Stories and insights                                                                                                                                                                                 

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Building Climate Resilience in the Slums Through Storytelling

 

In this Blog post, Phillip Dinga - a climate change and emissions expert - share insights on how storytelling can help raising awareness about Climate Change and closing the communication gap between informal communities and local governments.

            
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Tackling Climate Change in Kampala's Informal Settlements

 

For the Bwaise community, poor solid waste disposal practices are exacerbating flooding as waste clogs drains in the community. When it rains, the dilapidated and makeshift shelters that make up the majority of homes in the community are often immersed in the floodwater. This story tells how Tree Adoption Uganda, with funding from Cities Alliance, is responding to poor disposal of garbage in Bwaise.

            
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What if you bought a new home — but you don’t have the papers to prove it?

 

In this Blog post, Jessica Robey and Illana Melzer of 71point4 share insights on how a Transaction Support Centre is helping households in South Africa obtaining their title deeds.

            
            
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Helping Informal Communities Realize Tenure Security: The Social Tenure Domain Model
            

Our grantee Pamoja Trust shares insight into an innovative, pro-poor, gender- and youth- responsive tool for inclusive, sustainable, and strong urban communities.

            
            

Talking Transformation: Blockchains and Housing Ladders

            

Kecia Rust (CAHF) and Illana Melzer (71Point4) talk about the housing market in South Africa and present how the Transaction Support Centre is assisting lower income property owners with title deed and other property-related problems.

            
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Migration and Shaping the Inclusive City: the Case of Durban, South Africa

 

This Cities Alliance Catalytic Fund project applies a gendered lens to analyse the rise of xenophobia in Durban by creating a platform for migrant women to voice their experiences and explore challenges faced by migrant groups in the city.

 

 

 

Lessons learned from our initiatives

Securing Tenure in African Cities
 

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Securing Tenure in African Cities: learnings from five small-scale, incremental innovations led by local NGOs and social entrepreneurs

 

Technology can play a key role by making land tenure management more accessible, transparent, and efficient, both for city authorities and the urban poor.

The publication shows the potential of inclusive, bottom-up solutions mixing the use of modern technologies and participatory approaches to help address some of the challenges linked to tenure insecurity. It analyses five pilot projects in  DRC, Zanzibar, South Africa, Ivory Coast and Kenya, as part of the Secure Tenure in African Cities: Micro Funds for Community Innovation initiative.

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Do You Know Your City? Results from collaborative data initiatives to drive innovation in cities

 

 

This publication aims to contribute to the debate on data and cities by highlighting 11 innovative data initiatives that represent diversity in implementing organisation, contexts, policy sectors and approaches for data collection and use. It highlights common characteristics and challenges that we hope will inspire other local actors to explore new ways of using data and information to get to know and transform our cities.

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Youth and the City: Lessons From 13 Innovative Projects Funded by the Cities Alliance Catalytic Fund and the UN-Habitat Youth Fund

 

Youth accounts for a significant portion of the world’s population. Working from the assumption that young people create a “demographic dividend” with important contributions to their communities, Cities Alliance and UN-Habitat took advantage of a unique opportunity to learn from leaders of youth city development projects from diverse urban contexts. Both organisations have established funding mechanisms to support innovative city development projects led by and/or focused on young people.

This publication  highlights lessons learned from six of the Youth and the City projects, as well as six additional UN-Habitat projects.

 

Without innovation there is no way we can overcome the challenges of our times.

António Guterres, UN Secretary-General