Urbanization Problem Statement

Our group spent the majority of this week doing more thorough research of our problem space: urbanization.  We familiarized ourselves with the different aspects of urbanization – infrastructure, basic services, transportation, violence & hazards, and connectivity – and did further research into these fields by finding related articles online.  Throughout the process, we’ve been referring back to a PDF sent to us by Tanya, written by UNICEF, that provides a comprehensive overview of urbanization and its many facets.  After research and review, our group naturally gravitated toward the issue of connectivity, highlighted in the UNICEF handbook as a relevant concern, and used the article’s “statement of need” and “prompts” as a framework for our work going forward.

Our problem: Representation.

We are deciding to focus on accurately representing slum-dwellers in data that is used to plan for the future and having them actively represented in government so that they may participate in the planning of their cities and futures.

Articles that we’ve shared and read together over the week:

Street violence and exploitation in slums:
http://pluralsecurityinsights.org/violence-manifested-nairobis-slums/• https://www.pri.org/stories/2015-09-15/mumbai-slum-dwellers-say-i-have-help-stop-violence-against-women
• http://www.reuters.com/article/us-kenya-housing-idUSKBN14I009
Poor disaster preparedness:
• https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/urban-resilience/ideas/community-led-participatory-disaster-management-system-to-reduce-risk-of-fire-hazard-in-urban-slums-of-bangladesh
• http://www.irinnews.org/news/2010/09/21/reducing-risk-slums
Indoor & outdoor air pollution:
• https://anglejournal.com/article/2015-06-protecting-urban-populations-from-air-pollution-in-an-age-of-global-urbanisation/
• https://eos.org/features/urbanization-air-pollution-now

http://reports.weforum.org/global-risks-2015/part-2-risks-in-focus/2-3-city-limits-the-risks-of-rapid-and-unplanned-urbanization-in-developing-countries/
• http://www.academia.edu/3196699/SLUM_EDUCATION_PRESENT_SCENARIO_AND_FUTURE_NEED
http://visual.ly/left-behind?view=true
• https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2738359/
• http://www.uis.unesco.org/_LAYOUTS/UNESCO/oosci-data-tool/index-en.html#en/intro
• https://www.unicef.org/publications/files/SOWC_2015_Summary_and_Tables.pdf


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