All over the world many inhabitants live in informal settlements, better known as slums, shantytowns or favelas. They live in self-built, overcrowded houses and often lack access of basic services like proper sanitation, clean drinking water, power supply and other basic services, such as waste management and medical care. Many face health problems due to their poor living conditions.
Together with the members of the Human Cities Coalition (HCC) we work on designing a replicable and sustainable inclusive business case that serves the basic needs for the urban poor living in slums in the two delta cities Jakarta and Manila. The focus of the consortium is to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
The pressure on critical infrastructure (roads, sewage, waterways and electricity) and resources (water and power) is reaching a breaking point. The levels of pollution are already untenable. Inequality, crime and violence are rising, which causes social instability and more international migration. The new urban settlements are often located in river deltas that are vulnerable to flooding, a growing consequence of climate change. The potential for devastating spread of disease is large.
Business Director Kees Slingerland is pleased with the initiative. He explains: “Human Cities Coalition is unique in the sense that this platform consists of companies who have an open commercial goal, but at the same time try to serve the world with a societal target. Within the initiative AMS Institute focusses on setting up a Global Innovation Portfolio of worldwide best practices. Main deliverable of the project is to design a replicable and sustainable inclusive business case that serves the basic needs for the urban poor living in slums in the two delta cities Jakarta and Manila. We will also assist in setting up an innovation hub this summer where we will continuously test and implement new innovations from a living lab approach.”
The Human Cities Coalition is established by AkzoNobel and has its roots in their Corporate Social Responsibility program called the Human Cities initiative. HCC represents 150 public, private, NGO and academic stakeholders and works with 20 contributing core partners among which AMS Institute.