Housing & Informality

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mapping Makoko: A Community Stating its Right to Exist

By |2022-07-18T11:43:58+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.

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.

Urban Mining in Ghana

By |2020-04-23T08:25:37+02:00April 23rd 2020|Decent Work, Housing & Informality, , , |

Analyses of Ghana's e-waste import tend to focus on the dangerous effects of its informal processing. Richard Grant and Martin Oteng-Ababio employ the concept of urban mining to take a more differentiating look at a thriving informal economy.

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.

Media Making an Impact: #ChangeOurPicture

By |2021-11-04T17:20:35+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.

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.

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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