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Communications for Development. Jane Nyakairu UN-HABITAT. Communication for Development. 1. The world’s urbanization challenges improving the lives of slum dwellers halving the number of those without access to water and sanitation.

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Communications for Development

Jane Nyakairu


communication for development
Communication for Development

1. The world’s urbanization challenges

improving the lives of slum dwellers

halving the number of those without access to water and sanitation

2.Information for decision making: linking data to urban planning and policies

3.Allowing communities to speak out


the world urbanization challenges
The world urbanization challenges
  • 2007: the world is predominantly urban
  • Next 15 years: 93% of the urban growth will be in developing countries
  • Asia alone will account for more than half the world’s urban population. The urban population in Western Asia will reach 75%.
information challenges
Information challenges

 World is urbanizing but … in a context of poverty

Poor knowledge of this process Urban growth and land consumption patterns are poorly understood

Information and policies are poorly connected - not integrated to urban planning

  • In the developing world: 80 cities out of 100 do not have appropriate
  • mechanisms to monitor growth (UN-HABITAT:2005)

Global Monitoring of the MDG target on slums

Prevalence of slums in the world


Counting Shelter Deprivations

Access to improved water

Access to improved sanitation

Sufficient living area

Durability of housing

Identifying slum areas






Using urban indicators and GIS to support policy making

Provides evidence on which to base decisions and actions.

Make better use of existing information

Comparing performance across areas


Empowering decision makers

  • Free GIS software, training and technical support for partners and consolidation of data into global database on urban indicators
  • Global Land Tool Network – for and by partners

global reference on land rights, pro-poor forms of secure tenure

  • E-Learning on city management for local leaders
  • Best practices database, free E-Library for developing countries
community participation
Community participation
  • World Urban Forum

WUF1: 1,200; WUF2: 4,300; WUF3: 10,000

Support for LDC participation incl. CBOs

WUF recommendations to GC

  • Youth engagement

World Youth Forum -> GC

Messengers of Truth

  • Habitat Jam

Focus on input by poor

advocacy and education
Advocacy and Education
  • World Habitat Day / (World Urban Forum)

Commemorations by partners including the poor

Showcases best practices

Try to locate in areas that highlights problems

  • Water Education

integrate into school curriculum

  • One Stop Youth Centers

Access to information on employment, networking

  • Information for slum residents

Internet café and Kenya Slum Upgrading Office

  • Journalist sensitization

Specialized workshops on MDGs and urban issues

Partnerships with media training institutions to include MDG issues

coordination partnership
Coordination & Partnership
  • Information and communication a percentage of project plans

Within UN-HABITAT – not always popular with donors, limited amounts

  • Habitat Programme Managers

Coordination with overall UN system at country level

  • Medium Term & Institutional Plan

Focus all efforts on selected countries for maximum impact

Same list of countries in UN Reform Initiative

  • Challenges

Size and capacity

Limited presence at country level

No organizational unit for communications for development