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  • Three people stand talking in a street. A man, a woman and, in the middle, a young man wearing a face mask.

    A just recovery from COVID-19: young people from eight African cities speak out

    As cities across Africa start to lift pandemic restrictions, young people are hoping for a more equitable future. We report on a project that captured the perspectives of young people living in informal settlements in eight African cities

    24 May 2022 | Blog | Urban
  • Aerial view of informal housing.

    Data to drive informal settlement upgrading. Who generates it – and who owns it?

    Guest blogger Sheela Patel joins David Satterthwaite to reflect on the data needed to drive, inform and crucially support informal settlement upgrading. And how and by whom is it generated and used?

    3 March 2022 | Blog | Urban
  • People sit on the floor in  group under cover facing a standing man making a presentation/speech

    Building resilience to climate change through slum upgrading – the case of Jaga Mission in Odisha, India

    Citing the case of Jaga Mission, guest blogger Antarin Chakrabarty suggests that high-quality, community-driven slum upgrading programmes can contribute to climate change resilience

    7 February 2022 | Blog | Urban
  • Busy road with people and motorbikes.

    Film exploring the lives of urban refugees wins best documentary at Kenyan film festival

    A hard-hitting film telling the stories of Nairobi’s urban refugees in their own words has won best documentary at the Eldoret Film Festival. Made by young Kenyans in an informal settlement, IIED premiered the film in September 2020, timed to coincide with the opening of the UN General Assembly

    14 December 2021 | News | Urban
  • A woman burns off plastic in an informal settlement

    What women want – part two: to map vulnerability to climate change

    Guest blogger Sheela Patel continues her discussion of the priorities and needs of women living in informal settlements and tenements, highlighted by COVID-19. In this blog, she explains why women are ideally placed to map vulnerability to climate change in their community and city

    11 June 2021 | Blog | Gender
  • A man writing notes while a woman watches.

    Informal settlement data and local community responses to COVID-19 and climate risks

    This case study examines the deliberative and participatory processes used by Slum Dwellers International, focusing on two affiliated federations in Kenya and Malawi

    8 December 2020 | Article | Climate change
  • A group of people sit in a circle outside on grass.

    Engaging citizens for socially just climate action

    This project aims to understand community-led adaptation responses and citizen engagement mechanisms to strengthen locally led and socially just climate action and national level climate policy decision-making

    15 October 2020 | Project | Climate change
  • Woman walking on a pipe with garbage around.

    Call to international funders: address grassroots organisations’ priorities, not yours

    As COVID-19 persists and spreads, urban poor organisations need funding that is flexible enough to meet the evolving needs of their communities

    14 October 2020 | Blog | Urban
  • 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
  • A view from above of densely packed homes.

    Film launch: Protracted displacement and urban crises

    On Monday, 28 September 2020, IIED premiered a film telling the stories of urban refugees in Kenya. This event was held to coincide with the opening of the UN General Assembly and featured a Q&A with the documentary makers and other urban experts

    21 September 2020 | Event | Urban
  • Group of seated women looking in the same direction

    ‘Building back better’ means ‘building back fairer’ after COVID-19

    Karen Wong and Shahrin Mannan draw together insights from grassroots networks on moving towards a fairer world post-COVID-19

    31 July 2020 | Blog | Climate change
  • women distributing counting eggs

    New narratives for a 'new normal'

    Sheela Patel and Suranjana Gupta say the effective responses to coronavirus being generated by women at the grassroots emphasises the importance of including them in climate change planning

    22 July 2020 | Blog | Gender
  • A group of people at a handwashing facility

    Community-led COVID-19 response: the work of the Philippines Homeless People’s Federation

    Based on member interviews and accounts, the Philippines Homeless People’s Federation describes how community organisations have rallied to support vulnerable groups, hit hardest by the pandemic

    9 June 2020 | Blog | Poverty
  • A man walking in a flooded street

    Transitioning to a better global ‘new normal’

    COVID-19 has changed our world. To mark Earth Day 2020, and the global call to act on climate change, we ask: what lessons can we apply from the pandemic response to help tackle other global crises, including the climate emergency?

    22 April 2020 | Blog | Climate change
  • Two women walking in a slum

    COVID-19: on the front line where crisis meets normal

    It is time for the development community to rethink its attitude to risk. COVID-19 shows the need to challenge vertical hierarchies and top-down responses to global crises

    16 April 2020 | Blog | Communication
  • Hundreds of densely packed houses climb into the mountains

    Dealing with COVID-19 in the towns and cities of the global South

    Diana Mitlin looks at the particular challenges the COVID-19 outbreak will pose to people living in informal settlements, what steps can be taken to reach the populations in need, and how community organisation networks can be supported to scale up their efforts

    27 March 2020 | Blog | Urban
  • A road in Kibera informal settlement

    Climate activism and cities: a shared agenda

    In the second blog in our series considering the role social movements play in promoting climate action, Anna Walnycki reflects on where the climate movement and inclusive cities agenda meet, and why climate activists should look South to learn from long-standing urban community actors

    7 February 2020 | Blog | Climate change
  • Jockin Arputham, right, signs documents with Stellenbosch Mayor Sidego in South Africa

    IIED remembers Jockin Arputham

    IIED pays tribute to an inspirational leader and fighter for slum-dwellers' rights, who died on Saturday, aged 71

    15 October 2018 | News | Urban
  • There is often very little data available about people living in informal settlements such as these along the riverfront in Ahmedabad in India (Photo: Emmanuel Dyan, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Is urban development too complicated for us?

    Aid agency staff find it difficult to work in informal settlements. There is little or no data about their residents. For many, there are no maps or street names. There are often complex political struggles that frustrate development projects. But this can be addressed by working with grassroots organisations and federations – as they have the knowledge and it is their needs that aid is meant to be addressing

    17 May 2018 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • 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
  • Informal settlements lining the railway tracks in Mumbai (Photo: gloogun, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Ward diaries: crucial evidence for planning in Mumbai's slums

    Jockin Arputham, the president of Slum/Shack Dwellers International and founder of the National Slum Dwellers Federation in India, explains how data from slums, gathered by slum dwellers themselves, is helping to provide vital services where they are needed most

    28 November 2016 | Blog | Urban
  • Bimbo Osobe and Samuel Akinrolabu, members of the Nigerian Slum/Informal Settlement Federation, lead a march of residents of Lagos waterfront communities threatened with eviction, to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode's office to demand open dialogue with the government on alternatives to evictions of the urban poor (Photo: Andrew Maki)

    Is this too easy?

    Voices from grassroots communities are being heard at Habitat III, but will this make a difference where it counts? Diana Mitlin writes from Quito

    26 October 2016 | Blog | Water
  • Surveying residents in low-income housing in Vijinapura, India. Receiving accurate data about slums can help local authorities plan solutions (Photo: cstepin, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Co-producing urban innovation from the bottom up

    Finding alternatives to eviction: Teresa Corcoran reports on how urban poor organisations are working with local authorities to make cities more inclusive and resilient

    24 October 2016 | News | Climate change
  • A slum is upgraded in Zambia. Local urban poor organisations are working with local governments to solve problems, but need financial support (Photo: Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI), via Google licence)

    Show me the money!

    Ahead of a side event at Habitat III, Anna Walnycki highlights how funding is needed for grassroots upgrading of informal settlements in the face of evictions

    18 October 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • Washing in Kolkata. Urban poor groups must engage with city government and utility companies in order to become drivers for change (Photo: Wolfgang Sterneck, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Can global funds be accountable at the local level?

    Is it possible for global funds to be accountable to local communities – especially those whose needs the funds should address?

    9 August 2016 | Blog | Poverty
  • Women in Dhaka, Bangladesh queue to get access to a raised tube well; local indicators about access to water are essential for the SDGs (Photo: Development Planning Unit, UCL, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Where are the local indicators for the SDGs?

    As discussions on the SDG indicators are under way in New York, David Satterthwaite asks where are the indicators that report on local needs and support local action in urban areas

    9 March 2016 | Blog | Urban
  • It is estimated that Mumbai has the largest slum population of any city in the world, with more than half of its 12 million people living in informal settlements (Photo: Jon Baldock, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Why we do 'slum' profiles

    Jockin Arputham, the founder of the National Slum Dwellers Federation in India, explains the benefits of developing a slum-dweller led strategy for securing land tenure and services

    22 February 2016 | Blog | Urban
  • Waste pickers packing up the recyclable materials, Peru (Photo: Alex Proimos, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Workers in informal economy need say in global environmental agendas

    The green economy will benefit from better relations between urban authorities and informal workers and enterprises. Guest blogger Donald Brown examines ways to achieve this

    7 December 2015 | Blog | Economics
  • Community participation, with a strong focus on women, such as this women's savings group in Southern India, is vital to develop slum-friendly cities (Photo: Maria Andersson/Individuell Människohjälp, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    What might slum dwellers want from the SDGs?

    Jockin Arputham has been fighting for the rights of slum dwellers for nearly 50 years. Ahead of World Habitat Day, he highlights what the Sustainable Development Goals could mean for slum dwellers

    5 October 2015 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • How can decentralised finance drive sustainable development? A new interactive story produced by IIED's Human Settlements Group highlights successful examples from the global South (Image: Kiln/IIED)

    It's the thought that counts: how can Addis deliver for the world’s poorest?

    When the world's leaders meet in Addis to decide how they fund the SDGs, the real question is whether this money will support the world's poorest to shape their own futures

    8 July 2015 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • About the architecture of aid

    About the architecture of aid

    How can decentralised finance drive sustainable development? A new interactive story produced by IIED's Human Settlements Group highlights successful examples from the global South

    8 July 2015 | Article | Poverty
  • In urban and rural communities across the world, low income families lack the shelter and services they need to live with dignity, security, health and prosperity (Photo: IIED)

    References: how can decentralised finance drive sustainable development?

    The interactive presentation on architecture of aid describes two powerful examples of international funds that have supported community-based organisations at scale – the Urban Poor Fund International and the Asian Coalition for Community Action. Here are the sources used

    8 July 2015 | Article | Poverty
  • A community sanitation facility in Jinja, Uganda (Photo: David Dodman/IIED)

    World Toilet Day: People need equality and dignity when they 'have to go'

    On World Toilet Day on 19 November, our photoblog details the work of IIED and its partners to tackle the fact that 2.5 billion people lack access to basic sanitation

    18 November 2014 | Blog | Urban
  • Care workers in Guinea put on protective clothing (Photo: EC/ECHO)

    Ebola – what must we learn?

    The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is launching an unprecedented appeal in response to the Ebola crisis, but what lessons must we learn if we are to effectively and equitably tackle future shocks of this scale?

    30 October 2014 | Blog | Gender
  • An ecosan toilet in Mtandire settlement (Photo: Slum/Shack Dwellers International)

    Achieving universal sanitation: Sharing the experience of the SDI affiliate in Blantyre, Malawi

    Achieving universal sanitation is a major challenge. A joint delegation from Malawi came to World Water Week in Stockholm to share their work on sanitation in the city of Blantyre

    27 October 2014 | Blog | Urban
  • A tanker delivers water to residents in Retiro, a shanty town in Buenos Aires (Photo: Mark Edwards)

    Urban water and sanitation

    With water and sanitation recognised as human rights, IIED has been working with local partners to identify how sanitation can be improved in deprived urban locations

    1 September 2014 | Project | Poverty
  • 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
  • Communities and municipal authorities are working more closely together to improve Zimbabwe's low-income neighbourhoods (Photo: Diana Mitlin/IIED)

    Co-learning for inclusive cities

    Not so long ago in Zimbabwe, government officials and communities would have blamed each other for the poor state of high density, low-income neighbourhoods. But thanks to years of dialogue the two sides have come together.

    9 April 2014 | Blog | Poverty
  • Jockin Arputham, once an itinerant carpenter who slept outside, gives HRH Prince Charles an insight into urban development issues and a tour of Dharavi (Photo: SPARC)

    From slum-dwelling carpenter to US$1.25 million prize winner

    There's a surprising name on the list of winners of this year's US$1.25 million Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship

    8 April 2014 | Blog | Poverty
  • Jockin Arputham, who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2014, gives HRH Prince Charles an insight into urban development issues and a tour of Dharavi (Photo: SPARC)

    Slum dwellers nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

    Jockin Arputham and Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI), the largest urban slum dweller movement in the world, have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.

    13 February 2014 | News | 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
  • David Satterthwaite speaking at TEDxHamburg

    TEDx Talk: A small change to aid, a big impact on urban poverty

    One small change to how donors provide development aid could unlock the power of poor people in urban centres to address their own problems, says Dr David Satterthwaite, senior fellow in IIED’s Human Settlements Group.

    15 July 2013 | News | Communication
  • People stand on a sea-wall with a road and look out at the ocean.

    8 points on financing climate change adaptation in urban areas

    As the urgency for governments and international agencies to address climate change increases, an expert meeting identified eight key points on finance priorities.

    20 June 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • Pedicabs on the flooded streets of Manila, Philippines.

    How does a changing climate impact on urban poverty?

    When floods hit a city, usually low-income groups are hit hardest. The devastation that such disasters cause can be linked to the failure of city governments to manage growth and build infrastructure.

    28 March 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • Cebu, Phillipines

    6th World Urban Forum: will the agenda of slum and shack dwellers ever get considered?

    David Satterthwaite asks why representatives from the federations and networks of slum or shack dwellers were absent from almost all the official events and wonders when their priorities will get the attention they deserve.

    7 September 2012 | Blog | Urban
  • Women are gathered around a paper with squares on it talking.

    Why enumeration counts: documenting by the undocumented

    People living in informal settlements are often deliberately left out of official surveys and maps. Now they're documenting themselves.

    10 May 2012 | Blog | Urban
  • The Mahila Housing SEWA (Self-Employed Women's Association of India) Trust offers savings, loans and micro credit schemes (Photo: Shack/Slum Dwellers International, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    People power: the urban poor are now a force to be reckoned with

    Speakers at the "View from the streets" event in London showed how the urban poor can group together to bring about change

    17 October 2011 | Blog | Poverty
  • City without limits: keeping pace with the urban poor

    Celine D’Cruz, coordinator of Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI), talks about her work with IIED

    18 November 2008 | Article | Urban
  • World Urban Forum 2008

    Fourth session of the World Urban Forum, 03 - 06 November 2008, Nanjing, China Theme: Harmonious Urbanization: The Challenge of Balanced Territorial Development  

    30 October 2008 | Event | Urban
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