Safe cities and urban inclusion


August 2014 — One of the top priorities for building inclusive cities, safety still remains a big challenge in the Global South. Public spaces, work places, and roads are all places of potential danger, and political issues such as militarization and police corruption also result in insecurity. In these contexts, women and children are especially vulnerable.

This month's discussion focuses on solutions to safety-related issues such as crime, police corruption, militarization, perceived insecurity, child sexual abuse, road dangers, gender violence, street harassment, and even food insecurity. Read on to learn more about approaches to creating safe and inclusive cities, and then share your thoughts in the comments below.

More food, less violence?

Lilongwe, 1 August 2014 — Does hunger cause crime? Experience from Lilongwe suggests that it does, and that improving urban food security can reduce crime — including gender-based violence — during Malawi's "hunger months." To make this happen, the Lilongwe Urban Poor People's Network wants to tell the city's poor about the benefits of permaculture. See more.

 

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Inclusive planning and housing


July 2014 — Millions of poor people in cities of the Global South live in informal settlements with low-quality living conditions, due in large part to the lack of affordable and adequate housing. Policies are needed to regulate, support, and provide incentives for the development of affordable housing in both the private and the public sectors. In addition, such housing must be inclusive by design, so that the urban poor are integrated into local communities rather than being marginalized by income and class.

Follow this topic here during the month of July to see and discuss reports from the 23 cities in the URB.im network about efforts by governments, NGOs, and communities to make inclusive housing a reality — and please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Housing initiatives for workers in the growing ready-made garments sector

Dhaka, 29 July 2014 — In order to address the problem of housing for ready-made garment workers who frequently relocate to Dhaka from more suburban or rural areas, several NGOs are creating hostels and other housing initiatives to raise the quality of life for this expanding population. See more.

تأمين سكن للفقراء في القاهرة...هل هناك مخرج للأزمة؟

Cairo, 28 July 2014 — عندما نتحدث عن أزمة سكن الفقراء، فإن مشروع أشوكا الوطن العربي ساهم في حل تلك الأزمة إلى حد ما في مدينة القاهرة عن طريق استحداث منصة تمد المستفيدين بخدمات البناء والمواد السكنية والقروض الصغيرة في إطار مشروع المؤسسة -"منزل للجميع" إقرء المزيد

Tantangan pengembangan rumah susun bagi masyarakat berpenghasilan rendah

Jakarta, 27 Juli 2014 — Pemerintah Jakarta bertanggung jawab dalam penyediaan rumah susun bagi masyarakat miskin perkotaan. Tantangan utamanya adalah bagaimana menggandeng pihak developer dan pada saaat yang sama memberikan sanksi bagi mereka yang melangar. Penegakan hukum dan partisipasi aktif masyarakat dalam proses pembangunan membantu transparansi dan akuntabilitas kegiatan pembangunan. Baca lebih lanjut.

The market at the bottom of the housing pyramid

Bangalore, 25 July 2014 — Like many Indian cities, Bangalore is in dire need of new housing options to meet the needs of its working poor. With an increasing ability to pay and new financing approaches available, families residing in slums have the means to pay for better conditions, yet few alternatives exist. Ramesh Ramanathan launched an affordable housing initiative to fill this growing gap, but found many unexpected barriers along the way. See more.

Ciudad Verde: riesgos de los macro proyectos en Bogotá

Bogotá, 24 julio 2014 — Los macro proyectos se concibieron como una forma de aliviar los problemas de vivienda entre las familias con menos recursos. Las economías de escala y el marco regulatorio que facilitaba su construcción eran señalados como sus ventajas. La falta se servicios públicos y de infraestructura están plagando su implementación. Leer más.

Novo Plano Diretor de São Paulo: a necessidade de aumentar a qualidade de vida de todos os cidadãos

São Paulo, 23 julho 2014 — São Paulo está no processo de aprovação do seu novo Plano Diretor Estratégico, que irá determinar as novas diretrizes urbanísticas da cidade até 2030. O plano tem como principal proposta equalizar o acesso a oportunidades na cidade e o desafio de reduzir o déficit habitacional de 700 mil moradias. Leia mais.

 
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