Weekly Urban News Update
October 26, 2018
In This Update: 
Water Scarcity in Kabul Inspires Creative Solutions
USAID Launches $60 Million Nigerian E-WASH Program
Laotian Law May Threaten Property Rights
25% of the World's Population Perceives Tenure Insecurity
Transit Means Business in Chicago
Spotlight on Affordable Housing
Upcoming Event: Karen Kubey on Housing as Intervention
This Week in Photos
Urban Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
 
Water Scarcity in Kabul Inspires Creative Solutions
Water scarcity may be a bigger threat in Afghanistan than the Taliban, writes The Diplomat- at least as a rising force of population displacement. Large numbers of Afghans are migrating from the countryside to Kabul and towards a dire water shortage,  says Afghanistan's National Disaster Management Authority. Its environmental protection agency has turned to a group of persuasive Afghan voices to raise water conservation awareness: religious leadership. It is hoped that the 300 government-trained religious leaders will use their influential positions to encourage water conservation and management.
  
USAID Launches $60 Million Nigerian E-WASH Program
On Wednesday, USAID announced a $60.4 million urban water and sanitation scheme to advance health and hygiene in six Nigerian states. Improved water delivery and sanitation services w ill aid the  57 million Nigerians who lack safe water acce ss.   The E-WASH program (Effective Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) will improve state water board capacity, facilitate sustainability by improving finance through strategic subsidies, and increase area accessibility, especially for marginalized populations.  USAID Nigeria Mission-Director, Stephen Haykin , is optimistic about Nigerian commitment to the program: "The strong commitment was a criteria...and has catalyzed strong collaboration between stakeholder partners, such as the African Development Bank, the World Bank, the French Development Agency and the Islamic Development Bank."
Tenure Insecurity

Laotian Law May Threaten Tenure Rights
The Land Information Working Group, a network of national and international land advocacy groups, warn that a new land law in Laos might impede women's land ownership and rural and indigenous land rights. The new law aims to make land management and transactions more transparent while modernizing land record systems. But LIWG is apprehensive that the government may not consider individual or community customary land tenure rights or access to forest land in its push to title all land by 2025.  LIWG and the non-profit Village Focus International  urge legal clarity on farming, forest access, and informal land ownership. to prevent increased poverty, food insecurity, and the disruption of economic livelihoods.

25% of the World's Population Perceives Tenure Insecurity
A Prindex  report published last week revealed that 25% of the world's population feel insecure about their land and property. Research conducted in fifteen countries from sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia especially highlighted perceived vulnerability of women in response to spousal death or divorce, renters, people without formal documentation, and people of the lowest societal income bracket. IHC Global agrees with Prindex's emphasis on self-perception as an important indicator, noting how perception influences economic behavior and the ability to determine life outcomes.
Chicago Transitions to Public Transit

Transit Means Business in Chicago
According to the Chicago public policy group Metropolitan Planning Council, large Chicago-based corporations are playing a key role in increasing public transit use (resulting in economic growth). The "Transit Means Business" report shows that large businesses are consciously choosing transit accessibility, which in turn has produced job growth. The MPC asserts that half of 2005-2015 job growth was located within half a mile of a metro stop and almost doubled the national average.  McDonald's Executive Vice President Robert Gibbs says of the company's relocation: "Our proximity to the Green Line, coupled with the fleet of shuttles we run from Union and Ogilvie stations, means that we greatly benefit and also deeply rely on our region's transit system." 
Spotlight on Affordable Housing 
  • Charlotte: Charlotte, North Carolina is struggling to create affordable housing. It may have something to do with the way it measures average medium income.
  • Munich: Activists believe a German housing shortage impedes refugees' ability to integrate.
  • Vancouver: Affordable and accessible housing dominated Vancouver city elections on Saturday. Experts examine the feasibility of Mayor Elect Kennedy Stewart's promise to build 85,000 homes in the next two years.
Upcoming Event: Karen Kubey on Housing as Intervention

November 1st, 2018
1pm-2pm
Next City Online Seminar

IHC Global coalition member Next City   will host an online seminar featuring urbanist and architectural educator Karen Kubey. Ms. Kubey  will discuss how housing projects and their design processes can create greater social equity and how coll aborative work in housing can reposition the architectural profession at large. She most recently edited the collection  Housing as Intervention: Architecture Towards Social Equality  which centers architects and architecture in the solutions to the escalating housing crisis in Europe and the United States. Find more event information  here .
This Week in Photos
  • Ghana's Yellow Brick Road: Ghanian artist Serge Attukwei Clottey is creating a yellow brick road to make a point about property rights in Ghana.
  • Everyday Life in 1960s New York: The Guardian highlights Evelyn Hofer's photography of everyday life in New York City during the 1960s and 70s.  
Serge Attukwei Clottey's Yellow Brick Road in Ghana
 (Photo credit:  BBC)
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