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Resisting Participation, Renegotiating Slum Upgrading Through Resistance

Abstract Slum upgrading is a policy that has been championed all throughout the global south with little hinderance. Much of the “success” behind slum upgrading is that it has been carried out in participatory manners. Contrary to what many institutions believe, academia has shown how participatory politics often serves to close debate and reduce accountability surrounding the implementation of large scale infrastructure projects. In the case of Nairobi, many of these participatory bodies are coopted by the local “elites”.

Rabat, Migranti e Diritto alla Casa nella Giornata Internazionale dei Migranti

Nel contesto della Giornata Internazionali dei Migranti, la Rete Marocchina Per l’Alloggio Dignitoso (Réseau Marocain Pour le Logement Décent-RMLD), membro attivo dell’Alleanza Internazionale degli Abitanti (IAI) e membro fondatore della Coalizione Marocchina de la Giustizia Climatica, organizza “Migranti e diritto alla casa”, sabato 22 dicembre 2018 nella sede dell’ Associazione degli affari social di donne e uomini e degli insegnanti a Rabat.

The Program of Inhabitants at Africities 2018

Organized by UCLG-A in Marrakesh, Morocco from 20 to 24 November 2018, Africities VIII is the most important continental gathering for local governments. The IAI will participate to strengthen the voice of the inhabitants in this dialogue, by organizing on 23/11 the Meeting “Towards the construction of a Mediterranean Network of Inhabitants” to give answers to the request for freedom to reside and circulate residents of this common sea.

Towards the construction of a Mediterranean Inhabitants' Network

The meeting, organized by the IAI at Africities the 23/11/18, aims to establish an international network of organizations of inhabitants across the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, residents and migrants, in partnership with local authorities who share the human rights approach in the implementation of housing, urban planning and democratic governance policies.

Evictions and citizenship in Casablanca

On the last week of September, a wave of evictions fell on the industrial neighborhood of Ain Sbaa, Northern periphery of Casablanca, Morocco. A huge police operation cleared more than 1,300 self-built houses in the beighborhood of Douar Wasti , settled in the area since the Thirties. Around 5,000 residents had been negotiating with the City Council for six months, and didn’t expect to be chased off their houses with snipers pointing at them from the buildings around, and with nothing more than the promise of obtaining, some day, plots of land 30kms far, in the rural area of Hay Hajjaj .

Desalojos en Casablanca: solidaridad y propuestas de la RMLD

La Red Marroquí para la Vivienda Digna (RMLD) en Casablanca/Settat denuncia las violaciones de los derechos humanos reconocidos por parte de Marruecos, que se encuentran en los desalojos de los habitantes de Casablanca como parte del programa “ciudades sin tugurios”. Una tragedia anteriormente sufrida por cientos de miles de habitantes de otras ciudades y países vecinos del Mediterráneo. La Alianza Internacional de los Habitantes ha compartido solidaridad y propuestas para solucionar el problema.

Douar Wasti, Casablanca: demolitions and massive evictions

Vista dall'alto delle macerie del quartiere Douar Wasti, demolito in un fine settimana dal governo marocchino On Friday 21 September, 2018, a contingent  of about 2,000 police, military and other forces of order erupted in the Douar Wasti district, at the centre of the Ain Sbaa coastal industrial area of Casablanca, to evict the entire district  within a few hours. Over 1,300 habitations were demolished by bulldozers, and the inhabitants, more than five thousand, including a large number of children, were very quickly forced to collect their belongings, and put them together by the roadside.

Kenya: Stop forced evictions from Nairobi’s Kibera settlement, say UN rights experts

GENEVA (26 July 2018) – UN human rights experts* have condemned the massive eviction of residents of the Kibera informal settlement in southwest Nairobi, and are urging the Kenyan authorities to halt all mass evictions until adequate legal and procedural safeguards are in place.

Press Release - Presentation of the Recommendations of the International Tribunal on Evictions for the Case of Wildlife Conservation evictions, Laikipia County, Kenya

As human rights violations have been proven, the government of Kenya must stop evictions of Maasai people and persecution and murdered of human rights defenders in Laipikia County and establish a negotiating and working table to implement the  Recommendations of the International Tribunal on Evictions. Monitoring  under the  World Zero Evictions Days in October this year and involving the United Nations.

Nairobi, Kibera-Langata Roads Project

The beginning of the road For over 60 years there have been plans to build the Kibera-Langata link road. In 2016, the final go-ahead was given by government. In the meantime the plans for the road have changed over three times. No matter which plan is instated, the road will cut through Kibera, dividing it in two. In response, members of the community have led the resistance agaisnt the project. Yet, the resistance movements are highly divided, making it hard to createa a single voice for the community.