Collaborate Groups, projects & programmes, discussions, Q&A

Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 18:23
Slum Dwellers International (SDI) and WIEGO are the co-chairs of the Grassroots Partner Constituent Group of the General Assembly of Partners, which brings together 15 such interest groups to speak with one voice on behalf of civil society in the Habitat III process. Cities Today US Reporter, Mythili Sampathkumar, spoke to Rose Molokoane, the National Coordinator for the South African Federation of the Urban Poor (FEDUP), affiliate of SDI and co-Chair of the Grassroots Constituent Group What is your role in the New Urban Agenda?   I am representing the large number of [poor] communities and 7... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 19:33
From activism to effective advocacy: A step-by-step guide for stakeholders.  Effective advocacy requires the shedding of sweat and tears by dedicated activists who brave the front lines in the struggle for justice. These struggles can take place in a number of settings, from the grass roots to the halls of power where policymakers do their work. Nevertheless, even the most seasoned activists may balk at the notion of taking their advocacy to the United Nations, a place where it is difficult to quickly understand the ins and outs of diplomacy and decorum. While the U. N. system may seem like a... Read more
Posted on Monday, April 25, 2016 - 10:44
Uganda — Located on Lake Victoria at the source of the River Nile, Jinja is literally a breath of fresh air for Ugandans and tourists who come to escape the chaos of Kampala, the capital city two hours west of here. Jinja is still relatively small, as urban areas go — about 80,000 people live here and another 350,000 in the surrounding region. But like many “secondary” cities in sub-Saharan Africa, Jinja is poised to grow rapidly in the coming decades as migrants from rural areas arrive seeking jobs. Already home to two hydropower plants, four steel companies, two international hospitals and... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 10:23
In the wake of proposed joint public – private partnership (PPPs) venture for Urban Renewal and Redevelopment of Old Estates in Mombasa County, there has been a debate on public housing in Kenya.  Urban Renewal and Redevelopment is a great initiative and indeed a duty of the County Governments in conjunction with Urban Management Boards. The issue at hand, however, is that housing is a human right and not mere entrepreneurial venture. As such there is a need for ventures such as that proposed by the County Government of Mombasa to fulfil rigorous public security and protect it from... Read more
Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 11:20
The first column argued that urbanisation was not natural or inevitable, but a direct result of the forces of capitalism.  The second examined how the Urban Industry actively misinforms through hyperbole on the benefits of an urbanised life – and claimed that everything we thought we knew about cities being wrong. This column examines the philosophical underpinnings of the Urban Industry. It looks at how the "idea of progress" that argues cities are a symbol of human advancement was born, is embedded and continues to be transmitted, despite its deeply problematic foundations. Urbanisation is... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 11:24
Africa has the world's deadliest roads: Why this could actually be a design problem—and how every trip cheats death Every time you pass an oncoming car successfully you are cheating death, and whenever you overtake another vehicle you are knocking on heaven’s door MZUZU is a nice town in northern Malawi, full of the usual: dust clouds, blustering hawkers, charming smiles and over-exuberant servings at food kiosks. Not long ago, I took a road trip from Nairobi to Blantyre, going all the way by public transport through Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi, on a combination of large 60-seater buses,... Read more
Posted on Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 10:05
Landscape architect Kristina Hill focuses on helping cities adapt to climate change, particularly sea level rise. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, she discusses the challenges, solutions, and costs of saving cities from encroaching oceans.   Sea levels are rising faster than they have in at least 28 centuries, according to recent research, and by 2100, they are expected to rise by one to four feet — possibly even higher. If emissions go unchecked and polar ice sheets melt on a large scale, global sea levels could climb by dozens of feet in the coming centuries. From Shanghai and... Read more
Posted on Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 08:58
The natural environment of eThekwini, the city also known as Durban, has been put under severe pressure due to rapid urbanization and climate change. These have contributed to the degradation of the City’s environmental assets, such as rare and threatened ecosystems, rivers and coastal wetlands, undermining the wellbeing of people and the economic prospects of the City, according to a World Bank report released on March 1. The report, Promoting Green Urban Development in African Cities: provides an urban environmental profile of the City of eThekwini. It notes that the City, has developed in... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 10:48
Climate change is leading to significant migration in Kenya, dividing loved-ones and driving families apart. Meet Teresina, whose husband Julius has been forced to move hundred of miles away to earn an income to keep his children in school. It’s said that absence makes the heart grow fonder. As couples around the world look forward to celebrating Valentine’s Day, Teresina Karimi from Kenya dreams of being with her husband, who lives hundreds of miles away. “I miss him but there are no options here. There is nothing else that we can do,” Teresina Karimi (45) says, sheltering under the rim of... Read more
Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 09:28
Sufficient fresh water; universal access to cleaner energy; the ability to travel efficiently from one point to another; a sense of safety and security: These are the kinds of promises modern cities must fulfill if they are to stay competitive and provide a decent quality of life to their citizens. By 2050, 66 percent of the world’s population is expected to live in urban areas. The challenge will be to supply these populations with basic resources like safe food, clean water and sufficient energy, while also ensuring overall economic, social and environmental sustainability. Already today,... Read more