Affordable housing is a critical need in the cities of the global south. Innovative approaches can help replace slums with healthier environments.
Jakarta is investing in dams, widening river channels and other built infrastructure to tame the floods. While managing water in the city itself is critically important, it is also equally important to manage its upstream watersheds in order to truly protect against flooding and water stress.
The lands along the Musi River, which spreads across four provinces in Sumatra, Indonesia, once produced a bounty of rice and tropical fruits. But today, 20 years after an oil palm plantation was established nearby, many of its residents are losing access to the abundance that sustained them.