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

By |2020-01-21T09:06:25+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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Leave No One Behind in Cities: How Can Knowledge Gaps About Marginalisation Be Filled?

By |2019-07-30T10:54:28+02:00July 30th 2019|urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , , |

Street dwellers and the urban poor often don’t have access to their cities’ services. One reason behind this problem is the fact that they are not surveyed and consulted in data collection. How can this gap be filled?

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PPP for Energy Efficiency in Favelas: A Success Story from Brazil

By |2019-07-18T09:30:43+02:00July 18th 2019|energy & waste, , , , |

Access to energy is considered a key factor in development and progress. Especially in informal settlements, provision of energy can be challenging. Alessandro Galimberti outlines how Public Private Partnerships that include local CSOs have been key to solving this problem in many of Brazil's favelas.

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The Future is Community-led: How People Are Improving Their Neighbourhoods Across Africa

By |2019-05-16T22:17:24+02:00May 16th 2019|housing & informality, , , , , , , , |

All across Africa, the most rapidly urbanising continent, locals are taking action to improve their neighbourhoods and get access to adequate housing and services. Leading up the UN Habitat Assembly, URBANET presents examples from Senegal, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

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“Climate Change Can be Seen Everywhere in Slums”

By |2018-12-13T10:10:37+01:00December 13th 2018|climate change & resilience, housing & informality, , , , , , , , |

At COP24, India-based Sheela Patel from SPARC talked to Lou del Bello about how climate change affects people in informal settlements the most – and about strategies to address their special needs.

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Urban Slums in Nigeria: Ensuring Healthy Living Conditions

By |2018-10-25T12:08:28+02:00October 25th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, health & education, housing & informality, , , , , , |

Many of Lagos’ residents live in informal settlements with no or limited access to basic services. With new immigrants arriving from rural areas every day, pressure increases on the already poor living conditions. Comprehensive action is needed to tackle interconnected social, environmental and health issues, says Olaoluwa Pheabian Akinwale.

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By the People, For the People: Social and Environmental Revitalisation of the Caño Martín Peña, Puerto Rico

By |2018-08-27T11:54:29+02:00August 22nd 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, housing & informality, , , , , |

Improving the living conditions in low-income communities always entails the threat of gentrification processes, eventually displacing the original residents. Lorena Zárate claims that this is not an inevitable outcome, as can be seen in the success of the Caño Martín Peña Land Use Plan.

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Land Governance: Catalyst for Sustainable Urban Development

By |2018-08-02T15:37:15+02:00August 2nd 2018|global urban debates, governance & finance, , , , , , |

Without land reforms, sustainable urbanisation is set to fail, argues Danilo Antonio from UN-Habitat. In his article, he outlines the conflicting interests around land governance issues and points out ways to secure land access and property rights for all urban dwellers.

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A “new urban agenda” for displaced communities? Unveiling architecture and urbanism principles to strengthen the Right to the City

By |2017-10-14T15:10:58+02:00June 12th 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, inclusion, , , , , , |

According to UNHCR, 65.3 million people were displaced due to conflict and persecution in 2016. How can city planning respond to this massive influx of people in a way that meets minimum standards for housing? URBANET's author Fernando Murillo outlines his ideas for inclusive cities that welcome refugees and migrants.

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“The New Urban Agenda lacks a human rights focus” – Interview with Shivani Chaudhry from the Housing and Land Rights Network

By |2017-10-14T15:23:27+02:00March 23rd 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, global urban debates, housing & informality, , , , , , |

The absence of a human rights approach and the lack of a focus on social justice in the New Urban Agenda is an cause of concern, says Shivani Chaudry from the Housing and Land Rights Network. In her interview with URBANET, she discusses these issues in relation to housing.

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“We need to empower the people living in informal settlements” – An interview with Howaida Barakat from the Ministry of Housing, Egypt

By |2017-10-14T15:24:11+02:00March 21st 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, housing & informality, , , , |

In Egypt there are almost 850 000 people living in unsafe areas. We talked to Howaida Barakat, International Cooperation Advisor at the Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities in Egypt about how the country deals with informal settlements, how the government is attempting to understand and include the people living in informal settlements and what sustainable housing in Egypt could look like in the future.

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“Some very important elements were left out of the New Urban Agenda” – Interview with Lorena Zárate from Habitat International Coalition

By |2017-10-14T15:24:42+02:00March 16th 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, inclusion, , , , , , , , , |

National and local governments must value and support community-driven development, says Lorena Zárate. In her interview with URBANET, she discusses viable and non-viable approaches to housing, democracy, and everybody's Right to the City.

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How Women and Men Experience the City. Gender in an Informal Urban Context

By |2017-10-14T15:28:38+02:00March 7th 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, housing & informality, , , , , , , , |

Cities have complex relationships with gender. They challenge some models of traditional femininity and masculinity, and reinforce others. Our author Paula Meth explains how gendered relations play out in informal urban settlements.

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