“We need to empower the people living in informal settlements” – An interview with Howaida Barakat from the Ministry of Housing, Egypt

Howaida Barakat| March 21st 2017|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES, REALISING INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , |

Howaida Barakat

Howaida Barakat

Howaida Barakat is Advisor of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities in Egypt. Her work focuses on informal settlements and sustainable housing, among other topics.
Howaida Barakat

In Egypt there are almost 850 000 people living in unsafe areas. We talked to Howaida Barakat, International Cooperation Advisor at the Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities in Egypt about how the country deals with informal settlements, how the government is attempting to understand and include the people living in informal settlements and what sustainable housing in Egypt could look like in the future.

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“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: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Lorena Zárate

Lorena Zárate

In 2000, Lorena Zárate started collaborating with Fomento Solidario de la Vivienda (FOSOVI) and other members of the Mexico Habitat Coalition (CHM), the former HIC-GS team and the Urban Popular Movement in the organisation of the first World Assembly of Inhabitants. Between 2003 and 2011, she was the coordinator of the Latin American Regional Office of Habitat International Coalition (HIC) and was later elected as president of HIC (2011). Lorena Zárate studied History at the National University of La Plata, Argentina.
Lorena Zárate

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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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: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Paula Meth

Paula Meth

Paula Meth is a Reader in the Urban Studies and Planning Department at the University of Sheffield. She works on gender, violence and housing in the global South, including South Africa and India.
Paula Meth

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

José Morales

Former National Director at Ministry of Urban Development and Housing
José Morales is the former National Director of Housing and Human Settlements at the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing (MDUVI), Ecuador.
José Morales

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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“Create housing as a solution” – An interview with Ani Dasgupta, global director of WRI Ross Centre for Sustainable Cities

URBANET| January 25th 2017|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES, STRENGTHENING FINANCING|Tags: , , , , |

What are the most pressing issues in low income housing? How can cities be given better opportunities to realise sustainable development? What are the key issues of sustainable urban development? Ani Dasgupta, Global Director of the WRI Ross Centre for Sustainable Cities, spoke to URBANET about how to tackle these questions and why scaling and counting are important when working towards sustainable urban development.

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