Housing & Informality

Contestations over Informal Settlements: Which Way Forward? An Interview

By |2020-10-22T10:53:06+02:00October 22nd 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Housing & Informality, Inclusion, , , |

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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India’s Housing Crisis: A Gender Perspective

By |2020-10-08T16:07:46+02:00October 8th 2020|Housing & Informality, Youth & Gender, , |

With 17 per cent of India's urban population living in informal settlements, affordable housing has become a pressing issue. It is imperative, writes Swapnil Saxena, that any housing scheme recognises the particular vulnerabilities women experience in urban settings and focusses on women’s rights.

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It’s Time to Change the Housing Conversation

By |2020-10-06T09:29:06+02:00October 6th 2020|Economic Development, Housing & Informality, Water & Sanitation, , , , , |

Safe, affordable housing is not an end in itself but should be interwoven with other interventions to improve access to related services and benefits. As the pandemic exacerbates shortcomings in housing programmes around the world, Vidhee Garg on the need to re-think housing and to look beyond its purely quantitative aspects.

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Puerto Rico: Architecture and a “Culture of Emergencies”

By |2020-10-08T09:32:13+02:00October 1st 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, Housing & Informality, , , |

Puerto Rican architect Astrid Díaz on the importance of resilient housing, education, and participation in a country prone to cyclones and earthquakes.

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Mapping Makoko: A Community Stating its Right to Exist

By |2020-09-24T07:49:48+02:00September 24th 2020|Housing & Informality, Smart & Digital Development, , , |

Makoko, one of Lagos' largest slums, used to be a blank spot on the map for most of its history. This has been changing with a community-based digital mapping project that enables the residents to articulate their rights.

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COVID-19: How Prepared is Urban India?

By |2020-06-24T14:42:21+02:00June 24th 2020|Housing & Informality, Urban Health, , , , |

The current pandemic is a serious challenge for Indian cities. But Soumyadip Chattopadhyay, Simi Mehta and Arjun Kumar argue the outbreak of contagious diseases is less of a natural disaster – and maybe more of a man-made one. Of inequalities, poor infrastructures and the way forward.

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Khartoum: Urban Chaos and the Reclaiming of City Character

By |2020-02-13T09:19:26+01:00February 13th 2020|Housing & Informality, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

An integral part of urban culture, the form of cities' built environment has considerable impact on the quality of urban life. Elaborating on the case of Khartoum, Sudan, Khalafalla Omer makes a case for a new approach in urban planning policies.

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Media Making an Impact: #ChangeOurPicture

By |2020-01-30T11:08:01+01:00January 30th 2020|Housing & Informality, , , , , |

A photo competition called for urban residents in African countries to portray how they use media to change the narrative on their environment. Slum Dwellers International presents some beautiful results of the #ChangeOurPicture competition.

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Safe and Quality Housing at Your Digital Fingertips

By |2020-01-28T08:52:53+01:00January 28th 2020|Housing & Informality, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

Rakhi Mehra reveals the story behind a pioneering digital tool that wants to help revolutionise the quality of informal housing. After a few clicks, users receive a customised construction manual and cost-overview with the aim of ensuring that their house meets the safety requirements it needs to stand the test of time.

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Participatory Slum Upgrading in Mumbai

By |2020-01-23T09:26:24+01:00January 23rd 2020|Housing & Informality, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

India’s financial centre is one of the densest cities in the world and also home to a number of slums with urgent need for improvements. Trupti Amritwar Vaitla, CEO of the Mumbai Environmental Social Network, highlights a few of their innovative slum upgrading projects that have a participatory element at their core.

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Informality and Climate Resilience – The Story of Onyika Settlement, Windhoek, Namibia

By |2020-03-18T08:32:10+01:00January 21st 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Climate Change & Resilience, Housing & Informality, , , , |

In Namibia, the major share of urban growth is informal, with an estimated 30-40 per cent of the population living in informal settlements, with trends projecting shacks to become the predominant form of housing by 2025. Being especially vulnerable to climate change, these forms of settlements require special attention in the development of climate resilience strategies.

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Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas: A Status Update from the South

By |2020-01-15T13:21:31+01:00January 14th 2020|Housing & Informality, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

Brazil's strategies towards its favelas have varied enormously over time. If they are to be successful in improving people's lives, it is essential that informal settlements are perceived as an integral part of a city, argue Mariana Dias Simpson and Itamar Silva.

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A Spark of Hope: Making Nairobi’s Slums Fire Resilient

By |2020-01-09T13:11:05+01:00January 9th 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Climate Change & Resilience, Housing & Informality, , , , |

High density and poor building materials make informal settlements extremely prone to fire hazards. The Nairobi-based enterprise Kwangu Kwako has developed a housing model that, while being truly affordable, increases fire resilience and thus positively affects many aspects of residents' lives.

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Video: Empowering Urban Planners with City Works Trainings in Egypt

By |2019-11-28T10:43:39+01:00November 28th 2019|Housing & Informality, Multi Stakeholder Partnerships, , , |

A new series of workshops is increasing awareness of international agendas amongst local government employees in Egypt, with the aim of strengthening their work in the field of urban development and management. Watch the video to learn more.

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