Babar Mumtaz

Formalising informal areas in Greater Cairo: management training for senior Governorate officials (P Wakely, B Mumtaz, S Meikle)

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In February 2009, Patrick Wakely, Babar Mumtaz, and Sheilah Meikle conducted a series of workshops on the decentralisation of the planning, management and upgrading of informal settlements for some 40 professionals and technicians from four of the five Governorates of Greater Cairo. They also ran a parallel course of seminars for the staff of the GTZ (German Technical Cooperation) Participatory Development Programme in Urban Areas (PDP) in Egypt. Both events raised interesting issues concerning the implementation of national decentralisation policies and strategies for participation.

Reflections on project preparation: ADB Secondary Cities Project, Pakistan (Babar Mumtaz)

Over the last year Babar Mumtaz has been the Team Leader and Institutional Development Specialist of the proposed ADB (Asian Development Bank) Sindh Secondary Cities Improvement Project, which has raised several interesting and complicated political issues, which he discusses here.

Babar MUMTAZ

Babar Mumtaz is an urban planner/development economist, specialising in urban management and housing finance, with over 30 years’ experience across the world. He is the Director of URBANNOVATION, an organisation dedicated to the advancement and improvement of urban areas through action research and practice. He was the University of London Reader in Housing Studies, and a full-time member of the academic staff of the Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London (UCL) for over 30 years, and its Director 2003-05.

Babar Mumtaz - publications

Books and Chapters in Books

2005
Architecture Without Building, chapter in The Architecture of Complexity, Thames and Hudson, London.
2004
Development of Kabul: Reconstruction and Planning Issues (with Kaj Noschis, Eds), Comportments, Lausanne, ISBN 2-940075-09-3. 170 pages.
A Livelihoods Approach to Urban Planning, chapter in Mumtaz B and Kaj N, Eds, Development of Kabul: Reconstruction and Planning Issues. Comportments, Lausanne, ISBN 2-940075-09-3. Pages 141-151.
2003
Territoriality and Spatial Forms (with Wakely, P. and Clifford, K.), chapter in The Challenge of Slums: Global Report on Human Settlements, Earthscan, London.
2001
Guiding Cities: The Urban Management Programme (with Wegelin, Emiel). UN-HABITAT, Nairobi, 2001. ISBN 90-6433-030-1, 136 pages.
1997
National Housing Policies: Action and Implementation, chapter in The Reconstruction of Palestine, ed Zahlan, A., Kegan Paul, London.
1996
A Survey of the Use and Users of Computers in Urban Spatial Planning, in Lloyd-Jones, T. Ed., Computers in Urban Spatial Planning: A Guide to Research for Developing World Applications, CUSP Joint Research Team for ODA, London.

Monographs

2005
Spatial Planning and Development Control, WSP, NRB, SDC, Islamabad.
2004
Sustainable Human Settlements: Development and Management (with Walls, Michael), UN CSD, New York.
1995
Meeting Housing Demand: A Model for Establishing Affordability parameters for Housing, DPU, London, 1995.

Published articles

2002
Should Urbanisation Matter to You? Op-Ed, Dawn, Karachi.
2001
Just as Slums Need Cities to Survive, so do Cities Need Slums to Thrive, in Habitat Debate, Vol 7 No 3, available at: http://www.unhabitat.org/mdg/documents/global/Vol7_No3_why_cities_need_slums.doc
Non-Conventional Housing Finance for Indonesia, Habitat Debate, Vol 7 No 2, available at: http://www.unhabitat.org/hd/hdv7n2/supp_community_based_housing.htm
The View from Jakarta in Global Building and Environment. Review Vol 1, Issue 1, available at: http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/gber/pdf/Vol1/issue1/babarmumtaz.pdf
Community-based Housing Initiatives in Indonesia, Habitat Debate,Vol 7 No.1, available at: http://www.unhabitat.org/hd/hdv7n2/supp_community_based_housing.htm
1999
Win-Win Strategies in Open House, International, Vol.24, No. 4.
1998
Revitalising Nicosia: A Community-Based Approach to Urban Renovation, in Trialog 58, Vol. 3.
1995
Training for Urban Development, in The Courier, 149.
Housing Finance to Meet the Needs of Sri Lanka, in Economic Review.

Major Unpublished Reports

2003
National Urban and Shelter Sector Project (2002-03), various Project Reports for Asian Development Bank.
2001
Community-Based Infrastructure and Land Development(2000-2001), various Project Reports UNDP.

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Conference Papers

2005
The economics of Regeneration, Lessons for India, Keynote Speech at the Regeneration of Mumbai Conference, Mumbai First, Mumbai.
2001
Why Cities Need Slums. Keynote Speech at the World Habitat Day 2001 Global Observance, Fukuoka, Japan.
1998
Educating the Planners, Keynote Speech at ESCWA Follow-up to Habitat Conference, on Training and Education of Architects and Planners, Beirut, Lebanon.
Slums and Squatters, Keynote Speech at Arab Towns Organisation Conference on Squatters and Low-Income Housing, Marrakech, Morocco.
1996
Urban Infrastructure Provision, Keynote Speech at UNCHS Conference of Arab Mayors on the Privatisation of Urban Services, Amman, Jordan.
1995
National Housing Policy, at the Conference on the Reconstruction of Palestine, Amman, Jordan

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Babar Mumtaz

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Babar Mumtaz

Babar MUMTAZ

mumtaz@dpu-associates.net

Specialisation
Housing finance and urban management; housing policy formulation; housing project design; community-based and participatory development and local area planning; social, financial, economic and technical evaluation of projects and programmes; Training and manpower needs assessment; development of training programmes.
Country Experience

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