"The federation model of community organizing" - Sheela Patel, Slum Dwellers International

In the past two decades through a process called “Enumeration” through which the members collect at city level data about slums, Slum Dwellers International have created a mechanism which serves to create a city wide network of urban informal settlements with the intention of the dwellers to see themselves as part of a larger subsection of the city, whose needs have been neglected and whose voice has to reach the city and the national government.

Returning Home; Supporting Conflict Affected People through Housing

In May 2009, three decades of conflict came to end in Sri Lanka. While the entire country had suffered as a result, districts in the North and East were devastated. Families were displaced on multiple occasions, compelled to leave their homes for many years. When people eventually returned to their villages, most of their houses had been either badly damaged or completely destroyed. As the majority of people affected were relatively poor with marginal incomes and little or no savings, they were unable to sustain major financial shocks, especially the loss of livelihoods and housing.

Kibera: Integrated Water Sanitation and Waste Management Project

This book documents the processes, challenges and related successes of a pilot project on slum upgrading in Soweto East villages of Kibera informal settlement, Nairobi. As a post project intervention assessment report, it focuses on distilling lessons learnt and best practices with a view of informing future strategies and policy decisions on slum upgrading interventions for similar urban settlements in any part of the world.

Cameroun: Profil Urbain National du Cameroun - French Language Version

Les villes camerounaises, particulièrement les plus grandes d’entre elles, sont confrontées à de nombreuses difficultés liées à la prolifération de l’habitat spontané, à l’insalubrité, à l’enclavement de certains quartiers sous intégrés, à l’insécurité, au chômage et à la montée du grand banditisme. Au rythme actuel d’urbanisation (5% de croissance en moyenne annuelle), près de 60 % de la population camerounaise vivront dans les villes à l’horizon de 2015. 

Cameroun: Profil Urbain de Kribi

Petite ville côtière du Cameroun, Kribi est située à la croisée de trois importantes routes nationales (P-8, N-7 et N-17). Dotée d’une population totale de plus de 60,000 habitants et située dans un lieu privilégié, elle dispose donc d’atouts important au niveau économique tel le tourisme et l’existence d’un port maritime bien positionné.

The State of Planning in Africa , An Overview

This report presents an overview of the state of planning in Africa. It is the result of research carried out by the African Planners Association among 15 of its affiliate member countries - Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The research, carried out in 2012, provides a perspective of the roles of urban and regional planners within the process of settlement formation, urbanization and rural development.

Fostering resilience through community based innovation - Mary Rowe, Municipal Art Society of New York

Based on her work experience in post-Katrina New Orleans and post-Sandy New York City, the Municipal Art Society of New York's Director of Urban Resilience and Livability, Mary Rowe, discusses the role of self-organization and granular innovation in urban resilience-building.  Highlighting examples from New Orleans, New York City, and cities around the globe, Ms. Rowe focuses on the need for a collaborative process to build resilience that takes advantage of the systems and features already in place in the urban ecosystem.