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  • Building split in half

    From protector to evictor of slum residents – reversal of roles for the judiciary

    Guest blogger Arif Hasan reflects on the seismic shift in attitude in the criminal justice system he has observed over his 50 years as teacher, researcher, writer, activist, architect and advisor to government and civil society in Karachi. He illustrates this by examining recent court judgements – and their possible causes

    24 February 2022 | Blog | Urban
  • A woman crouches on the flor next to a stove to make a meal

    Multiple housing and climate-related vulnerabilities of informal workers in Indore, India

    While informal workers in Indore, India contend with multi-faceted vulnerabilities, recent research shows a gradual transition towards resilience. Guest bloggers Siddharth Agarwal and Kanupriya Kothiwal discuss the findings.

    16 December 2021 | Blog | Urban
  • Informal housing by the river.

    Upgrading informal settlements in the global South: transforming relations with government, transforming lives

    Upgrading rather than bulldozing is becoming the mainstream government response to deal with informal settlements in many nations – done well, this can be transformative for residents and their communities but the opportunity is often missed

    5 October 2021 | Blog | Urban
  • A house on stilts above a body of water.

    Introduction to housing justice

    IIED’s programme of work on housing builds partnerships and research that informs community-led and resilient housing responses in cities of the global South

    5 October 2021 | Article | Urban
  • Table with coloured papers and someone writing on a notebook

    Knowledge in action for urban equality

    Growing inequality is a key challenge to advance inclusive and sustainable urban development in the global South. IIED is a partner in the ‘Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality’ (KNOW) programme, which aims to address urban inequalities through knowledge co-production, transformative research and capacity-building activities

    28 September 2021 | Project | Urban
  • Hundreds of homes are crammed together up the side of a hill

    Q&A: Achieving housing rights for all: issues and recommendations

    How can we address the global housing crisis, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic? Housing experts answer questions from a recent webinar that discussed housing insufficiency around the world

    22 October 2020 | Article | Policy and planning
  • Housing in informal settlement.

    Getting housing back onto the development agenda in the time of COVID-19

    Ahead of this year’s World Habitat Day themed ‘Housing for All’, David Satterthwaite sets out why adequate housing is fundamental for health, safety, inclusion in society, and access to employment and services – and for preventing the spread of COVID-19

    2 October 2020 | Blog | Urban
  • Houses view from above.

    COVID-19 and the housing crisis in the global South – time for change

    COVID-19 has highlighted the significance of housing for citizen wellbeing, particularly in the global South. IIED hosted an online event on Monday, 5 October to discuss what we have learned from previous interventions and COVID-19 to tackle the housing crisis

    17 September 2020 | Event | Urban
  • A busy street

    The rise of Nairobi’s concrete tenement jungle

    Guest blogger Baraka Mwau describes how the transition to ‘low-cost’ rental housing in Nairobi is unfolding

    31 July 2019 | Blog | Poverty
  • A daily savings book: local savings groups collect small payments from slum dwellers which can be leveraged to support slum upgrading projects (Photo: SDI, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Transforming aid for urban areas

    There is a new way to finance community-driven development, working with local funds set up and managed by grassroots organisations. This can work well at scale with local governments to meet basic needs and reduce urban poverty. David Satterthwaite explains why it’s time external agencies took note of this

    4 September 2018 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • An aerial view of London. Southwark, on the left, is surprisingly undense (Photo: David, Bergin, Emmett and Elliott, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    How can compact cities keep house prices under control?

    A new study shows that increasing population density within cities generates significant economic benefits. But successfully harnessing the power of compact cities also requires large-scale investments in transport and housing

    14 September 2017 | Blog | Urban
  • Community leaders in the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia planning with staff from the Namibia Housing Action Group (Photo: Diana Mitlin/IIED)

    Financial inequalities; defining our age

    A decade on from the global financial crisis, can the world's banks and financial institutions learn about value and values from grassroots savings schemes that help the world's lowest-income people?

    22 August 2017 | Blog | Economics
  • An image of a man with a wheelbarrow in the Kibera informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya, the biggest in Africa and one of the biggest in the world. The rights of all must be incorporated into the 'new urban agenda' (Photo: Steffan Jensen/, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Recognising urban rights: global debates and local struggles

    Global debates can help frame how human rights in the city are recognised but are often far removed from processes that affirm rights at local level

    26 May 2016 | Blog | Urban
  • Residents of Tsandi, a settlement in the Omusati region of northern Namibia, look at the community-led sanitation installation for houses being built by the Shack Dwellers' Federation of Namibia (Photo: Diana Mitlin/IIED)

    Namibia's women lead the way in housing development

    Persistence, celebration and the First Lady's help have turned around the fortunes of women's savings organisations helping to meet Namibia's housing needs

    10 September 2015 | Blog | Urban
  • A community planning workshop in Cambodia (Photo: Diana Mitlin/IIED)

    Improving housing in Asia – and turning traditional top-down funding on its head

    Community involvement in improving housing for low income families in Asian cities is changing approaches to funding – and delivering impressive results as well

    11 March 2015 | Blog | Urban
  • Community reblocking to improve settlement design and the quality of the neighbourhood in Namibia (Photo: Diana Mitlin/IIED)

    Namibia shows how to support low cost housing

    Around a quarter of Namibians live in informal urban neighbourhoods; they live without secure tenure and without adequate access to services. So how has the country gained its reputation for progressive state action on housing?

    13 June 2014 | Blog | Poverty
  • Watch the Karachi Rising film

    The houses that Karachi's poor want

    Karachi is building upwards to house its expanding population, but unregulated building leaves poor families at risk. An IIED film outlines solutions that could benefit the city, says Suzanne Fisher

    23 April 2014 | Blog | Poverty
  • Closing sacks of sorted plastic for recycling at the Banvari Compound at Dharavi.Credit Meena Kadri. Creative Commons.

    Work and shelter – two struggles, one reality

    Urban development programmes have tended to treat livelihoods and shelter as separate problems to solve, when in fact they are closely linked. Grassroots organisations are increasingly seeking ways to tackle these challenges together.

    9 December 2013 | Blog | Poverty
  • Outdoor workers in Da Nang are prone to heat stress. Credit: COHED.

    To build climate resilience cities must assess diverse drivers of vulnerability

    Three new studies from Vietnam show how research can help governments devise solutions that help their citizens adapt to the effects of climate change.

    30 October 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • New issue of 'Environment and Urbanization' - Vol 21, No 2. 'Secure land for housing and urban development'

    In urban areas, the struggle by low-income groups to get housing and basic services is often a struggle to get land on which to build or to get tenure of land they already occupy.

    15 October 2009 | News | Poverty
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