By: Molly McGowan
Last week, my colleague, AHI Global Associate Anya Brickman Raredon, and I traveled to Medellin, Colombia, to participate in UN Habitat’s World Urban Forum (WUF). It was a spectacular conference in a spectacular city.
UN Habitat’s World Urban Forum
Sign in Santo Domingo (a neighborhood of Medellin now served by the recently-constructed metro cable) – “Please take care of the garden and the trees. Put garbage in the trash bins. Thank you. The environment of the park and this lookout depends on you. This is our air. Thank you for taking care of it.”
AHI’s primary reason for being in Medellin was to participate in two events with partners we are working with in Haiti: Cordaid and USAID.
In the first, Anya spoke about our housing ecosystem approach and a model for housing delivery in Haiti as a part of a panel organized and moderated by Cordaid’s Inge Bouwmans and Marloe Dresens. Anya spoke alongside Margriet Nieuwenhuis (Director, Cordaid Urban Matters), Gerald Jean-Francois (Program Manager, Cordaid Urban Matters Haiti), and Raoul Pierre-Louis (CASEC of Turgeau, Haiti).
Preparing for the Cordaid panel. From left to right: Gerald Jean-Francois, Raoul Pierre-Louis, Anya Brickman Raredon, Margriet Nieuwenhuis, Marloe Dresens, Inge Bouwmans
See the full presentation here.
AHI Global Associate Anya Brickman Raredon speaking on AHI’s ecosystem approach
In the second, we presented a poster (see it here) during USAID’s event on Haiti, where our friends Chris Ward (USAID), Anna Konotchick (UC-Berkeley), Rose-May Guignard (CIAT), Odnell David (UCLBP), and Kate Crawford (University College London’s Centre for Urban Sustainability and Resilience) were speaking.
Chris Ward (USAID) introduces the USAID panel on Haiti. From left to right: Odnell David, Anna Konotchick, Rose-May Guignard, Chris Ward, Kate Crawford
Building Permanence: Self-Recovery after Disaster
With our presentations finished on Tuesday, we were able to spend the rest of the conference taking it all in, meeting interesting people, and learning about the fantastic work taking place on housing all over the world.
Adriana Navarro-Sertich (UNOPS) speaking on how to build more than a roof
Claudio Acioly moderating a panel on slum upgrading programs in Brazil, South Africa, and Kenya
AHI Senior Advisor Deidre Schmidt and MIT Professor Reinhard Goethert speaking on land tenure at a panel organized by Loeb Fellow Matt Nohn
PCI’s project manager presenting on Barrio Mio – a 24-month collaboration between PCI and USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance designed to transform a high-risk urban neighborhood in Guatemala into a resilient, safe, and productive community
The Barrio Mio team. From left to right: Local team leader, Kathy Vilnrotter (Enclude), Jim DiFrancesca (PCI)
JP/HRO’s Lora Vicariot and Benjamin Krause talking about the learning, growth, and adaptation necessary to design and implement an effective emergency relief and reconstruction program