The Future is Community-led: How People Are Improving Their Neighbourhoods Across Africa

By |2019-05-16T22:17:24+02:00May 16th 2019|housing & informality, , , , , , , , |

All across Africa, the most rapidly urbanising continent, locals are taking action to improve their neighbourhoods and get access to adequate housing and services. Leading up the UN Habitat Assembly, URBANET presents examples from Senegal, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

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When Communities Transform Old Socialist Housing into Adequate Housing – Part 1

By |2019-05-15T10:19:54+02:00May 9th 2019|housing & informality, , , , |

Socialist-era apartment buildings in Vietnam’s cities, so-called KTT, are decaying rapidly. Tenants’ community organisations could help upgrade them and prevent redevelopment, says Boram Kimhur.

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Building from Scratch and Sand

By |2019-05-07T09:32:30+02:00May 7th 2019|basic infrastructure & housing, green & smart development, housing & informality, , , , |

Urban areas around the world face the challenge of delivering affordable housing to ever growing populations. Availability and expenses of both building material and skilled workers are a common hindrance. Turning sand into a revolutionary new building material might offer a solution, writes PolyCare Co-Founder Dr Gerhard Dust.

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Infographics: Urban Development in Viet Nam

By |2019-09-03T11:28:05+02:00May 2nd 2019|basic infrastructure & housing, global urban debates, green & smart development, housing & informality, , , , , , |

URBANET’s latest infographic series with interesting facts and figures about urbanisation and urban development in Viet Nam.

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Understanding and Tracking Affordable Housing Investment Opportunities in Africa

By |2019-03-12T11:20:28+02:00March 12th 2019|housing & informality, municipal & climate finance, , , , , |

Housing has become a policy issue that interests not only housing departments and local construction authorities, but Central Banks and financial players as well. Kecia Rust from the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF) explains why housing has become an investment opportunity, and the role that policy makers play.

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“Climate Change Can be Seen Everywhere in Slums”

By |2018-12-13T10:10:37+02:00December 13th 2018|climate change & resilience, housing & informality, , , , , , , , |

At COP24, India-based Sheela Patel from SPARC talked to Lou del Bello about how climate change affects people in informal settlements the most – and about strategies to address their special needs.

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“An Urban Habitat is Not Only Brick and Mortar”

By |2018-12-05T09:58:57+02:00December 5th 2018|housing & informality, participation, , , |

Daniel Kerber is the founder and CEO of More than Shelters, a social business that brings a creative and innovative approach to the humanitarian context. Since it was founded in 2012, More than Shelters has been active in various places: parts of Jordan that border on neighbouring Syria, transit routes, and places where migrants and refugees arrive, such as Greece and Berlin, Germany. URBANET asked Daniel Kerber what More than Shelters brings to the housing debate.

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Casa Minha Nosso Bairro: Inclusive Urban Development in Maputo, Mozambique

By |2018-11-08T12:20:42+02:00November 8th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, housing & informality, , , , , |

Projects aimed at the upgrading of settlements often face the question of how to increase living standards for all residents – while keeping housing costs at a level affordable for the original population. The initiative "Casa Minha Nosso Bairro" takes an innovative approach towards this issue, aiming at living conditions that nurture a peaceful living environment for all urban residents

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Urban Slums in Nigeria: Ensuring Healthy Living Conditions

By |2018-10-25T12:08:28+02:00October 25th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, health & education, housing & informality, , , , , , |

Many of Lagos’ residents live in informal settlements with no or limited access to basic services. With new immigrants arriving from rural areas every day, pressure increases on the already poor living conditions. Comprehensive action is needed to tackle interconnected social, environmental and health issues, says Olaoluwa Pheabian Akinwale.

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Shortcomings of Brazil’s Minha Casa, Minha Vida Programme

By |2018-09-27T09:14:37+02:00September 27th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, global urban debates, housing & informality, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , |

Brazil's social housing programme Minha Casa, Minha Vida prides itself on having delivered an enormous amount of affordable housing. But putting a roof over people's heads is not sufficient if the settlements are located on the far outskirts of a city, depriving residents of access to urban resources, claims Clarisse Cunha Linke.

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6 Features That Make Brazil’s Affordable Housing Programme Good for People and the Environment

By |2018-09-26T12:28:21+02:00September 26th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, global urban debates, housing & informality, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , |

“Minha Casa, Minha Vida” (My House, My Life) is Brazil’s largest affordable housing project to this day. Priscila Pacheco describes the buildings’ sustainability features that benefit the residents and the environment.

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Policy Reform, not Evictions! The Case of Slum Urbanisation in Khartoum, Sudan

By |2018-09-20T10:51:39+02:00September 20th 2018|housing & informality, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , |

A radical reform of Khartoum’s housing policy is required to improve the living conditions of slum dwellers. For this, we need to examine the socio-economic situation of the urban poor and of those who live in the city’s informal settlements.

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Room for Improvement: How to (Better) Integrate Housing and Labour Markets

By |2018-09-19T10:11:41+02:00September 19th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, decent work, housing & informality, , , , |

Housing and labour are mutually dependent, but their connection is overlooked in economic policies most of the time. Edmundo Werna, Ramin Keivani and Youngha Cho argue that a closer look and a different understanding of how the two markets are linked will lead to more effective solutions and better housing and livelihood conditions, especially in the Global South.

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Infographics: Urban Development in Brazil

By |2019-09-03T11:29:00+02:00September 13th 2018|global urban debates, governance & finance, housing & informality, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , , , , |

URBANET’s latest infographic series provides you with interesting facts and figures about urbanisation in Brazil.

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