The Right to the City: Cairo

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The Right to the City: Cairo
By: Joseph Schechla
03 November 2014

Egypt’s capital city, Cairo, embodies one of the longest and most-dramatic transformations of any large urban center. Its current “transition,” following the 2011 popular uprising against a long-standing kleptocracy, suggests a well-developed and organized civil society and social movements that would drive democratic change. Urban social movements claiming the right to the city in other regions do so in a constitutional and institutional context that has evolved beyond past tyranny to enable specific claims for greater social justice in the urban sphere. While Cairo is very much a megacity in flux, the principles of the right to the city present themselves as theoretical tools. Their implementation poses a learning opportunity for local governance yet untried, but very much in current demand.

A new study on the development of the concepts of the right to the city in Cairo identifies the potential of--and potential challenges to--implementing the right to the city in this mega city.


• Basic services
• Displaced
• ESC rights
• Forced evictions
• Historic heritage sites
• Housing crisis
• Housing rights
• Human rights
• Informal settlements
• Internal migrants
• Land rights
• Local
• Local Governance
• Low income
• Privatization
• Property rights
• Research
• Right to the city
• Security of tenure
• Social Function of Property
• Social Production of Habitat
• Tenants
• Urban planning

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