Presentation on theme: "Realizing the Potential of Urban Slums Judith A. Hermanson, PhD Senior Fellow Presented at International Housing Coalition Networking Event WORLD URBAN."— Presentation transcript:
Realizing the Potential of Urban Slums Judith A. Hermanson, PhD Senior Fellow Presented at International Housing Coalition Networking Event WORLD URBAN FORUM V March 22, 2010 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
What is InterAction? Association of US INGOs working in development and humanitarian assistance 200 members $6 billion private funds raised annually Community level focus
InterAction’s 2010 Goals Pro-poor Advocacy in US Foreign Assistance Demonstrate and enhance NGO accountability and impact Serve as major representative of US INGOs to build alliances and strategic partnerships and extend networks of NGOs around the world.
Provide Focus on Development Issues Accelerating Urban Growth Unsustainable living conditions Micro and Macro impacts Reality of an “urban planet”
“Urban Myths” Urbanization patterns are the same Most urban growth is in mega cities Urban poor are a minority in cities Urban poor are a burden to cities Urbanization causes degraded environment Controlling rural to urban migration is answer INTERACTION: A RESOURCE AND FORCE FOR URBAN CHANGE!
Slum Upgrading Focus Urban Poor are Untapped Asset Increasing urban growth is increasing poverty Inter-related sectors and interventions can be harmonized to have greater impact
Ingredients for Success Community level “ownership” and participation Integrated, multi-sector interventions in accordance with priorities Physical upgrading reinforced by socio- economic inputs Importance of economic stimulation and jobs
Urban Slum Upgrading as Policy Redresses poverty Makes cities healthier, more humane Strengthens overall urban economic, societal and political foundation Meaningful investment of political and financial capital in a city’s future
Ingredients for Success Political Will Financial Resources Supple, agile systems for resource flow
Urban Slum Upgrading as Policy Relationship to the city as a whole Individual particularity and characteristics Immense untapped resource!
Systematic Capacity Building Observation: To impact urban development on any significant scale, capable and responsive local organizations are key Components: – Community Planning – Capacity through Action – Linkages and Networks – The “spaces in between” – Advocacy – Resource mobilization – Local government
New Tools – Private sector potential – Business models and processes – New technologies for old problems
InterAction at WUF V Launched an Urban Poverty Initiative Mapping practice and lessons learned Linking to networks Creating new pathways Looking for partners in this process