Informal Housing Challenge: Community Ideation and Innovation

Expected Date: February 2022

Mode of Delivery: Fully Online – Optional Visit to Nairobi / Kenya in February 2022

Fee: $400 USD

Objective: To bring together a multi-disciplinary team of professionals, community leaders and students that will facilitate improved development processes and policy outputs in response to informal housing challenges that promote the collaboration and participation of all relevant stakeholders.

Partners: Aga Khan University, University of the Fraser Valley, IGLUS

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Introduction and Learning Outcomes

Capacity, policy and governance weaknesses coupled with a lack of interorganizational collaboration for development solutions are halting progress in urban settings. A majority of housing stock in developing countries are self-built which are often done incrementally.[1] The disjointed and overlapping nature of development processes from organizations and policy inaction are increasing vulnerabilities for informal settlements and low-income, marginalized groups.

Photo Credit: Agnes R. Omollo

Development processes remain uncollaborative and facilitated by top-down and non-participatory processes. Many microfinance institutions lack the information to determine the best approach in supporting the low-income housing effort. It is imperative that urban areas utilize participatory and collaborative processes when building development and policy solutions, and this capacity-building is far more necessary and pertinent. There is a need to re-examine current processes and policies to enable short-term and long-term solutions to informal urban housing.

Development processes remain uncollaborative and facilitated by top-down and non-participatory processes. Many microfinance institutions lack the information to determine the best approach in supporting the low-income housing effort. It is imperative that urban areas utilize participatory and collaborative processes when building development and policy solutions, and this capacity-building is far more necessary and pertinent. There is a need to re-examine current processes and policies to enable short-term and long-term solutions to informal urban housing.

Photo Credit: Agnes R. Omollo

Structure of the Course

The course will be a 3 week program that will attract professionals and researchers from across the world. The activities will be built in the following weeks which participants will partake in to build recommendations for the informal housing challenge in these 2 local communities.

Week 1 - Context/Best Practices/Challenges (Online)

January 15, 2022

During this first week we will examine certain contexts, best practices and challenges in the housing environment. This week focuses on providing background context and informing the current informal housing environment

Week 2 - Financing Housing Ideation - Human Centred Design Challenge (Online/Nairobi, Kenya)

February 19, 2022

The second week will go over in review of the items discussed in Week 1. The goal of this week is the ideation of financing housing towards the human centred design challenge. This week looks to bring in experts of varying backgrounds and the local communities to work in collaboration.

Week 3 - Moving forward (Online/Nairobi, Kenya)

February 26, 2022

The third week will work consecutively with Week 2; continuing to work with and bringing in local communities in collaboration to discuss the future and possible plans moving forward.