Housing for the Urban Poor
From Local Action to Global Networks

August 31, 2013, Presentation at RC21 Conference ‘Resourceful Cities’ in Berlin

Josefine Fokdal and Astrid Ley gave a presentation on ‘From Grassroots Shacks to the Towers of Power: Relationship Building of Global Grassroots Housing Networks. Experiences from Africa and Asia’ during a session on ‘Autonomous Urban Movements: Socio-Spatial Structures and Political Impacts” at the annual RC21 conference by the International Sociological Association/ Sociology of Urban and Regional Development. The presentation aimed to differentiate the political impact of international networks in the housing field, arguing that the emergence of internationally networked grassroots that are backed up by global allies have led to a new culture of negotiation at the local level. The paper is online available on:

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