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Impacts on human settlements derived from global political and economical changes
By Fernando Jiménez Cavieres
Millennium Development Goals: critical review
Options how to deal with Global Slum Policies Excerpts from Habitat-Jam selected by Knut Unger
Stop Karachi City Government from evicting poor people
A massive demolition drive against informal settlers is taking place in Karachi City in Pakistan. The city government calls it an anti-encroachment drive to beautify the city. It will demolish more than 20 villages or informal settlements which will net for the government some 450 acres of prime urban land.
A escobazo limpio
Las fuerzas oscuras del mundo parecen obsesionadas estos días con la limpieza urbana. El "embellecimiento urbano", obvio es decirlo, ha sido siempre un eufemismo orwelliano. En el tercer mundo urbano las personas pobres temen siempre los acontecimientos internacionales de alto nivel -conferencias, visitas de dignatarios, competiciones deportivas, concursos de belleza y festivales internacionales- que empujan a las autoridades a lanzar cruzadas de limpieza de la ciudad. Los habitantes de los barrios miserables saben que son lo "sucio", el "tizón" que sus gobiernos prefieren ocultar al mundo.
IFI loans and the failure of urban development
Between 1976 and 2003, the government of Pakistan has taken loans from International Financial Institutions (IFIs) for urban development projects. These loans amount to US$ 1,472.44 million (Rs 88.346 billion) and most of them have been for water and sanitation projects. They have multiplied over the years due to the devolution of the rupee and interest. These loans were identified through technical assistance for which an additional US$ 16.95 million (Rs 1.017 billion) was provided. Technical assistance includes development of human resources and the capacity building of relevant government institutions.
Human Rights groups demand urgent adoption of measures to address homelessness in Delhi
As we find ourselves in the midst of a particularly severe winter – January 8, 2006 witnessed the lowest temperature recorded in Delhi since 1935 – the need for decisive action to ease the suffering of Delhi’s homeless has never been more acute. This sense of urgency, tragically, has remained conspicuously absent from the response of the city’s relevant municipal authorities.
Istanbul: ‘Self-service’ production of built environment: End of the model ?
Orhan Esen deals with recent processes which replace the specific Istanbul model of informal “SELF SERVICE URBANIZATION” by neo-liberal, globalized and formalized investments. For better understanding Orhan gives a brief sketch on main periods and elements of the urbanization processes since 1945.
Global Internet discussion on urban problems draws thousands to the Habitat Jam
Davinder Lamba from Mazingira Institute, HIC Focal Point for Anglophone Africa, joined the local launch of the Habitat JAM in Kenya together with UN Habitat Executive Director, Canadian High Commissioner, officials and local partners. An internet cafe in Kibera was inaugurated for this occasion and pledged that it would remain a permanent fixture for the residents.
German Tenants' Perspective on Privatization of Housing
Housing is the basis for participation in the political, social and cultural life. And housing creates the conditions for peaceful coexistence of a multi-cultural society in the cities. Therefore, besides accommodation we are also speaking about active neighbourhoods and vital city districts. The market by itself is unable to organize the right to housing. The market is socially and ecologically blind. Public control in housing policy therefore is indispensable. Housing policy is and remains a political task at the level of state and municipalities.
Debate on Urban Sustainability
Habitat JAM, an unprecedented online global dialogue on urban sustainability, will be held for 72 hours from 1-3 December, 2005. The online discussion proposes six main forums: improving the live of slum dwellers; environmental sustainability; sustainable access to water; safety and security; finance and governance; and humanity: the future of our cities.



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