Why Focus on Slums?
There are over one billion people currently living in slums, which is about one-third of the urban population in developing countries. This number will likely double by 2030, making the topic of slum transformation an urgent priority.
In response, the Legatum Foundation, and its philanthropic advisor, Geneva Global, are developing a program to tackle the issue. Here's how we are approaching the issue.
Turning Ideas Into Action: A Slum ConveningAs a first step, we convened a range of thought leaders to examine the topic from both from a philosophical standpoint (Why do slums exist? Should we be helping?) as well as practical standpoint (What can be done to improve conditions? What’s the best way to address the root causes?).The event brought together approximately 25 leaders from multiple sectors with track records of innovation, entrepreneurialism, and social passion from business, community and INGO backgrounds.
- Attendees include:
Manoel Antônio, Founder, Instituto de Desenvolvimento Evangélico
Lexi Balfour, Associate, Geneva Global
Ruma Bose, Serial Entrepreneur & Author
Nicolas Boys-Smith, Founder & Director, Createstreets
Dale Buscher, Senior Director for Programs, Women's Refugee Commission
Adrienne Cernigoi, Assistant Editor, Touchline UAE
Jennie Collins, Consultant, Geneva Global
Mauricio Cunha, Founder, Center for Assistance and Integral Development
Celine D’Cruz, Co-founder, Slum Dwellers International
David Dahlin, Consultant, Geneva Global
Fernando de Sousa, Managing Director, Microsoft 4Afrika
Andrew Doust, Vice President of Strategy, Legatum
Lubega Edriss, Community Leader, National Slum Dwellers Federation of Uganda
Larry English, CEO, Homeless International
Shira Gitomer, Program Director, Geneva Global
Katana Goretti, Community Leader, National Slum Dwellers Federation of Uganda
Molly Hellerman, Senior Strategy Manager, Atlassian
Luisa Higson, Content Administrator, Legatum
Jonathan Hursh, Founder & CEO, Included.Cities
Rajendra Joshi, Founder & Managing Trustee, SAATH
Jonathan Kalan, Journalist & Media Entrepreneur
Saurabh Khetrapal, Co-founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Sales Portal
Ava Lala, Director, Geneva Global
Lindsay Noble, Graphic Designer, Mosaic Creative
Janice Perlman, Founder & Author, Mega Cities
Peter Rabley, Director, Omidyar Network
David Rice, CEO, AfriCapitalism
Steve Smolinsky, Adjunct Professor, Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania
Vaidehi Tandel, Associate Vice President, Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC) Foundation
Pramod Vasant, Director, Committed Communities Development Trust (CCDT)
Prachi Vidwans, Assistant Editor, Foreign Policy Magazine
Prashant Yadav, Senior Fellow, University of Michigan’s William Davidson Institute
Several of our impressive attendees have received great press for their work:
Janice Perlman discusses her experience with Brazil's favelas.
- Jonathan Hursh was recently profiled in the Economist for the great work his organization, INCLUDED, is doing in China.
A look at Rajendra Joshi’s work through Saath.
Conversations at the Slum Convening
A collection of different articles and perspectives on slums: