Cairo’s Informal Areas Between Urban Challenges and Hidden Potentials
The Egyptian-German Participatory Development Programme in Urban Areas (PDP) has released the publication Cairo’s Informal Areas Between Urban Challenges and Hidden Potentials.
Cairo’s Informal Areas aims to provide a better understanding of the residents of the informal settlements and stimulate further dialogue on urban development in those areas.
Download full text (English only) (5.55 MB, pdf)
Download by chapter:
- Introduction and Table of Contents (302 KB, pdf)
- Chapter 1: About Cairo and its Informal Areas (1.34 MB, pdf)
- Chapter 2: Daily Life in Informal Areas (2.33 MB, pdf)
- Chapter 3: Participation in Practice (289 KB, pdf)
- Chapter 4: Partners in Development (469 KB, pdf)
- Chapter 5: Expectations and Visions (1.04 MB, pdf)
- Contributors (357 KB, pdf)
- Know their city. Local authorities should to know as many facts as possible about the city and its population in order to plan effectively.
- Make the housing market work for the poor. If 60 percent of the city is informal, then that is the nature of the city. The informal sectors cannot simply be ignored, and ways should be found to allow the poor to contribute to that city.
- Adopt a long-term planning framework. Cities should think 20 to 25 years ahead and engage in planning that can outlast election cycles.
- Ensure that change is city-wide and systemic. Cities generally do not change with a project here and there. Also, planning should include all residents and not focus exclusively on the elite.
- Be clear about institutional arrangements. Many cities have competing jurisdictions, and often no decisions are made because no one knows who is in charge. It must be clear who has the authority over budget, decision-making, resources, revenue and investment decisions.
- Promote the systematic integration of the urban poor into the city. Cities that fight their own populations and try to stop them from trading or building cannot make progress.
Read Mr. Cobbett’s speech (116 KB, pdf)