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Where Are The World’s Worst Slums?

According to the UN, almost a billion people live in slums, with numbers set to rise in the future. So where are the world’s largest slums?


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David P. Ball ~ Answers To Affordable Housing Are ‘Everywhere’

Vancouverites love to gripe about real estate prices, arguably with good cause. But we may be ignoring solutions to our complaints that are sometimes right under our noses.
Just look two hours north — to the resort town of Whistler.

Twenty years ago the luxury tourist destination, an economic powerhouse for the province, faced a housing crisis. Trapped in a mountain valley, available land dwindled, real estate prices skyrocketed, and local employees wondered if they could afford to live there at all.
Sound familiar? Vancouver’s escalating crisis today is all too similar, with wealthy buyers and scarce land pushing more and more ordinary working families out of the city altogether.

As often from crisis, opportunities emerged in Whistler. In 1997 the municipality created a new public Whistler Housing Authority. Its first task: increase rental stock.

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Fritzie Rodriguez ~ Barong-Barong: State Of Poor Man’s Housing

WATER. Only 24% of poor households among the country's poorest provinces have access to running water, a 2015 World Food Programme survey shows. File photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler

WATER. Only 24% of poor households among the country’s poorest provinces have access to running water, a 2015 World Food Programme survey shows. File photo by Fritzie Rodriguez – Rappler

Home sweet home.
But what if one’s home lacks a family’s basic needs? Among the poorest provinces in the Philippines, the poor live in barong-barong (shanty) types – poorly constructed and temporary one-room shelters.

In a August 16 to September 5, 2015 survey sponsored by the World Food Programme (WFP), it was revealed that most poor households, if not shanties, are made of light and cheap materials.
The WFP found that 44% of households among the poorest provinces in the country were barong-barong types, while 47% were poorly constructed semi-permanent or temporary houses. The rest were made of mixed light and heavy materials.
Of the 16 poorest provinces, only the surveyed poor families in Masbate, Camiguin, and Sultan Kudarat reported permanent houses made of good quality materials. Meanwhile, Sarangani had the highest percentage of barong-barong types of housing.

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Erica Lee ~ “Indigenizing The Academy” Without Indigenous People: Who Can Teach Our Stories?

MoontimeWith the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report on residential schools in June 2015, “Indigenizing the Academy” is a hot topic in Canadian universities. As institutions explore the introduction of Indigenous content, we have to question what is defined as Indigenous content, who this content serves, and how the pursuit of “indigenizing the academy” can easily become exploitative.

In 2013, I helped put together a new syllabus for an Indigenous Philosophy class at my university. The philosophy department wouldn’t consider allowing someone without a PhD in philosophy teach this course, but pairing an Indigenous undergrad with a white philosophy professor was, apparently, acceptable. (Oh, the power dynamics.) Aware of the limitations of our knowledge, we created a course that was largely guest speakers: a roster of amazing Indigenous scholars and elders. This couldn’t have been done, practically or ethically, without immense support from the Indigenous Studies faculty.


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Recht te voet ~ Inhoudsopgave

Recht_Utrecht_omslagRecht te voet – Vreemde vogels en vrije geluiden uit juridisch Utrecht. Het boek is een rijk geïllustreerde bundel voor een breed publiek over onze democratische rechtsstaat met cultuurhistorische aspecten van Utrecht. De auteurs belichten aan de hand van plekken en wandelingen in de stad, onderwerpen, personen en ontwikkelingen. Belangrijker is de uitnodiging tot discussie, geformuleerd telkens aan het einde van een hoofdstuk in de vorm van een dilemma.

Het boek is bestemd voor iedereen die geïnteresseerd is in vraagstukken van de rechtsstaat. Studenten in recht, geschiedenis, gedragswetenschappen, bedrijfskunde en economie. Professionals en iedereen die mee wil denken en debatteren over mensenrechten, de rechtsstaat en de rule of law, vanuit de praktijk van alledag.
Stichting Recht te voet (Utrecht) ism Rozenberg Publishers (Amsterdam) ~ 2014 ~ ISBN 978 90 361 0393 0

De redactie van de bundel bestaat uit:
Willem Bekkers, Willem Hendrik Gispen, Corjo Jansen & Willem Noyons

Van de redactie
Voorwoord – Recht te voet  – Alex Brenninkmeijer
Hoofdstuk 1- Wandelen langs een fietsroute  – Paul Schnabel
Uitgelicht: Recht maakt krom wat recht is, en daar is niks kroms aan – Antoine Hol

Hoofdstuk 2 – Opmerkelijke processen – Kim van der Kraats
Uitgelicht: Volkerts van Dijk (1913 – 2008) – Willem Bekkers

Hoofdstuk 3 – De Utrechtse school – Willem Bekkers
Uitgelicht: Willem Pompe (1893 – 1968) Willem Bekkers

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