with grassroots organizations and in the informal sector in Brazil and beyond since the 1980s. A sociologist by training, her work focusses on participatory processes in waste management, always keeping the focus on the role of women in this field. In an interview with URBANET she spoke about what women can do to better make their voice heard and be more empowered in the city.

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Making Cities Safer for Women and Girls, Part II

Kathryn Travers & Margaret Shaw & Kassandra McCleery| March 9th 2017|Categories: CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES, CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The experiences of women and girls in cities, and their use of the city and its public spaces, are strongly impacted by their gender. Violence and the threat of violence is a pervasive problem that affects communities and cities everywhere. In their two-part contribution, our authors Kathryn Travers, Margaret Shaw, and Kassandra McCleery analyse the gendered realities of urban space and how to make it safer and inclusive for all urban citizens.

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Making Cities Safer for Women and Girls, Part I

Kathryn Travers & Margaret Shaw & Kassandra McCleery| March 8th 2017|Categories: CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES, CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The experiences of women and girls in cities, and their use of the city and its public spaces, are strongly impacted by their gender. Violence and the threat of violence is a pervasive problem that affects communities and cities everywhere. In their two-part contribution, our authors Kathryn Travers, Margaret Shaw, and Kassandra McCleery analyse the gendered realities of urban space and how to make it safer and inclusive for all urban citizens.

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How Women and Men Experience the City. Gender in an Informal Urban Context

Paula Meth| March 7th 2017|Categories: CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES, CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Cities have complex relationships with gender. They challenge some models of traditional femininity and masculinity, and reinforce others. Our author Paula Meth explains how gendered relations play out in informal urban settlements.

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“Communities do not have to be socially divided” – Interview with José Morales, former National Director of Housing and Human Settlements, Ecuador

José Morales| March 2nd 2017|Categories: CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES, CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

José Morales, the former National Director of Housing and Human Settlements at the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing in Ecuador, gives his view on the country's housing situation and social inequality.

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“Everyone has to bring something to the table” – An Interview with Janice Perlman, founder of the Mega Cities Project

URBANET| February 10th 2017|Categories: CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES, STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Inequality and insufficient political and social structures in developing countries and and in the megacities of the Global South are still a huge problem, and change only occurs slowly. To enable cities to share their experiences and their efforts to bring about change, Janice Perlman founded the Mega Cities Project.

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“Local governments are better equipped” – An interview with John Bongat, mayor of Naga City

URBANET| January 3rd 2017|Categories: CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES, CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , |

John Bongat is the mayor of Naga City in the Philippines, one of the most disaster-prone cities in the world. URBANET talked to him about how he attempts to make Naga City more livable.

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“Nobody plans for slums” – An interview with SDI’s Sarah Nandudu

URBANET| November 17th 2016|Categories: CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES, HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|Tags: , , , |

Slums and informal settlements are not just a matter of housing quality, they also affect the quality of life that people have, their health and their chances at a good education. At the Habitat III conference in Quito, URBANET talked to Sarah Nandudu, vice-chairperson of the National Slum Dwellers Federation of Uganda, about community building in slums, the responsibility of the New Urban Agenda, and what formal settlements can still learn from informal ones.

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The Urban Informal Economy: Towards more inclusive Cities

Marty Chen| August 16th 2016|Categories: CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES, CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , , |

In many countries, informal employment still makes up a large proportion of the economy. Yet local governments often do nothing to protect these workers and instead they are frequently subject to discrimination. Marty Chen, Sally Roever and Caroline Skinner from the WIEGO Network show ways in which they can organize to claim their rights and be better included in urban policy processes.

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