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Gendering development planning to address persistent quality of life challenges

Nairobi, 13 November 2014 — Informal settlements in Nairobi pose unique challenges to urban development, public health, and environmentally sustainable land planning and policy actualization. Transformative grassroots efforts to address these challenges are making headway towards minimizing some of the complex inequalities associated with life in Nairobi's informal tenements. See more.

Twenty years to define resettlement

Ho Chi Minh City, 12 November 2014 — Resettlement, or the movement of informal groups into government-built or supported housing projects, has always been high on Ho Chi Minh City's agenda over the past 20 years. However, housing-focused resettlement projects have proven to be an incomplete solution, failing to consider other essential needs. Recently, the city has started to consider the idea of "integrated resettlement." See more.

Securing a right to city space

Dar es Salaam, 11 November 2014 — Land is an asset, but land policy and planning often sees "the land issue" across cities in the Global South as an issue of informality. Through the case of Dar es Salaam, this article focuses on land dynamics and solutions proposing security of tenure. Such solutions recognise that the issue is not a lack of access to land, but rather focus on changing the vulnerabilities in claiming a right to land. See more.

Informalizing the formal: The forays and the futures of street trading in Cape Town's CBD

Cape Town, 10 November 2014 — South Africa's various neo-liberal centered urban regeneration models to attract formal business back into the CBDs have had mixed results for informal trading practices. In Cape Town CBD their numbers and permitted places of trade are highly restricted. Recent new policy directions, however, suggest a more "progressive" approach, but this needs to be supported by political will and implemented into urban space with imagination to bring about significant change. See more.

Planeamiento para resolver los problemas causados por el crecimiento informal

Bogotá, 7 noviembre 2014 — El planeamiento debe anteceder el crecimiento urbano. La realidad es a menudo diferente: el crecimiento se produce de forma informal, y luego se utiliza el planeamiento para intentar resolver los problemas. Tal es el caso de Fenicia, un triángulo cerca del centro histórico, que creció de forma informal y ahora es el objeto de un ambicioso plan de renovación urbana. Leer más.

Regularisation of land titles: Who benefits?

Lagos, 6 November 2014 — The rapid urbanization of Lagos increases occupancy of unallocated land. The increasing need to accommodate large populations of land squatters and obtain better records of land use for taxation has led to a policy culminating in tenancy security for squatters. However, how well the process and improvements work is debatable. See more.

Seventy-six percent invisible

Lilongwe, 5 November 2014 — Government inability to address the poor living conditions of the majority of Lilongwe's residents has left a void increasingly filled by civil society actors. Official city development strategies, however, help legitimise their work. See more.

Formalización de lo informal a través de titularización de tierras

Caracas, 4 noviembre 2014 — Una nueva iniciativa en Caracas tiene como objetivo dar títulos de propiedad a más de 100 000 familias que viven en la ciudad informal. Su impacto puede ayudar a disminuir la barrera entre ciudades formales e informales. No obstante, la planificación urbana debe ir mano a mano con este proceso. Leer más.

What does the future hold for Mumbai's Eastern Waterfront?

Mumbai, 3 November 2014 — Mumbai's Eastern Waterfront — a fading dockyard area — has huge potential to be a lively area of activity for all Mumbaikers. Its 1,800 acres have largely been left out of city plans, but since a highway has reconnected that area to the central business district, new plans have emerged. Will it be transformed into a much-needed public space or area for affordable housing? Or will developers get hold of it and make the city's coastline into malls and megastores? See more.

Sustainability or transformation? City futures in Cape Town and the global South

Cape Town, 22 September 2014 — Cape Town, like other cities in South Africa and globally, has begun speaking a discourse around 'sustainability'. The renewable energy industry in South Africa is already one of the fastest-growing in the world, but increasingly a balance will need to be struck between returns for the private sector investment required and the needs of the broader society. If left unchecked, 'green' ventures may well turn into a new kind of hegemony, justifying further investment in the wealthiest areas at the expense of the poorest. See more.