You'll learn about:
How non-governmental organizations (NGOs) help developing nations improve urban areas
How NGOs share urban planning best practices with developing countries
How various NGOs entered the urban planning environment—and what lessons they have since learned
Many cities in the developing world are experiencing rapid population increase and major challenges from climate change such as heat waves, storms, and flooding. Even as they work to improve and expand basic infrastructure such as water, waste water treatment, and electricity, these cities must also upgrade slum areas and provide adequate housing for their populations.
American NGOs are providing critical technical assistance in the areas of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); housing policy; disaster preparedness; and infrastructure. Learn how how these NGOs have partnered with cities in the developing world to create long-term plans for more livable communities.
About the Speakers
Marc J. Lewis-DeGrace, AICP Urban Planner Marc is an urban planner with over 20 years of experience of professional experience in financial services, economic consulting, international development and urban planning. Marc has worked in the public sector and private sector for multiple organizations, both domestically and internationally. Marc is most passionate about using urban planning to assist urbanizing cities in the developing world to better plan their futures. He is currently working for the US Department of Transportation, he is sharing US urban planning techniques and practices with international partners. This process involves sharing urban planning history and how proper planning involves a variety of disciplines and the importance of a comprehensive plan. Prior to joining the US government, he spent several years working in local government planning. He specialized in transportation planning in metropolitan Washington, DC. His responsibilities included development review and writing comprehensive plans. He spent several years working for the George Soros Foundation in West Africa. Based in Dakar, Senegal Marc studied future demographic trends in the 30 largest cities in West Africa and what their urban planning ramifications. Prior to studying Urban Planning, Marc worked for several firms in economic consulting. He spent several years advising his client base on macroeconomic trends including sovereign debt, balance of payments, foreign exchange fluctuation and central bank forecasting. Marc holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Urban Planning and a Bachelor of Arts degree from The American University in International Relations. He is also a returned Peace Corps Volunteer. He currently lives in Las Vegas, NV with his wife.
Seki Hirano is a Senior Technical Advisor for Emergency Response at CRS. Seki provides technical support in emergency shelter and settlement programming. He also provides training in emergency shelter and settlement.
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