The Urb.im network is a global community working for just and inclusive cities. It connects practitioners in six cities and throughout the world to establish an international community of practice and learning, sharing ideas and experiences in order to innovate, replicate, and scale working solutions to the problem of urban poverty. Urb.im is a project of Dallant Networks and the Ford Foundation.
Contact us. You can send an email to the Urb.im team using the contact form below. Please select a category to direct your message to the appropriate party.
Meet our team. Here are some of the people who make Urb.im possible:
Editor in chief and CTO Mark Durham (@mrkdrm) has spent two decades at the crossroads of media, technology, business and culture in San Francisco, Paris and Silicon Valley. Immersed in Internet publishing and technology since the early '90s, he has been designing and developing online products, platforms and publications ever since. In 1995, he joined Wired Digital, where he became editor at large and was part of the core team that developed HotWired, HotBot and Wired News. Subsequent experience includes positions at Identity Theft 911, Sendmail, LinkedIn and Google.
Project manager Josephine d'Allant (@josephine26) recently graduated with High Honors from UC Berkeley with a bachelors in International Development Studies and a Certificate from SciencesPo-Paris. A member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, she is fluent in French, speaks some Spanish and Mandarin, and has traveled to China, India, Vietnam, Bolivia, Mexico, Mali, Morocco and Senegal. Her previous experience includes Galima Group/UC Berkeley Center for Executive Education, Samasource, Frontline/WORLD, Tostan and Kiva.
Mumbai community manager Carlin Carr (@carlincarr) is the former editor of Searchlight South Asia, a monthly newsletter that tracks trends in urban poverty in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. She is interested in urban planning, housing issues and how climate change impacts the poor. She has previously worked on clean water initiatives in India, Ghana and Kenya, and now teaches English literature and conducts a program for street children. Her interest in India began as a Rotary Ambassadorial Fellow in Mumbai from 2008-2009. Carlin holds a bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College, a master's from the National University of Ireland and a master's diploma from the University of Mumbai.
México City community manager María Fernanda Carvallo (@fer_carvallo) is a specialist in social development who has focused on poverty eradication programs through a career working with indigenous people in rural and urban areas in Mexico, a health safety net policy for universal coverage, and project assessment to identify impact on stakeholders. She lectured on Social Policy and Development at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico. María Fernanda is interested in fostering development in urban and rural areas through the enhancement of community driven development, livelihood analysis, and the synergetic effort of different actors. She studied Political Science at the Tecnológico de Monterrey and holds a MSc. in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics (LSE). She currently belongs to the expert council of L21 Innovation and Social Development agency.
Nairobi community manager Katy Fentress (@whatktdoes) has spent the last five years working as a photographer and freelance journalist between Southern and Eastern Africa and the UK. She recently settled in Nairobi, where she has been producing stories that show an alternative face to Africa from the one usually portrayed in the media. Katy is driven by a desire to understand how people manage, in the face of overwhelming poverty, to realize their capabilities and become inspirations to their peers. She studied Anthropology at the University of Sussex and has a Masters in International Development from University College London.
Lagos community manager Victoria Okoye (@vickivictoriaO) is a community/urban planner who uses media and communications tools to insert community participation into urban-level planning and development. She has worked in urban water management, local economic development and master planning in Lagos, Kaduna and Abuja, urban transport planning and community mapping in Accra, and mapping water and sanitation activities throughout Ghana. Victoria studied journalism at the University of Missouri and holds an MS in Urban Planning and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University in New York.
Rio de Janeiro community manager Catalina Gomez (@CatalinaUrb) is a social and urban development specialist. She has worked as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank in the design and implementation of several development projects in various countries, including Colombia and Brazil. Her work has focused on poverty reduction programs as well as on urban upgrading interventions. She has a MSc. in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics (LSE), and she recently completed a fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she conducted research on informality and urban revitalization, as well as on effective social service provision at the local level.
Cairo community manager Howaida Kamel graduated from UC Berkeley with a double major in Development Studies and Environmental Economics & Policy. She has worked for Plan Egypt and Global Trade Matters, both of which focus on issues of urban poverty and social/economic public policies. A proud Egyptian, Howaida's interest in development stems from her experiences growing up in Cairo; now that she has returned, she hopes to make a positive impact on her home country's standard of living.
Dhaka's community on URB.im (@AUWurb) is managed by a group of students from the Research Center on Development and Humanitarian Action at the Asian University for Women (AUW). One of the major foci of the Research Center is urban management, governance, and poverty in Asia. AUW is a liberal arts institution for women from all over Asia, located in Bangladesh. With an international faculty and student body, AUW provides a critical pathway to leadership development, economic progress, and social and political equality.
Jakarta Community Manager Yuyun Harmono (@h4rmono) is an urban resident with rural soul. Born in a small town in East Java, he now lives in Jakarta working in economic justice. He was chosen as an Indonesian Action Partner for the Oxfam International Youth Partnership, was a member of the Earth Charter Youth Leadership Team, and a representative of the Jubilee South Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development. He has done research on precarity of migrant workers, focusing on rural development, migration, environmental, and labor issues. Yuyun recently helped organize Food Revolution Jakarta, a forum for food lovers, cooks, and farmers to foster healthy and sustainable food.
Jakarta Community Manager Nanda Ratna Astuti (@nandaratna) recently graduated from Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) with a degree in Regional and City Planning. She is particularly interested in how social media can lead to urban development. She represented ITB at Harvard's Project for Asia and International Relations Asia Conference in 2011, and spoke at Arte Polis's international conference in 2012.
Jakarta Community Manager Widya Anggraini (@WidyDen) is an urban planner with an economics and public policy background. She has worked for a city planning agency in the areas of child protection, youth and civil participation, women's empowerment, and good governance. She holds a Master Degree from Australia National University and just completed her non-degree program from MIT in Urban and Regional Studies, where she focused on land rights, community development, and community participation. She has lectured at the Pan Africaine de la Paix University in the Democratic Republic of Congo and has worked with two local organizations that teach illiterate rural women.