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Media Making an Impact: #ChangeOurPicture

By |January 30th 2020|Categories: housing & informality|Tags: , , , , |

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 |January 28th 2020|Categories: housing & informality, urban & metropolitan governance|Tags: , , , |

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 |January 23rd 2020|Categories: housing & informality, urban & metropolitan governance|Tags: , , , |

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 |January 21st 2020|Categories: basic infrastructure & housing, climate change & resilience, housing & informality|Tags: , , , |

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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Climate Change: What Happens to People Living in Informal Settlements?

By |January 16th 2020|Categories: climate change & resilience, global urban debates, urban & metropolitan governance|Tags: , , , |

At COP25, the Desk Officer for Sustainable Urban Development at MISEREOR, Clara-Luisa Weichelt, talked to Emanuela Barbiroglio about the challenges of addressing climate change in informal settlements and human-rights based solutions.

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

By |January 14th 2020|Categories: housing & informality, urban & metropolitan governance|Tags: , , , |

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 |January 9th 2020|Categories: basic infrastructure & housing, climate change & resilience, housing & informality|Tags: , , , |

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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COP 25 – What Impact on Cities and Regions?

By |December 17th 2019|Categories: climate change & resilience, municipal & climate finance|Tags: , |

Delegates at COP25 in Madrid reached an agreement, without the robust language and ambitions that were wished to be seen in the approved texts. This leaves subnational and urban leaders responsible for implementing the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), making local climate activities the messengers of hope.

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Urban Settings Need New Approaches

By |December 12th 2019|Categories: economic development, energy & waste, water & sanitation|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The traditional relief-rehabilitation-development paradigm does not hold true in urban conflict zones. A combined approach of long-term support for systems reinforcing short-term support for individuals would meet people’s needs, secure development gains, and represent value for money. The cost of failing to adapt is simply too high, argues Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

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