Unprecedented circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic have presented huge challenges to a third of the global urban population living in slums around the world. The e-learning course “Urban Upgrading for Inclusion, Sustainability and Resilience in a time of Global Pandemics” aims at supporting policy makers and urban practitioners to better respond to the challenge of slums, especially in a time of global pandemics. The course focuses on the conceptual and operational aspects of designing, implementing and sustaining a slum upgrading intervention, while underscoring the main policy and programmatic approaches at city level for scaling up upgrading and better planning for future growth.
Week 1: The Case for Upgrading __
How to articulate urban policies, institutional reforms, and spatially targeted interventions to better address existing and future slums.
Week 2: Planning Informal Settlement Upgrading __
How to plan upgrading interventions from a neighborhood project level to a city-wide scale. __
How to finance upgrading interventions, leveraging public, private and community resources and the role social enterprises play in servicing the poor.
Week 4: Improving Land Tenure __
How to increase tenure security in informal settlements incrementally, from protecting local communities from forced eviction towards formal land tenure rights.
Week 5: Upgrading Infrastructure __
How to design infrastructure improvement intervention in informal areas to improve accessibility, water and sanitation, drainage and erosion control, electrification and street lighting, as well as community facilities.
Week 6: Incremental Housing and Resettlement __
How to address shelter needs in informal areas, from managing voluntary resettlement in upgrading interventions to providing technical and financial support for housing improvements.
Week 7: Social Inclusion in Upgrading __
How to involve local communities during the design, implementation and post-occupation of upgrading projects, how to promote social development such as income generation, and how to integrate urban informal workers and their livelihoods in urban upgrading.
Week 8: Sustainability and Scaling Up __
How to ensure that investments are well-maintained during post-occupation phase and that upgrading is scaled up continuously.
Week 9: Managing Health Outbreaks in Slums __
How to apply a framework for action in urban upgrading to respond to the needs of the urban poor in the short, medium and long terms during and after a health outbreak.