The goal of a ‘slum-free India’ would benefit residents of informal settlements more if the housing being built drew on the features of their old neighbourhoods that made their lives better.
Ethiopia’s mass housing project has built and transferred half-a-million houses in two decades – but it’s damaging the social fabric of communities.
Ghanaian urban and development planners need to move away from looking up to examples of innovations from the global north.
Slums are a challenge for controlling the pandemic. Strengthening their fragile healthcare provision would help mitigate the effects of COVID-19 and future pandemics.
Social protection measures and food distribution targeting adolescents in informal settlements are urgently needed.
Besides battling the coronavirus pandemic, San Roque residents have long been locked in a bigger struggle for their very survival as a community in the face of home demolitions and relocations.
Long before the Indian government responded to the threat of COVID-19 with a lockdown, residents of Shivaji Nagar, with the support of a local NGO, were protecting and helping one another.
The Lagos state government must go beyond food packages as stimulus, and build capacity for poor people.
COVID-19 is spreading fast through not only the world’s richest cities but also its poorest, ravaging slum areas where risk factors like overcrowding and poverty accelerate disease transmission.
Many are speculating about the pandemic changing how we plan and use our cities. What they overlook is how many people live in unplanned settlements where it’s more likely to be business as usual.
COVID-19 is having a significant impact on the health, economic and social status of slum dwellers.
Lagos poses a set of particular challenges when it comes to making interventions work.
There are huge holes in the governance of Nairobi river and city’s waste which means the river’s condition has deteriorated.
In our urban world, turning the makeshift and the informal into the livable and sustainable is our greatest challenge.
A community of 200,000 in Dhaka faces eviction to make room for “development”. Is it time to rethink the concept, especially with a billion people now living in informal settlements worldwide?
How theatre and artwork allowed us to better address severe air pollution.
Indians were promised they would be included in planning 100 smart cities and that everyone would benefit. But many of the millions of slum residents have had no say in their homes being destroyed.
Research in Ghana shows that improving slum housing could be one of the alternatives to the capital’s housing crisis.
Self-organisation initiatives taken by slum residents across Africa can help urban development.
To help ensure that environmental and health services are available in slums, Indian women are asserting their rights thanks to solidarity networks and non-confrontational approaches.