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Who is planning for? Planning with urbanisation and informality in Johannesburg's Spatial Development Framework

Johannesburg, 22 June 2015 — Johannesburg remains the focal point for economic opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa and is the largest city in South Africa. Facing global challenges such as increasing urbanisation and economic inequality, the City's current Spatial Development Framework is being prepared to guide public and private investment toward not only accommodating a growing population and an increase in informality, but using these to drive growth and urban sustainability. See more.

کوچه ای بهتر در محله ای فقیر

Tehran, 16 June 2015 —پروژه تخریب و بازسازی بافت های فرسوده شهری برای ساکنان این محلات عواقب اقتصادی و اجتماعی وخیمی به دنبال دارد. یک نمونه از این قبیل پروژه ها، محله "سلسبیل" در تهران است که در دهه 70 به دست بولدوزر سپرده شد. "کوچه بهتر" تجربه ای از مشارکت میان ساکنان و متخصصان شهری است که با هدف ارتقای وضعیت زندگی در این محله بازسازی شده، گرد هم آمده اند. ادامه مطلب.

Informal settlements: mediators between economic growth and human development

Delhi, 15 June 2015 — How can Delhi act not just as an engine of growth but also as an agent for greater social justice and environmental sustainability? This article describes the case of Lado Sarai, an urban village of South Delhi, examining strategies for consultation processes in informal settlements. See more.

Partisipasi yang membawa perubahan nyata

Surabaya, 10 Juni 2015 — Surabaya menjadi satu-satunya kota yang didatangi oleh Pelapor Khusus Perserikatan Bangsa-Bangsa (PBB) mengenai Hak atas Perumahan Layak tahun lalu karena dinilai berhasil menangani perumahan kumuh di Surabaya. Apa saja sebenarnya yang telah dilakukan pemerintah Surabaya serta kunci keberhasilannya sehingga membedakannya dengan daerah lain di Indonesia? Baca lebih lanjut.

From carts to trucks: efficiency in waste management

Lagos, 5 June 2015 — Inspired by garbage cart pushers and manual garbage collectors, the city of Lagos, through public-private partnerships, has scaled up the system of waste management and has allowed, to some degree, for the inclusion of informal trash collectors into the formal system. See more.

Reinventing Dharavi

Mumbai, 2 June 2015 — Dharavi is one of India's — and Asia's — best-known informal settlements. Much debate has centered around its future, but little has actually been done to improve the lives of its residents. To stimulate fresh thinking on how Dharavi can reinvent the future of urban transformation, Mumbai's Urban Design Research Institute sent out a global call for ideas — and the proposals that came back have reignited the debate on the future of the city's densest settlement. See more.

Hazard Centre: Institution-building through community empowerment

Delhi, 22 May 2015 — How do we empower communities so that they can find their own voice and build their own institutions? Read about the case of Hazard Centre, a Delhi-based NGO, and its role in a two-year-long consultation process with the residents of Kathputli Colony, the first in-situ development under Rajiv Awas Yojana. See more.

Tecendo redes de cooperação na Maré, um dos maiores complexos de favelas do Rio

Rio de Janeiro, 19 maio 2015 — A Redes de Desenvolvimento da Maré é uma instituição da sociedade civil que articula pessoas e organizações para implementar projetos de transformação estrutural na região. Nesse artigo, seu diretor Edson Diniz fala ao URB.im sobre as soluções que encontrou para dialogar com diferentes agentes sociais e para ter mais agilidade e efetividade em suas ações. Leia mais.

A talk show radio programme and enumerations in Malawi

Lilongwe, 18 May 2015 — Without platforms to project their voice, the urban poor suffer in silence. A radio programme and enumeration-driven Community Strategic Plans in Malawi are challenging power and putting urban poverty issues in sharp focus for action. See more.

PrepCom 2 stalls on rules of procedure, issue to await U.N. General Assembly

Lack of agreement means participation by local authorities and stakeholders is up in the air for Habitat III process. Read more.