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Urban Poverty

A Seat at the Table: Demanding a Voice in Development

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 07.02.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Across the Global South, there is a slowly growing understanding that nobody can know the challenges and needs of the urban poor better than the urban poor themselves.

Stronger United: Workers' Unions Across the Global South

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

For the working poor, unions can provide a structure for voicing grievances and a collective power for bringing about change, often in the face of resistance. In this article, we travel from Mumbai and Bangalore to Tehran and Ho Chi Minh City to explore some of the struggles waged by unions to demand the rights of their members.

Two Birds With One Stone: Transforming Waste Into Biofuel

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Around the global south, cities struggle to provide electricity and energy to all their residents, and unsurprisingly, the poorest residents are most likely to remain disconnected from formal power systems. Many of the same cities also face an immense garbage challenge: what to do with overwhelming amounts of unsanitary and even toxic waste.

Baltimore and Beyond

Frank Islam | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact
Frank Islam

It may have been hard to live in Baltimore during those difficult and recessionary times. We don't know if it is harder for those in the underclass and grinding poverty living there today. We do know that it is not easy.

The Roots of Baltimore's Violence

Pedro Noguera | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Pedro Noguera

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, has called for calm and a return to normal. But "normal" in Baltimore is precisely the problem. What has passed for "normal" in Baltimore and countless other communities like it throughout America is unsustainable, and should be seen as unacceptable.

Formally Mapping Informality

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

One of the most valuable results of mapping informal settlements is highlighting that many self-built houses in the settlements are just as old as the city's first skyscrapers.

4 Ways Mapping Has Transformed Public Services in the Global South

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Modern digital mapping tools have transformed the potential of maps in urban development, allowing us to produce more detailed and sophisticated visualizations of cities. As access to these tools continues to expand, the resulting maps grow even richer.

America's Cities: An 'Urban Crisis' Ignored

Frank Islam | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
Frank Islam

We won't solve the nation's "urban crisis" by labeling it such. Not doing so, however, means that we will not even begin to address in a serious manner those issues that over time could eventually destroy many of our American cities as we have known them.

Inequalities and Exclusion of the Poor in the Global South: Four Cities Fight Back Through Aggressive Land Policy

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 02.14.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

While the goals of neighborhood revitalization are generally positive, if a government fails to actively incorporate policies that guarantee affordable housing and public spaces, revitalization becomes a euphemism for gentrification and exclusion of the poor.

How We Can Secure Better Mental Health For Poor Teens

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.30.2014 | Healthy Living

Poor teens who feel positively about their community may be protected from some of the damaging effects of poverty on mental health, according to new ...

The UN wants sustainable urban development, but what does that look like?

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

From the shortlist of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) the United Nations is considering, one goal calls for "inclusive, safe, resilient and susta...

Housing: More Than a Place to Live

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Building affordable housing is only the first step towards inclusive cities. As housing should be seen as an urban strategy to improve the overall quality of life for all citizens, affordable housing must be inclusive by design.

Involving the Urban Poor in Inclusive Housing

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 10.11.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Participatory planning integrates the poor and vulnerable into the housing development process and ensures that good intentions are translated into impact for the community.

Human Rights: How a Thriller Feature Film and In-home Toilets Help the Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Initiatives from Nairobi, Jakarta, Dhaka, and Mumbai provide solutions to issues ranging from discrimination against refugees to lack of access to sanitation. These solutions raise awareness and provide much-needed services for vulnerable communities.

Why Urban Poverty and Rural Life Are Interconnected in the Global South

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Urban poverty in the Global South does not occur in a vacuum: many of the urban poor are recent migrants from rural areas who have come to the city in search of a better life.

South-by-South: When to Bypass the Global North

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

South-South Cooperation refers to the exchange of resources, know-how and technology between countries in the Global South. While this transfer is sti...

On George Will, Paul Ryan and Assumptions About Urban Poverty

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

Yesterday is yesterday, and progress is happening. Nevertheless, George Will's piece about Paul Ryan's comments still carries some assumptions -- assumptions of choice -- at least linked to the past, even while condemning people who hear them as such.

Paul Ryan: 'Inner City' Remarks Had Nothing To Do With Race

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Thursday that his remarks on men not valuing work in the "inner city" were "inarticulate" and had nothing to do with race...

Her Own Rising Tide: Alfa's Story

Steve Mariotti | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

In a small office with in Jersey City, Alfa and Alex radiate confidence and energy. I sat stunned at Alfa's remarkable journey to get to this place, and the beautiful love that exists between them.

Bringing Urban Infrastructure to Communities On the Margins

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Informal settlements are especially underserved when it comes to infrastructure, and they often lack recognition from the government as well as the means to access necessities like clean water or healthcare.

Four Ways to Help New Migrant Populations

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Improving migrants' access to education, affordable housing, skill development programs and health care are key steps to helping these marginalized urban newcomers achieve their goal of social mobility.

Giving the Urban Poor Access to City Centers

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 02.05.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Whether through new infrastructure work, transportation initiatives or training programs, efforts to link informal settlements with the infrastructure of the formal city are well underway in cities across the globe.

4 Places Where Technology Is Empowering The Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Empowering the urban poor to pull themselves out of poverty is a sustainable, respectful, and effective way to encourage development. The following examples show how modern technology and traditional education methods are having a significant impact in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, Mumbai, Jakarta, and Mexico City.

Which Son Needs Money More? The Decisions of a Low-Income Working Mother

Judith Sandalow | Posted 11.09.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

Much of the rhetoric around budget cuts suggests that lawmakers make tough decisions, but to me Ms. P's decision about how to spend her last $50 is one of the toughest I can imagine.

'Gun Laws Won't Impact Us Here' In The Line Of Fire, Say Peace Workers: Part 3 Of 4

Suzanne Skees | Posted 10.02.2013 | Chicago
Suzanne Skees

Peacemaking circles, a cornerstone tool of the restorative justice movement, bring together victims and perpetrators, estranged or upset family members -- and on a weekly basis at The Center, members of opposing gangs.