From a shack to a house with water and electricity

By | 2017-05-20T11:51:53+00:00 December 6th 2016|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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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Spotlight on livable cities, Part III: Responding to the challenge of livability

By | 2017-05-20T11:51:53+00:00 November 29th 2016|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , |

What do cities in India need to be more livable? In the four part series "Spotlight on livable cities", ISOCARP Vice-President Shipra Narang Suri aims to answer this question by approaching it from various angles, giving examples from different areas of urban planning. In this third part, she talks about how Indian cities could be made more livable by improving urban services, mobility, public-private partnerships and the situation in slums.

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

By | 2017-05-20T11:51:56+00:00 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”

By | 2017-05-20T11:51:59+00:00 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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“We want to be the partners that create the agenda”

By | 2017-05-20T11:52:04+00:00 July 21st 2016|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA, STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS|Tags: , , , , |

The idea of partnerships plays an important role in the formulation of the New Urban Agenda. But how can local communities have a real chance to participate? In an interview with Urbanet, Rose Molokoane, Deputy President of Slum Dwellers International (SDI), shares her vision of a New Urban Agenda co-created by the urban poor.

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Creating sustainable and liveable cities to support decentralisation in Ghana

By | 2017-05-20T11:52:04+00:00 July 21st 2016|Categories: ENABLING CONDITIONS, STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS|Tags: , , , , |

Rapid urbanisation accelerated by rural-urban and North-South migration due to economic imbalances causes serious challenges for local authorities in Ghana. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Support for Decentralisation Reforms (SfDR) programme supports the implementation of the Ghanaian decentralisation reforms at regional, district and local level.

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