K05
Social diversity and in/equalities in urban development interventions (Paper)

Convenors:
Andrea Rigon (University College London)
Stream:
K: Uneven urban and sub-national development
Location:
G2
Start time:
27 June, 2018 at 14:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This panel discusses case studies exploring how diversity of gender, class, race and ethnicity, citizenship status, age, ability, and sexuality is taken (or not) into account in the planning and implementation of development interventions.

Long abstract:

This panel discusses case studies exploring how diversity of gender, class, race and ethnicity, citizenship status, age, ability, and sexuality is taken (or not) into account in the planning and implementation of development interventions. Poor urban residents are very diverse and live in very unequal settlements. Development interventions in these neighbourhoods (e.g. slum-upgrading, infrastructure improvements, housing, tenure regulations) differ greatly in their capacity to address the diversity of residents' interests and needs. Local governance structures often reflect unequal power relations at settlement level, making it difficult to ensure that they adequately represent the diversity of interests, particularly of the most marginal women and men. Moreover, interventions in these settlements can activate market forces and if the diverse conditions of residents are not taken into account, it can generate market-based displacement.