Slum Upgrading

Slum Upgrading
A new report from the World Resources Institute highlights changes needed to build cities without slums.
Patralekha Chatterjee July 14, 2017
Electricity only reaches a fraction of the population in many major African cities. A new report suggests changes that will be needed as cities and energy demands grow.
David Hatch July 12, 2017
The Human Cities Coalition, comprised of Dutch companies as well as NGOs, governments and academia, seeks to create “not ‘smart’, not ‘resilient’, but ‘human’ cities”.
Selma Zijlstra April 27, 2017
How savings cooperatives are breaking a vicious cycle of debt.
Connor Macdonald March 30, 2017
Pushed by grass-roots pressure, South Africa’s judicial system has shown real progress in turning the government’s focus from housing delivery to in situ upgrading of informal settlements.
Marie Huchzermeyer February 20, 2017
ANALYSIS | Spatial thinking does not have a high profile in the Habitat III strategy. That’s concerning.
December 13, 2016
Community groups want to show next month’s conference that answers begin at the bottom, not at the top.
Gregory Scruggs September 15, 2016
For the African National Congress, the ruling party that came to power in 1994 after the fall of apartheid, informal settlements have been a continuous problem, one compounded by the rapid influx of people to urban areas in search of better opportunities.
Brendon Bosworth June 14, 2016

The innovative Baan Mankong program empowers residents to make decisions about housing and infrastructure, The City Fix reports. 

June 2, 2016
The New Urban Agenda will need to factor collaborative development into the design of its implementing strategies, while ensuring that adequate investment is made in organizing communities for effective participation.
Ariana K. Macpherson May 16, 2016
In typical fashion, Medellín's latest innovation aims to achieve many goals at once.
The New Urban Agenda must also bolster research and data-collection in slums, said delegates at formal talks in South Africa.
Brendon Bosworth April 12, 2016
Informal settlements look set to receive strong attention in this year’s Habitat III discussions, which this week focus on the issue at a meeting in South Africa.
Gregory Scruggs April 8, 2016
A key regional meeting ahead of Habitat III resulted in a forward-looking declaration and a landmark document outlining a shared regional stance.
Ben Ezeamalu February 29, 2016
Informal settlements are likely to receive key focus in the Habitat III process.
February 16, 2016
Unlike many other developing cities, Durban's leaders view providing fresh water, showers and clean toilets to informal settlements as a moral responsibility.
Keith Schneider February 12, 2016

Politicians in Ghana seem more preoccupied with staying in power than bringing meaningful change to slum dwellers, the Africa Research Institute says. 

February 8, 2016

Rio should instead upgrade the essential infrastructure in favelas and showcase these ‘cultural assets’ to the world, The Conversation says.

February 1, 2016
A comprehensive approach to upgrading slums needs to be seen as a way to foster equitable development. Habitat III can help bring about this recognition.
Judith A. Hermanson January 18, 2016
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