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

URBANET| November 17th 2016|Categories: CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES, HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA, STRENGTHENING PARTICIPATION, STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS|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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“Participation is a prerequisite for sustainable urban development”

Franziska Schreiber & Kai Fischer| September 28th 2016|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES, STRENGTHENING PARTICIPATION|Tags: , , , , |

According to Franziska Schreiber and Kaj Fischer from the think tank adelphi, innovative participation processes make cities more livable. URBANET talked to both urbanisation experts about how municipalities and residents can work together to shape their city.

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The Right to the City: “It is critical to urbanise informal settlements”

Matthias Nohn| September 7th 2016|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES, STRENGTHENING PARTICIPATION|Tags: , , , , |

In modern-day cities, issues such as affordable and good housing, or the question of who designs neighborhoods are very relevant and often imply a conflict of interests. URBANET talked to Harvard Loeb Fellow Matthias Nohn about the challenges and chances that cities face, and about what really constitutes the "Right to the City".

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New solutions to existing problems: The role of grassroots organizations in community development

Diana Mitlin| July 27th 2016|Categories: STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS, STRENGTHENING PARTICIPATION, STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS|Tags: , |

To be able to achieve good governance, local governments must not only work together with communities, but also grant them a certain amount of responsibility. In an interview with URBANET, Diana Mitlin, Managing Director of the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester, talks about the importance of community-led development and the value grassroots organisations can add to local communities.

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Governance and accountability – building partnerships with the urban poor

Michael Slingsby| July 21st 2016|Categories: STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS, STRENGTHENING PARTICIPATION, STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS|Tags: , , |

In the international context, public private partnerships are gaining more and more relevance. To avoid leaving the urban poor behind in these processes, many Asian cities have established community driven partnerships to promote inclusiveness.

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