“Climate Change Can be Seen Everywhere in Slums”

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

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+00:00December 5th 2018|housing & informality, participation, Tags: , , |

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+00:00November 8th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, housing & informality, Tags: , , , , |

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+00:00October 25th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, health & education, housing & informality, Tags: , , , , , |

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+00:00September 27th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, global urban debates, housing & informality, urban & metropolitan governance, Tags: , , , |

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+00:00September 26th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, global urban debates, housing & informality, urban & metropolitan governance, Tags: , , , |

“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+00:00September 20th 2018|housing & informality, urban & metropolitan governance, Tags: , , , , |

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+00:00September 19th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, decent work, housing & informality, Tags: , , , |

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 |2018-10-23T10:06:23+00:00September 13th 2018|global urban debates, governance & finance, housing & informality, urban & metropolitan governance, Tags: , , , , , , |

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

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Urban Regeneration: Viewpoints of a Mexican City

By |2018-09-12T13:23:53+00:00September 12th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, housing & informality, Tags: , , , , |

The city of Morelia, Mexico is planning to combat urban sprawl by densification and regeneration. With “District 4.0”, the city is hoping to attract investments from the creative-digital industries.

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Young People’s Participation: Critical for Responsive City Planning

By |2018-09-18T09:06:30+00:00September 6th 2018|housing & informality, Tags: , , , , |

In the Indian city of Mumbai, different groups participated in revising the city’s Development Plan. This article highlights the importance of the participation of young people in city planning at the neighbourhood level if planning is to respond adequately and responsibly to contemporary challenges.

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By the People, For the People: Social and Environmental Revitalisation of the Caño Martín Peña, Puerto Rico

By |2018-08-27T11:54:29+00:00August 22nd 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, housing & informality, Tags: , , , , |

Improving the living conditions in low-income communities always entails the threat of gentrification processes, eventually displacing the original residents. Lorena Zárate claims that this is not an inevitable outcome, as can be seen in the success of the Caño Martín Peña Land Use Plan.

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Climate-resilient Housing in Mozambique’s Coastal Cities

By |2018-05-29T16:47:30+00:00April 25th 2018|climate change & resilience, housing & informality, Tags: , , , , , |

Constructing a house is a rite of passage to adulthood in most peri-urban areas of Mozambique. While it is common for people to build their own homes using traditional techniques, it often reproduces vulnerability as most of these self-built houses are easily damaged even by low or medium magnitude weather events. How can resilient construction techniques prompt behaviour change in house construction and generate income?

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