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A Just Urban Transition for and with Informal Settlements: The art of deliberative engagement A Just Urban Transition for and with Informal Settlements: The art of deliberative engagement
If you are a municipal practitioner wishing to engage with informal settlement communities about upgrading decisions to drive a just urban transition, then this tool is for you. Geared towards climate resilience and addressing vulnerabilities and social exclusion experienced by informal settlement residents, a just urban transition involves novel approaches to informal settlement upgrading and challenges municipalities (and other potential…
Making Sense of a Just Urban Transition for Informal Settlement Upgrading Making Sense of a Just Urban Transition for Informal Settlement Upgrading
This paper explores what a just urban transition approach to informal settlement upgrading looks like. It draws on research and dialogues with various stakeholders involved in informal settlement upgrading and climate resilience, including residents living in informal settlements, emphasising the principle of ‘nothing about us without us'. The paper gives further impetus and meaning to the social compact underpinning informal…

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