On April 25, Penn IUR hosted the thirteenth Annual Urban Leadership Forum, “Creating Cities of Inclusion and Equality". This year, Penn IUR honored Rose Molokoane, Coordinator, South African Federation of the Urban Poor (FEDUP); Deputy President and Management Committee; Member, Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI); Co-Chair, UN-Habitat’s World Urban Campaign (WUC) and Victor Santiago Pineda, President, World ENABLED; Adjunct Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of California-Berkeley
Rose Molokoane is Coordinator, South African Federation of the Urban Poor (FEDUP), and Deputy President and Management Committee Member, Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI), a global network of slum dweller federations in 33 countries across the Global South. In addition, she serves as Chair, UN-Habitat’s World Urban Campaign (WUC), and Co-Chair, Grassroots Constituency Group of WUC’s General Assembly of Partners. She is a resident of Oukasie township and member of the Oukasie savings scheme in a slum settlement outside Pretoria, South Africa. A veteran of the anti-apartheid struggle, she is one of the most internationally recognized grassroots activists involved in land tenure and housing issues. FEDUP has helped more than 150,000 slum dwellers, the vast majority of whom are women, to pool their savings and improve their lives. This has won them sufficient standing to negotiate with government for progressive housing policy that has already produced 15,000 new homes and secured more than 1,000 hectares of government land for development. Molokoane has initiated federations of savings schemes throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She was awarded the UN-Habitat Scroll of Honor in 2005 for her struggle to bring land and homes to the poor.
Victor Santiago Pineda is President, World ENABLED, and Adjunct Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of California-Berkeley. A globally recognized expert on disability policy, he teaches courses on planning theory, policy evaluation, and international community development and serves as a public member of the U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board. Previously, Pineda was Senior Research Fellow, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California-Berkeley, and UC-Berkeley Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow for Academic Diversity. In 2003, Pineda founded World ENABLED to improve the participation outcomes for youth with disabilities through inclusive research and educational programs. He holds a Ph.D. from the Luskin School for Public Affairs at the University of California-Los Angeles and a Master in City and Regional Planning from the University of California-Berkeley.
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