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Informal Areas and Low Income Neighbourhoods

Title of the Session

Informal Areas and Low Income Neighbourhoods

Time and Venue

14 June 2015, Marriott Hotel Zamalek – 4:30 pm-6:00 pm


Egypt is facing rapid informal development that has reshaped the form and nature of Egyptian cities over the past several decades. In the early-90s the government began preparing plans to develop informal areas in most of the Egyptian governorates. Currently, about 37.5 % of urban mass in Egypt is unplanned with densities of around 500 person / fd while this percent increases to 95% in villages. Many intervention activities target upgrading informal settlements; improving the living conditions of residents and promoting local economic development. This session explores the approaches that the Government is adopting, as well as the role of civil society and international development organizations in informal settlements upgrading.

The aim of the Panel is to discuss:

  • The various approaches, methodologies and techniques that MURIS is adopting.
  • The gaps and disconnections that affects the effectiveness of upgrading efforts.
  • The foreseen future and the role of NGOs in improving the conditions of informal areas.
  • The most important projects that should be considered while upgrading informal areas in the cultural or service sector.


Dr. Marwa Khalifa, Associate Professor of Urban Planning, Ain Shams University


Dr. Sherif Elgohary – Manager, Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Unit, Ministry of State of Urban Renewal and Informal Settlements

Dr. Guenther Wehenpohl – Programme Coordinator, Participatory Development Programme in Urban Areas (PDP), GIZ

Mrs. Rasha Abdel Fattah Raslan – The Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women

Eng. Hani El Minaoui, Architect and Urban Planner Consultant