Day Three threw open the doors to a debate on the core issues of inclusion, social cohesion and violence, drawing on the evidence generated through five years of research. Despite an ambitious and packed agenda, the conference room remained full, and conversations started in the sessions spilled out and were continued in the break: a strong indicator of an engaged community. Those not able to join the Exchange personally, joined in via the live webcasts that were broadcast during the day.
The sessions were structured to allow the SAIC research to ‘speak to’ the challenges of achieving safety and inclusion in urban informal settlements. An ambition that is complicated, and compounded by inadequate access to education and jobs; disintegration of family structures; growing numbers of orphans and vulnerable young people; migrant arrivals and climate change.
Read the full newsletter for details of all the sessions.