A view from the North. Rural areas in 2016: Vibrant or vacant?

Two images have dominated the northern media in recent months.The first is of desolation in remote, rural areas in Africa affected by drought, conflict or famine, such as in Somalia, northern Kenya or Darfur, Sudan. The second is a different kind of desolation - that of urban squalor as portrayed in the film «The Constant Gardener». Nairobi's Kibera, which provides a backdrop for the film, is a bustling shantytown with a population of ca.

Kenyan slum activists build climate change resilience from the bottom up

By: Lou del Bello

Date: 12 January 2017

Source: IRIN

Living in the Kenyan slum of Mukuru is hard enough, but when it rains it’s downright miserable. Streets flood, sewage overflows, homes are inundated. 

After each bout of torrential rain, Nairobi’s largest informal settlement is left a little shabbier, a little poorer, the community more insecure.

Indian slum dwellers pushed to city fringes face leaking pipes, lost jobs

By: Rina Chandran

Date: 9 January 2017

Source: Reuters

A commercial painter by trade, K. Raja dreamed of setting up his own business in Surya Nagar slum, in the southern Indian city of Chennai, where he had lived all his life.

But his dream faded last February, when he and about 1,000 other families were evicted with a day's notice and relocated 20 km (12.4 miles) away, their homes demolished.

'Help us upgrade, don't evict us': Sierra Leone's slum dwellers battle for their homes

By: Kieran Guilbert
Date: November 1st 2016
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

FREETOWN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When floods struck several slums across Sierra Leone's capital last year, 55-year-old Amienata Bangura was forced to flee as her small shop, stock and years of savings were wiped out.

Remaking the Urban Mosaic

Participatory and inclusive land readjustment, or PILaR for short, is a way of reorganizing the ownership of land in and around cities in a pro-poor way. It brings together land parcels belonging to different owners and treats them as a single unit for planning and infrastructure provision. The municipality reserves a portion of the land for roads and other public infrastructure, and returns the rest to the original owners. Each owner gets back a smaller parcel, but it is worth more because it now has road access and other services.

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October 2016

Can land-sharing dispel shadow of eviction for Uganda slum?

By: Yasin Kakande
Date: October 3rd 2016
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

KAMPALA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The bulldozers came after midnight, sirens wailing. Startled from their sleep, slum-dwellers on the outskirts of Uganda's capital Kampala dashed for safety as the diggers tore through wood, brick and corrugated iron.

Indonesian slum dwellers challenge eviction law in landmark case

By: Beh Lih Yi
Date: September 30th 2016
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

JAKARTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Slum dwellers in Indonesia have launched a landmark legal case to challenge a decades-old law which has been used to forcibly remove thousands of families, amid a wave of evictions in the country's capital.

Nepal: Private sector's role key for well-managed urbanization

By: Republica
Date: September 29th 2016
Source: My República

KATHMANDU, Sept 29: Experts have said that the private sector has a key role in ushering in well-managed urbanization in the country.

Ahead of the peace vote, Colombia's displaced slum dwellers dream of home

By: Anastasia Moloney
Date: September 27th 2016
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

ALTOS DE FLORIDA, Colombia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The ramshackle community of Altos de Florida and others slums dotted across the windswept hills on the outskirts of Bogota stretch to the horizon.

Here, hundreds of thousands of Colombians, who fled their homes to escape a five-decade war, live in mostly informal settlements struggling to scrape a living.