Housing & Informality

SPOTLIGHT ON: AFFORDABLE CITIES

Urban Green Space in Accra’s Informal Settlements: Slum Residents’ Perceptions

By |2022-07-28T12:26:24+02:00July 28th 2022|Housing & Informality, , , , |

Urban Green Spaces (UGS) contribute to the functioning of a city´s urban (eco)system. With the rapid urban expansion and the emergence of new slums, Patrick Brandful Cobbinah and Michael Osei Asibey call to include the residents in protecting UGS.

SPOTLIGHT ON: AFFORDABLE CITIES

Offering Affordable Housing in Egypt Through Microfinance

By |2022-07-26T09:21:56+02:00July 26th 2022|Economic Development, Governance & Finance, Housing & Informality, , , , |

Access to housing finance is an enormous challenge in Egyptian cities. Raed Fares and Safa Ashoub portray the approach by Habitat for Humanity Egypt: a microfinancing programme that also offers technical assistance and ensures to include local communities.

SPOTLIGHT ON: AFFORDABLE CITIES

What is the Affordable Housing Situation in Phnom Penh?

By |2022-07-21T10:05:43+02:00July 21st 2022|Housing & Informality, , , , |

The municipality of Phnom Penh does not live up to its responsibility to provide affordable housing for all, says Ronan Kemp from Sahmakum Teang Tnaut Organization - A Cambodian Urban NGO.

SPOTLIGHT ON: AFFORDABLE CITIES

Affordable New Delhi: Developments, Challenges, and Opportunities

By |2022-07-14T09:25:29+02:00July 14th 2022|Housing & Informality, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

Changing discourses have characterised New Delhi's housing policy over time. Piyush Tiwari and Jyoti Shukla outline developments and call onto the public and private housing institutions to provide equal access to decent and affordable housing.

SPOTLIGHT ON: AFFORDABLE CITIES

Mathare Social Justice Centre Struggles for Clean Water and Sanitation

By |2022-07-08T10:36:34+02:00July 7th 2022|Housing & Informality, Urban Health, Water & Sanitation, , , , |

Access to affordable and clean water cannot be taken for granted in Nairobi's neighbourhood of Mathare. Gacheke Gachihi outlines the structural changes needed to guarantee affordable water for all.

SPOTLIGHT ON: LIVEABLE CITIES

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

By |2022-05-23T12:00:47+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.

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