The dust has started to settle after the adoption of the New Urban Agenda. Rapid urban growth is a reality, and actors from across the globe have advocated extensively for the adoption of people-centred partnerships in informal settlement upgrading.
This begs the question… What do we do next?
Habitat for Humanity SA hosted a Practitioner’s Platform engagement themed Sekunjalo Ke Nako – Now is the Time! on 17 November 2016 with the objective to investigate opportunities for sector collaboration in informal settlement upgrading projects. The objectives of the session were to collectively frame the global development imperatives, discuss the implications for practical implementation, and re-establish a shared vision for informal settlement upgrading. During the engagement, the Practitioner’s Platform partners identified strategic issues which impact on the sector’s ability to successfully implement upgrading interventions, explored the appetite for potential opportunities for collaboration, and determined tangible possibilities that can be explored to make 2017 a year of action.
One of Habitat for Humanity SA’s core activities is to support communities to drive and lead their development processes. These processes are however heavily dependent on government systems and regulations (at particularly a local municipal level) which enable development to happen. During the next session in March, the Practitioner’s Platform partners will unpack evidence-based project-level challenges which impede the successful implementation of informal settlement interventions in order to give guidance and focus to both our internal practice and sector-wide advocacy efforts.