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Inclusive and resilient urban development

Tuesday, 15 December 2015, 10:00 - 11:00 CET

The rapid rate of urban growth and proliferation of informal settlements in highly vulnerable locations adds to the complexity of urban resilience and adaptation, especially in cities struggling to reduce poverty and increase economic growth. This webinar will focus on examples and lessons learned on working with residents living in informal settlements/slums with the aim of reducing their vulnerability to disasters and including them in the urban resilience plans. It will shed light on successful approaches on how to directly include slum dwellers in resilience planning and implementation from data collection to participatory livelihoods projects. 

Violeta Seva introduced the Dreamland Ville Community Development Project and discuss how the city has worked with the informal settlements on building resilience and adapting to climate change impacts through participatory work. She explained the resettlement process that took place in Makati in order to safeguard the lives and livelihoods of the vulnerable populations living in informal settlements. Download her presentation. 

Skye Dobson presented the Slum Dwellers International approach to working with the urban poor and introduced the “Know your City” campaign, a global campaign to collect and consolidate city wide data on slums by residents of these settlements as the basis for inclusive development between the urban poor and local governments. She explained how this tool can be used to benefit these communities and the local governments involved. 

Melanie Manuel shared her experience working with the local authorities and highlighted the importance of participating in resilience initiatives for people living in informal settlements. 
Download Skye and Melanie's presentation. 

Speaker biographies: 

Violeta Seva, Senior Advisor to the Mayor, Makati City, Philippines

Violeta Somera-Seva is a lawyer and urban planner by profession and has over 30 years of experience in managing the built environment, particularly Metropolitan Manila and its component local governments. She served as the General Manager of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA). She spearheaded the establishment of the following Makati City initiatives: Makati Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System (DRRMS), Environment Protection Council, AIDS Council, Solid Waste Management Council, Gender and Development Council, Green Urban Design Center (GUDC), Inclusive Mobility, Makati Poblacion Heritage Conservation Project (MPHCP), Makati Risk Sensitive Urban Redevelopment Project (MRSURP). A highly esteemed and sought after expert of mega-cities disaster risk reduction management planning; she has worked with Mumbai, Jordan, Bangladesh, Quezon City and Makati in disaster resiliency projects. She serves as a board member of the CityNet Foundation and the Mayor’s representative to the World Council on City Data (WCCD), CityNet and United Cities and Local Governments – Asia Pacific (UCLG-ASPAC), FMDV, ICLEI-SEAS. She is the concurrent General Secretary of Earthquakes and Megacities Initiative (EMI), a non-profit organization that advances urban resilience through science and innovation.

Skye Dobson , Deputy Manager, Slum Dwellers International, Cape Town, South Africa

Skye Dobson is an urban development professional with close to ten years of experience working in East African cities. Skye is currently the Deputy Manager at the SDI Secretariat in Cape Town. SDI is global network of slum dweller federations spanning over 30 countries. The network operates from the premise that organized communities of the urban poor are central to the generation of inclusive and sustainable cities. SDI federations organize around daily savings, profiling and enumerating their settlements, and partnering with government to implement incremental upgrading of slums. Prior to her current role, Skye was the Executive Director of ACTogether Uganda, the supporting NGO to the National Slum Dwellers Federation of Uganda. Skye holds a Masters in International Affairs from the New School in New York and has published a selection of articles on her work in Uganda which have appeared in publications produced by IIED, Environment and Urbanization, as well as a selection of newspapers.

Melanie Manuel, leader and provincial coordinator of the Informal Settlement Network (ISN), Cape Town, South Africa

Melanie provides social facilitation on development projects to informal settlements and backyarder communities. She has been a community leader for over 15 years and resides in Manenberg, Cape Town where she serves on the Manenberg coordinating structure, is the chairperson of the Manenberg steering committee for violence prevention through upgrading (VPUU) and the mayoral urban regeneration program (MURP). She is also the chairperson of the housing steering committee and belongs to a local savings scheme of the federation of the urban poor (FEDUP). 

Further reading and links: 

Slum Dwellers International - official website

"Know your City" campaign website

The Informal Settlement Network - SDI South African Alliance website

Slum Dwellers International - blog, Posts for Cape Town

Dreamland Ville Project - City of Makati website