Subsequently, the informal areas or ‘Ashwa’iyaat’ crisis increased in Egyptian cities, raising many questions about the adequacy of housing in these areas and its relation to wider societal issues concerning the spatial justice of public resource distribution and its level of transparency. The issue of inequality in the spatial distribution of resources between different urban areas is not only related to the existence of informal areas, it is rather related to the tools used to distribute public services and adopted financial planning guidelines.
This context reveals the importance of this new project, which is a joint effort between Takween Integrated Community Development and the American University in Washington, D.C. The project builds upon the efforts initiated by “TADAMUN: The Cairo Urban Solidarity Initiative” in the analysis of the root causes and different manifestations of spatial inequality.
The project aims to collect and analyze data and increase public awareness regarding the absence of spatial justice in the distribution of public resources between different urban areas. This is in addition to examining the institutional causes that enable this situation in Egypt, with a special focus on the Greater Cairo Region (GCR).
In pursuing this objective, the project works on developing tools to identify, measure and address these inequalities and making these tools available to other active groups in Egypt.
- Providing the tools through which residents and civil society organizations can utilize current urban governance avenues to demand better public services.
- Promoting a culture of transparency and accountability in dealing with local administration.
- Laying the foundation for fruitful dialogue with relevant government institutions in the GCR regarding developing tools to better identify, assess, and target needs in local communities.
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