“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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“People need to own public space” – Interview with Ebru Gencer from the Center for Urban Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience

Ebru Gencer| March 14th 2017|Categories: REALISING INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT, Resilient Cities|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Ebru Gencer

Ebru Gencer

Executive Director at CUDRR+R
Ebru Gencer is the Founding Executive Director of the Center for Urban Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience, an independent research organisation based in New York City. She is an urban planner specialized in disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and sustainable development. Dr Gencer is also the Co-Chair of the Urban Planning Advisory Group to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction and to the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). She holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from Columbia University, New York.
Ebru Gencer

Urban populations face risks, not only in regard to natural disasters and climate change, but also in terms of social problems such as unsafe public spaces. In an interview with URBANET, Ebru Gencer from CUDRR+R explains how cities and local governments can make cities more resilient and manage risks effectively.

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

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

Janice Perlman

Janice Perlman

Founder and CEO at Mega Cities Project
Perlman is the President and CEO of the Mega-Cities Project, which she founded in 1988. She is an award-winning author and speaker who has mobilized collaborative partnerships among business, government, non-profits, grassroots groups, and academia to address global and local urban issues in the worldwide. She has consulted for small organizations and large international institutions including the World Bank, USAID, UNDP, UNFPA, IADB and the Slum Task Force of the Millennium Development Goals.
Janice Perlman

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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From a shack to a house with water and electricity

KfW Development Bank| December 6th 2016|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , , , , |

KfW Development Bank

KfW Development Bank

Development Bank at KfW
KfW Development Bank implements the financial cooperation between Germany and developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and the Caucasus on behalf of the German Federal Government. KfW focuses on reducing poverty, supporting economic development and climate and environmental protection, and promoting health care and education.
KfW Development Bank

In a four-part series, URBANET takes a closer look at specific projects that contribute to making cities more liveable. In this first part, the focus lies on San Salvador, El Salvador's capital city, where the houses of thousands of families who live in slums are being reconstructed. Since they have gained access to regular water and electricity supply, the living conditions have improved significantly.

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

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

Matthias Nohn

Matthias Nohn

Executive Director at Rapid Urbanism
Matt Nohn is an urban economist and development planner with over 15 years of professional experience in more than 20 countries, including assignments with GIZ, The World Bank, UN-Habitat, the Gates Foundation and multiple universities, think tanks and grass-roots movements. His work addresses the land, housing, transportation and employment conundrum with focus on domestic resource mobilization and incremental, labor-intensive development. A Loeb Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Design, he holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School and a Dipl.-Ing. Architecture and Urban Planning from TU Darmstadt and is the promoter of Rapid Urbanism: a progressive school of thought for designing policy responses to rapid urbanization challenges.
Matthias Nohn

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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