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Mapping Technologies for the Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Mapping people, places, and characteristics of urban spaces is essential for understanding cities and their residents in the Global South, and data visualization is crucial for development interventions.

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

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 04.02.2014 | 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.

Fighting Illiteracy and Digital Exclusion: Five Proven Solutions

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.19.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Literacy is a fundamental human right, one that opens doors to other rights, to empowerment and to integration.

Can Slums Be Used as Laboratories for Urban Improvement?

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Slums in the Global South are often used as "laboratories of urbanism," where initiatives are experimentally "tried out." While this approach encourages self-invention in slums, it can also be highly controversial to use informal communities as experimental territory.

These Four Cities Are Making Youth Empowerment A Priority

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 04.18.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

A pressing question for many cities is how to create the right educational, social, and economic opportunities for young people so that they gain the tools to build strong foundations for adulthood.

From Bangalore to São Paulo: How Five Cities Are Tackling the Problem of Toxic Waste

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Many substances -- including electronic waste -- pose all sorts of dangers to the health of individuals and the environment.

Youth Surfing Diversion Fights Drugs, Crime and Education Deficit in Peru

Zachary A. Bennett | Posted 03.29.2014 | Impact
Zachary A. Bennett

As the sun rises over the ocean coast of Peru, small waves roll in, hitting the shores of Chorrillos, a district within Lima, Peru. Behind Chorrillos -- up on what appears to be a shantytown on a sand dune -- 20 children, 8 to 15 years old, are soon getting ready to surf.

Five Ways to Improve Working Conditions in the Global South

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

They are determined to open up a dialogue with city officials and to negotiate a set of basic rights that will formalize their line of work.

By 2050, 2 Billion People Will Live In Slums

www.theatlanticcities.com | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

By 2050, the world's urban population will swell to 6.25 billion, with 5.1 billion people living in cities in the developing world. Of these, as many ...

Why Migrants Are Our Untapped Potential

Jonathan Hursh | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Hursh

Whether we can provide a framework that gives urban migrants outlets for their energy and aspiration is set to become a defining issue of the 21st century.

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.

How Are Africans Responding to the Terror at Westgate

Digital Divide Data | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Digital Divide Data

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgNow in the aftermath of the assault, a question is posed to us Kenyans, a question I ask myself: Do I seek revenge?

Social Inclusion: Four Successful Initiatives and One Missed Opportunity

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Marginalized communities are often situated in slum areas that lack access to proper transportation, Internet coverage and other necessary services that would allow them to become included citizens.

Slum Dreams

Hult Prize: Team AIM | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Hult Prize: Team AIM

Today are the four of us and our business plan. We have brainstormed over this dream of ours for months now, and the more we learnt about the business we were entering, the more we understood the value of our role in it.

How Art Helps Slum Residents in the Global South

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

A number of impressive initiatives across the global south are using art to empower marginalized communities. Whether it is through museums in Rio de Janeiro or film production in Nairobi, several projects are giving the poor a voice.

Slums on the Reel

Maria Grazia Pozzi | Posted 11.06.2013 | World
Maria Grazia Pozzi

The growing urban slums are nowadays the invisible side of our global cities; movies can become an effective tool for changing this tendency by making these invisible stories visible to the public at large.

Five Creative Solutions To Give Slum Children Access To Education

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 10.27.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

This vicious cycle of poverty is one of the biggest issues in development, and necessitates significant creativity to problem solving.

Innovation for Health: How Text Messages and Micro-Insurance Help the Urban Poor Stay Healthy

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 09.16.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Slum residents across the Global South lack access to affordable health care services. Despite a pervasive lack of funding, often mediocre infrastruct...

Standing up Against Forced Evictions: How Slum Dwellers Are Fighting Back

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 07.11.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Rising property values lead developers and government officials to abruptly displace slum dwellers, often without proper notice, legal standing, or reimbursement.

Investing In Africa's People

Jeremy Hockenstein | Posted 08.31.2013 | Impact
Jeremy Hockenstein

Like many of our employees, Sheba Achieng Otieno had little computer experience before she joined DDD. Having grown up in the Mukuru slum, Sheba learned about DDD from a friend. Despite hesitations about her lack of experience, she worked hard to improve her typing speed and accuracy. In May 2012, she was hired to start performing data entry work. Just a few months later, she was navigating a range of software, diligently meeting deadlines, and communicating confidently with her colleagues. Sheba is on her way to fulfilling her dream.

Your Next Vacation Destination: A Slum?

The Huffington Post | Mark Hanrahan | Posted 05.08.2013 | Travel

If the delights of Caribbean beaches, European cities or our National Parks have lost their appeal -- you could join the increasing number of tourists...

What It's Like to Grow Up in a Slum

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.18.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

For the millions of youth living in slums, daily life can be grim. Kids start their lives on poverty's front lines, without access to education, infrastructure or sanitation. They are subject to hunger and disease, and are thrust prematurely into adult responsibilities.

Slums and Service Delivery for the Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.28.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Whether due to resource constraints, capacity constraints, lack of urban planning and management, or lack of political will, many cities struggle to keep up with the increasing demand of an exploding urban population.

The GOP Got the U.S. Into the Sequestration Mess and Needs To Compromise Its Way Out Of It

Laura Merriman | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Laura Merriman

With the sequester fast approaching, the Republican Party has forgotten that President George W. Bush racked up half our deficit on the War on Terror....

Informality: The Invisible Divider Between Urban Residents

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Because residents of informal settlements in Mexico City are under constant threat of eviction, they do not make infrastructure necessary investments, thereby reducing their health and quality of life.