Affordable Housing

Vertical Gardens Combat Climate Change Within African Cities

By |2024-04-09T15:03:51+02:00April 9th 2024|

Vertical gardens combat plastic pollution and urban heat, offering sustainable solutions for low-income areas. Olumuyiwa Adegun showcases two prototypes that have the potential to transform urban landscapes and prove sustainable housing does not need to be expensive or high-tech.

Informality and Social Protection

The End of Housing Insecurity in New Delhi?

By |2024-02-22T10:59:46+01:00February 22nd 2024|

Urban Citizens in India are still struggling with housing inadequacy and (un)affordability. Piyush Tiwari and Jyoti Shukla call on public and private housing institutions to provide equal access to decent and affordable housing.

Risk and Crisis Management

The Global Housing Crisis: A Crisis Unlike Any Other

By |2024-01-04T16:33:24+01:00October 25th 2022|

Echoes of the same story can be heard in cities across the globe – homelessness is on the rise and the cost of housing is increasing at an alarming rate while the availability of decent housing dwindles. Kirsten McRae with recent statistics on the global housing crisis and why we should no longer financialise our most basic human good.

Urban Health

Rebuilding Evicted Kampungs in Jakarta – Restoring Communities, Providing a Better Quality of Life

By |2024-01-04T16:40:13+01:00September 27th 2022|

Forced evictions and displacements should be stopped, but it is not enough. Muhammad Azka Gulsyan wants us to think about how to rebuild the evicted homes, and restore affected communities and their livelihoods. Vertical Kampung-projects in Jakarta show that rebuilding and restoration are possible.

AFFORDABLE CITIES

Offering Affordable Housing in Egypt Through Microfinance

By |2024-01-04T16:28:44+01:00July 26th 2022|

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.

AFFORDABLE CITIES

Affordable New Delhi: Developments, Challenges, and Opportunities

By |2024-01-04T15:48:40+01:00July 14th 2022|

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.

Do Land-Based Commons Lead to More Inclusive Cities in the Global South?

By |2024-01-04T14:26:52+01:00March 4th 2021|

What is the impact of land-based commons on tenure security and on progresses toward “inclusive cities”? Eric Denis, Claire Simonneau, and Irène Salenson explore cases of collective housing projects in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

Addressing the Housing Affordability Challenge: A Shared Responsibility

By |2024-01-04T13:56:09+01:00October 31st 2020|

On World Cities Day, Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, presents some recommendations on how to ensure affordable, accessible, and adequate housing for all.

Contestations over Informal Settlements: Which Way Forward? An Interview

By |2024-01-04T14:02:29+01:00October 22nd 2020|

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.

Why Housing Matters: The Impact of Affordable Housing for People on Low Incomes

By |2024-01-05T13:05:38+01:00October 15th 2020|

Good and affordable housing is key to people’s well-being. Andrew Jones presents the latest research from social enterprise Reall and unpacks what impact it has on the bottom 40 per cent of the income pyramid.

Unplanned Housing in Bangladesh: The Problem with Housing Societies

By |2024-01-04T14:03:44+01:00October 13th 2020|

When the government can’t provide sufficient housing, private co-operatives seem like a good idea – until they are not. Dr Mohammad Rezaul Karim provides a rare insight into the housing situation in urban Bangladesh and the consequences of unplanned housing.

India’s Housing Crisis: A Gender Perspective

By |2024-01-04T14:04:03+01:00October 8th 2020|

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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