De bloei van de zogenoemde ‘indiaanse of inheemse theologie’ in de afgelopen twintig jaar in Latijns-Amerika is een indicatie voor de diverse veranderingen die er plaats hebben gevonden op politiek, cultureel en kerkelijk gebied. Deze veranderingen zijn niet homogeen van aard en er bestaat al helemaal geen consensus over de interpretatie ervan. Sinds 1990 worden er zogenoemde Continentale Bijeenkomsten over de ‘indiaanse theologie’ georganiseerd, welke mede werden geïnspireerd door de mijlpaal van vijfhonderdste verjaardag sinds de verovering van Abya Yala (het inheemse woord voor het Amerikaanse continent) en de gunstige politieke conjunctuur met betrekking tot de Indianen. In dit artikel probeer ik een interculturele en interreligieuze analyse te geven van deze ontwikkelingen en de gevolgen hiervan voor de religie in de Andes. Read more
A Collaborative Studio and Research Project, Spring 2011
Rahul Mehrotra, Chair of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard Graduate School of Design, provided the leadership for this studio and research project with collaboration from
Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Business School, Real Estate Academic Initiative at Harvard University and the Loeb Fellowship at the Graduate School of Design.
Policy Innovations. October, 15, 2012. Very little aid is actually available to low-income urban groups and grassroots organizations. If it is, it is subject to the conditions and priorities established by the aid provider. The Asian Coalition for Community Action (ACCA) is challenging this funding model by providing small grants to low-income communities for the initiatives they choose and supporting these communities to work together and work with their local governments.
Around one in seven of the world’s population lives in informal settlements in urban areas. City economies would collapse without their labor and the goods and services from informal enterprises—yet city governments often ignore them or see them only as a problem. In the absence of support from local governments, aid agencies, or development banks, they have had to manage by themselves. They’ve built a high proportion of all new housing in informal settlements with insecure tenure because they cannot get land legally and have often built on land ill-suited to housing because they were not allowed to settle on good quality land. They struggle to cope with problems such as regular flooding, and face high levels of fire risk (caused by widespread use of candles, kerosene lamps, and stoves in houses constructed from flammable materials located very close together). They face the constant threat of eviction—or actual eviction.
The Asian Coalition for Community Action (ACCA) sees these people, and the grassroots organizations they form, as the basis for urban development.
housingfinanceafrica.org. October 2012. The third edition of the housing finance in Africa yearbook is out, and can be downloaded. In this year’s edition we have included 35 country profiles and 4 regional profiles of housing finance systems across Africa, updating the existing 29 and adding ten more since the 2011 Yearbook.
This year five countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Niger and Mali; and two regions: North Africa and UEMOA have been translated into French and are available for download.
The yearbook is released annually and it explores the state and opportunities of housing and housing finance markets across different African countries.
Many thanks to our sponsors: the African Union for Housing Finance, Shelter Afrique, First National Bank, International Housing Solutions, Old Mutual Investment Group: Alternative Investment, the International Finance Corporation, and, of course UKaid.
The Cases Of Nairobi, Kenya And Johannesburg, South Africa
ajol.info This paper presents an outline case for use of ‘housing networks concept’ to unpack housing problems in the context of Johannesburg, South Africa and Nairobi, Kenya.
It begins by defining housing networks and outlining areas of knowledge where the ‘networks concept’ has been used. The paper then develops a case for application of ‘networks’ in understanding urban housing problems, focusing on the roles of the state, the market and civil society.
It explores resource origins, allocation, flows and destination in low-income housing in Nairobi, Kenya and Johannesburg, South Africa. The paper argues that the networks for land delivery make land inaccessible for the low-income in both cities. The means of accessing finance for housing available to the poor tend to be exploitative despite government regulation in the case of Johannesburg. Provision of infrastructure, services and social amenities ignore the collective resources of the low-income. Labour and sweat equity concepts are misplaced in light of cheap labour and unemployment, particularly in Nairobi. Building standards, materials and technology favour the upper- income despite allowance in both cities for lower building standards.
Key lessons and conclusions are drawn at the end.
Download full text: http://www.ajol.info/
citiesalliance.org – Slum upgrading is a process through which informal areas are gradually improved, formalised and incorporated into the city itself, through extending land, services and citizenship to slum dwellers.It involves providing slum dwellers with the economic, social, institutional and community services available to other citizens. These services include legal (land tenure), physical (infrastructure), social (crime or education, for example) or economic.
Slum upgrading is not simply about water or drainage or housing. It is about putting into motion the economic, social, institutional and community activities that are needed to turn around downward trends in an area. These activities should be undertaken cooperatively among all parties involved—residents, community groups, businesses as well as local and national authorities if applicable.
The activities tend to include the provision of basic services such as housing, streets, footpaths, drainage, clean water, sanitation, and sewage disposal. Often, access to education and health care are also part of upgrading.
In addition to basic services, one of the key elements of slum upgrading is legalising or regularising properties and bringing secure land tenure to residents.
Ultimately, upgrading efforts aim to create a dynamic in the community where there is a sense of ownership, entitlement and inward investment in the area.
Read more: About Slum Upgrading