Housing for the Urban Poor
From Local Action to Global Networks

Access to adequate housing is increasingly understood as a process including structural and institutional actors on various levels. New forms of civil society involvement in local negotiations around housing processes tend to be issues-based and power- and knowledge-based; however, they are also internationally networked.

Therefore the predominant hypothesis of the research project ‘Housing for the Urban Poor. From Local Action to Global Networks’ funded by the DFG – Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, is that the transformed housing process not only influences actors and policies on various levels, but that it also brings about a new system of transformed power positions and assertiveness of the urban poor vis-à-vis outside actors. Together with local partners (see ‘partner’ for further information) in India, Philippines, South Africa, and Thailand the intentions is to analyze the transformative housing process as a system working from local action towards global networks.