Housing & Informality

SPOTLIGHT ON: LIVEABLE CITIES

Empowerment Through Blocking-Out In Cape Town’s Informal Settlements

By |2022-05-05T08:19:47+02:00May 5th 2022|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Housing & Informality, , , , |

How can architectural solutions contribute to increase liveability in informal settlements? Alfredo Brillembourg portrays how the process of blocking-out facilitated the empowerment and upgrading in the informal settlement of Khayelitsha.

SPOTLIGHT ON: LIVEABLE CITES

Conceptualising The Liveable African City

By |2022-05-03T11:28:38+02:00May 3rd 2022|Global Urban Debates, Housing & Informality, , , , , |

What does liveability mean from an African cities' perspective and how do we get there? Taibat Lawanson presents an unconventional and compelling take on this question.

SPOTLIGHT ON: URBAN LABS AND INNOVATION

JAGA MISSION – Transforming Lives, Leaderships, and Liveability

By |2022-04-21T09:17:22+02:00April 21st 2022|Housing & Informality, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , |

The Indian state of Odisha has initiated a slum upgrading programme that acknowledges residents as city makers. Preeti Prada Panigrahi presents its advantages and successes.

spotlight on: URBAN LABS AND INNOVATION

Urban Labs in Latin America: Participatory and Effective Interventions

By |2022-04-04T09:59:51+02:00April 4th 2022|Housing & Informality, , , , |

A strategy for planning that ensures to include citizens and addresses several challenges at once, urban labs can be found in many cities in Latin America. Simone Sandholz, Lucas de Carvalho Turmena, Jorgelina Hardoy, and Florencia Almansi with some examples from urban labs in Latin America.

SPOTLIGHT ON: WOMEN IN CITIES

Transforming Our Cities by Addressing Gender Deficit in Land Titles in Brazil

By |2022-04-01T10:04:29+02:00April 1st 2022|Housing & Informality, Youth & Gender, , , |

Can we transform our cities by addressing the gender insecurity and inadequacy women face? In the northeast state of Pernambuco in Brazil, Espaço Feminista reflects on lessons learned from fighting for women’s land rights by achieving land regularisation in informal settlements.

Four Ways to Democratise Research on Urban Land Rights

By |2021-12-07T09:15:35+01:00December 7th 2021|Housing & Informality, , , |

Inclusive research design has the potential to turn “beneficiaries” into experts and agents of change. Rebecca Enobong Roberts makes a strong case for why urban land rights researchers need to proactively consult the groups they study, not just observe them.

Regularising Unauthorised Colonies in Delhi: A Missed Opportunity to Improve Gendered Access to Land?

By |2021-04-01T10:33:29+02:00April 1st 2021|Housing & Informality, Youth & Gender, , , , |

Delhi’s recent regularisation scheme PM-UDAY promises to improve tenure security of about 5 million residents – a highly ambitious task considering the gendered implications of land tenure security in India. Can the scheme deliver on its potential and strengthen women’s land ownership? By Sonal Sharma, Smriti Singh and Sukrit Nagpal from SEWA Bharat

Regularising Unauthorised Colonies in Delhi: Well-Intended but Not Enough

By |2021-03-30T14:09:34+02:00March 30th 2021|Housing & Informality, , , , |

A recent regularisation scheme promises to improve the tenure security of about 5 million Delhi residents. But how inclusive is the scheme and does it keep pace with the realities on the ground? Sukrit Nagpal, Smriti Singh and Sonal Sharma from SEWA Bharat take a critical look.

Learning from Latin America’s Informal Settlements and Urban Policies

By |2021-03-18T11:23:13+01:00March 18th 2021|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Housing & Informality, , , , |

Informal housing is a common phenomenon in Latin America, and governmental regulations are designed to counteract it. However, some of them have had the opposite effect. Cynthia Goytia on its underlying dynamics and a necessary shift in urban policies.

Leave No One Behind: Land Tenure in Post-Conflict Iraq

By |2021-03-16T10:21:07+01:00March 16th 2021|Housing & Informality, Youth & Gender, , , |

Minorities, women, and persons internally displaced face severe land tenure issues in post-conflict Iraq. In this acute analysis, UN-Habitat Iraq presents ways forward for conflict-affected areas.

Formalising Land While Promoting Social Justice and Economic Benefit

By |2021-03-11T09:24:47+01:00March 11th 2021|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Housing & Informality, , , |

When informal land is valued, transferred, or titled, it comes with many opportunities, but also great risks. James Kavanagh on beneficial standards and governance approaches.

Evaluating the Slum Redevelopment Project of Borei Keila

By |2021-11-05T12:35:18+01:00March 9th 2021|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Housing & Informality, , , , |

Borei Keila stands out as a unique experiment in land sharing and social housing in Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh. Dr. Paul Rabé provides insights into its origins, the pitfalls in its realisation, and the lessons to be learned.

Maximising the Impact of Urban Development in Cairo’s Informal Settlements

By |2021-11-04T16:19:25+01:00February 16th 2021|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Housing & Informality, , , |

International development efforts must be designed with long-term impacts in mind. Dr Hassan Elmouelhi provides insights into the Egyptian context and asks an all-important question: Is international development overlooking critical opportunities? 

Upgrading Precarious Neighbourhoods is Key for Post-Pandemic Recovery

By |2021-09-30T14:50:22+02:00February 2nd 2021|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Global Urban Debates, Housing & Informality, , |

The COVID-19 pandemic pushed the planet to ‘stay at home’ and ‘wash hands’. But in Latin America and the Caribbean, more than 100 million inhabitants lack adequate housing and sanitation. Could upgrading precarious neighbourhoods hold the key for post-pandemic recovery? By Anacláudia Rossbach et al

Contestations over Informal Settlements: Which Way Forward? An Interview

By |2021-02-22T13:00:56+01:00October 22nd 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Housing & Informality, , , , |

Ethiopia is experiencing unprecedented population growth. Despite large government housing programs, there are more and more informal settlements in the country, and cases of forceful displacement and evictions are on the rise. In the virtual event “Ways forward for informal settlements”, Tania Berger from Danube University Krems discusses options for inclusive urbanisation with an international panel.

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