Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Vulnerability of informal settlements in the context of rapid urbanization and climate change

Rapid urbanization and climate change together increase the vulnerability of poor urban communities to natural hazards, undermining urban resilience. It is therefore critical to identify and deepen our understanding of … Continue reading

Sunday, 3 March 2019 · Leave a comment

Know Your City: Slum Dwellers Count

In February 2018, Slum Dwellers International (SDI) launched a landmark publication titled “Know Your City: Slum Dwellers Count,” showcasing the extraordinary contribution of the Know Your City (KYC) campaign to … Continue reading

Thursday, 26 April 2018 · Leave a comment

Resilient slums

A series of blogs by Deepika Andavarapu discussing different dimensions of resilience through the story of Pedda Jalaripeta (PJ), a slum in the City of Visakhapatnam, India, which retained its socio-cultural identity over … Continue reading

Sunday, 4 June 2017 · Leave a comment

A new urban agenda?

David Satterthwaite – Will Habitat III Get Buy-In From Local Actors? The text for what is termed “The New Urban Agenda” is being prepared for agreement by national government representatives … Continue reading

Thursday, 24 March 2016 · Leave a comment

How Durban set the global standard for providing water and sanitation for the poor

Arguably the most elegant aspect of an inelegant subject is how this city of 3.2 million residents, South Africa’s second largest, is solving monumental water and waste challenges in its … Continue reading

Friday, 12 February 2016 · Leave a comment

Making the invisible visible: generating data on ‘slums’ at local, city and global scales

The largest and most detailed set of data about what are termed ‘slums’ or ‘informal settlements’ has been built from enumerations undertaken by the residents of these settlements and their … Continue reading

Tuesday, 2 February 2016 · Leave a comment

The challenge and potential of informal settlements

The United Nations estimates that more than 860 million people are currently living in urban slums! On the one hand, the proportion of people in slums today is lower than … Continue reading

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 · Leave a comment

What might Slum Dwellers want from the SDGs?

This blog is drawn from an interview with Jockin Arputham who founded the first national slum dweller federation in India in 1976 and went on to ally this with Mahila Milan, … Continue reading

Monday, 5 October 2015 · Leave a comment

Upgrading Informal Settlements in an Urbanizing World

Rapid urbanization is a daunting challenge for cities with large and growing informal settlements. Slum upgrading projects sometimes fail to achieve their intended purpose. Worse, some cities use slum clearance … Continue reading

Thursday, 4 September 2014 · Leave a comment