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Alan Gilbert in Bogotá

Advising on housing and observing municipal elections

Alan Gilbert in Bogotá

In October, Professor Alan Gilbert was invited by the Architecture and Engineering faculties of Bogotá’s University of the Andes to participate in a conference on The housing challenge in Latin America. Alongside four Latin American experts and Colombia’s Minister of Housing he gave a talk on Ten myths underpinning Latin America’s shelter policies.

While in Bogotá he observed the build-up to the municipal elections on 30 October, collected data on the security situation and discussed the prospects for better urban governance in the city (where the elected mayor is currently in jail!).

A week later Alan attended a seminar on urban governance organised by Tilburg and Erasmus universities in the Netherlands to present a report on the ‘miracle’ of Bogotá, and its recent less than impressive performance. He has also given several talks to London audiences on ‘urbanisation, poverty and inequality’, as well as preparing book chapters on trends in crime in Bogotá, housing policy in Colombia, and rental housing policy worldwide.

Alan is currently undertaking two consultancies. The first is for the Inter-American Development Bank on rental housing, in the possibly vain hope of convincing urban housing authorities that they need policies for a sector that accommodates one-third of their populations. The second project is for UN-HABITAT, helping to prepare the Latin American component of the global housing strategy for 2025.


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