GET READY: join SDI and World Urban Campaign Chair Rose Molokoane on 21 November for a Twitter chat!

GET READY: join SDI and World Urban Campaign Chair Rose Molokoane on 21 November for a Twitter chat!

At present, it is estimated that one in eight people in the world live in slums. This translates to close to a billion people living in settlements with insecure tenure, inadequate housing and a lack of access to basic services. While SDG11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable) ensures that the achievement of sustainable urbanization has a relevant position in the new global development framework, greater light must be shone on the necessity to engage and involve organized communities of the urban poor so that we jointly work toward understanding and achieving #TheCityWeNeed

On 21 November 2017 (2-3pm Nairobi time) @urbancampaign & Rose Molokoane from @sdinet  will co-host a Twitter chat to discuss how slum dwellers are engaged in building #TheCityWeNeed. Rose Molokoane is the World Urban Campaign Chair, and an SDI #GlobalPovertyFighter. As a coordinator of SDI, she has helped to create a global voice of the urban poor, engaging international agencies and operating on the international stage in order to support and advance local struggles.

While SDI welcomes the increased global commitment to cities and informal settlements, it holds that transformation will come from the bottom, rather than the top of the pool of urban stakeholders. To shift decision making in favor of greater equity, justice and inclusion the urban poor will need to apply their creativity, their pressure and their courage to organizing communities and collectively driving the systemic change they wish to see.

SDI’s Know Your City campaign focuses on the power of community-driven slum data to drive partnerships for collaborative planning and development. In the last year and a half, SDI has collected citywide slum data on close to 100 cities across the Global South. This data is being used to track and demonstrate improved conditions in the lives of slum dwellers and present the Know Your City toolkit as a grassroots tool to monitor and implement the New Urban Agenda towards the successful achievement of the SDGs. The KYC toolkit is especially critical in its ability to track and prevent evictions - demonstrating what is possible when slum dwellers have the necessary tools to proactively negotiate for eviction alternatives before evictions take place. 

Evidence continues to suggest that successful implementation of the New Urban Agenda to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals will depend largely on the extent to which urban decision makers, particularly city governments, partner with organised communities of the urban poor to co-produce innovative development and upgrading solutions at scale. SDI’s work demonstrates the impact that such collaborative efforts between city governments and city-wide community networks can make when urban data produced by the poor and for the poor is used as the basis for collective decision-making and development.

To discuss the above, @urbancampaign and @sdinet will ask the following 6 questions during the Twitter chat on 21 November. To join the discussions, follow us on Twitter and use the hashtag #TheCityWeNeed:

  • Q1 #TheCityWeNeed engages residents of slums and informal settlements in improving their quality of life and works closely with all sectors to address the root causes of informality. What are your suggestions on making stakeholder’s voices heard better? 
  • Q2 Across cities of Africa & Asia, urban poor communities are collecting & analysing data about #TheCityWeNeed. How can we ensure that local governments & other decision makers are making use of this data to efficiently implement the #NewUrbanAgenda & monitor these efforts? 
  • Q3 In the #NewUrbanAgenda member states committed to the promotion of planned urban extensions & infill, prioritizing renewal, regeneration & retrofitting of urban areas, including the upgrading of slums & informal settlements. What is needed on a global, national & local level?
  • Q4 Security of tenure for all urban residents in #TheCityWeNeed is critical to the #GlobalGoals #SDG11 achievement. What processes can ensure this? How can member states include organized grassroots communities in decision making and implementation processes?
  • Q5 The #Global Goals call for access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrading of slums by 2030. How can this be achieved, and what role will you play? #TheCityWeNeed
  • Q6 What kind of innovative, pro-poor financing mechanisms can be developed at the community level to enable the creation of #TheCityWeNeed ? How can urban policy makers recognize local economic development efforts & connect them to the city level to create greater impact?