Informality and Social Protection

Community Mobilisation Drives Social Protection and Resilience in Zimbabwean Informal Settlements

By |2024-02-27T09:24:40+01:00February 1st 2024|

Zimbabwe's informal settlements find empowerment through grassroots initiatives. From housing savings to inclusive infrastructure, Teurai Anna Nyamangara showcases how community mobilisation leads to social protection and resilience.

Informality and Social Protection

Extending Social Protection – the Solution for Informal Workers?

By |2024-01-16T13:06:59+01:00January 16th 2024|

In a world where high inflation rates and geopolitical conflicts dominate the headlines, the urgent call for universal social protection for informal workers fades into the background. But Laura Alfers knows: This crucial lifeline is more important now than ever.

Informality and Social Protection

Navigating the Urban Informal Landscape: Social Protection in Sub-Saharan Africa Cities

By |2024-01-09T14:40:53+01:00January 9th 2024|

In Sub-Saharan Africa, the urban informal sector accounts for the majority of businesses and employment, yet workers face minimal access to formal social protection. Sharon Onyango explores the link between urban informality and social protection, proposing innovative approaches for inclusive economies in African cities.

Poverty and Hunger

Planning in the Shadow of Colonialism: India’s Balancing Act

By |2024-01-05T13:00:32+01:00December 5th 2023|

Explore how colonial legacies perpetuate inequalities in access to resources like housing and food in contemporary Indian cities. Join Utkarsh Sharma in unraveling this narrative and seeking paths to decolonization.

Poverty and Hunger

The Right to Food: School Feeding Initiatives and Inequality in Kenya’s Urban Informal Settlements

By |2024-01-05T13:00:56+01:00November 30th 2023|

Interconnected crises are fuelling food insecurity and negatively impacting children the most. Serah Kiragu-Wissler is convinced: School feeding programmes can push processes towards the realisation of a right to food.

Climate Adaptation

From Risk Aversion to Climate Resilience: MHT’s Climate Risk Insurance Game

By |2024-01-05T13:02:00+01:00October 10th 2023|

Women are particularly affected by climate change. Chirayu Brahmbhatt introduces an innovative game on climate risk insurance for female empowerment.

Inequality in Cities

Women’s Collective Power: Driving Responsible Urban Development

By |2023-11-08T15:21:00+01:00August 1st 2023|

India is rapidly urbanising. However, the disparities that affect the poor and marginalised are glaring. Bijal and Chirayu Brahmbhatt discuss aspects of addressing these inequalities through women-led approaches towards a better future for all.

Inequality in Cities

Bogota: Centring Women’s Care Work as a Core Municipal Function

By |2024-01-05T12:54:50+01:00July 18th 2023|

In Bogota, Care Blocks are transforming the lives of unpaid caregivers, providing essential services and empowerment. Prabha Khosla explores the empowering impact of these initiatives and the path towards gender-inclusive cities.

Inequality in Cities

Feminist Urbanism – Confronting Patriarchal Living Conditions in Urban Spaces

By |2024-01-05T12:55:05+01:00July 11th 2023|

Feminist urbanism is a concept that challenges the inequality in cities that particularly affects women among other marginalised groups. Ana Falú preps us with knowledge on how to overcome the patriarchal living conditions constituting our urban environment so far.

Liveable Cities

The New Traders Hub in Galeshewe: Boosting South African Businesses

By |2024-01-05T12:58:15+01:00May 4th 2023|

The open-air arena in the township of Galeshewe in Kimberley, South Africa, is being transformed under the Cities CHALLENGE 2.0. The centrepiece is a new “Informal Traders Hub” offering a safe, sustainable, and gender-responsive environment for local female traders.

Energy in Cities

Navigating Heterogeneity: The Way to a Just Energy Transition in the Global South’s Housing Sector

By |2024-01-05T12:59:12+01:00April 20th 2023|

Achieving a just energy transition in the urban housing sectors of the Global South demands recognition and engagement with their heterogeneous energy networks and rapidly evolving spatialities. Marie Urfels explores the challenges of achieving a just energy transition in the housing sector of the Global South while emphasising the importance of embracing these complexities to create targeted, context-specific solutions.

Energy in Cities

Improving Thermal Comfort in Community Buildings in India’s Informal Settlements

By |2024-01-04T16:41:26+01:00April 11th 2023|

India has a long tradition of building climate-friendly houses. But in the case of informal settlements, applying this knowledge presents many difficulties. This leads to intense heat stress for residents. However, there is hope on the horizon, as we highlight an exciting initiative: utilising innovative design solutions for thermal comfort in community buildings in Chennai and Coimbatore - an Urban Living Lab approach.

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