Lydia Pfotenhauer represented INCLUDED at a conference on the function of slums and community centers for human development and how governments can partner with communities in gathering data for inclusive urban planning.

From November 18th-22nd, the Santa Fe Institute held a conference to identify how human development happens and the role of slums and migrant communities in urbanization. The participants covered questions about how data gaps on informal settlements prevent inclusive planning, how intermediary organizations can help create smart partnerships between communities and governments, and what issues communities need to address first to help their residents integrate into the city. Representatives from the Ford Foundation, UN Habitat, World Bank, and MacArthur Foundation listened as community groups from Slum Dwellers International, Shack Associates, INCLUDED and various academic and technical leaders shared their experiences connecting communities and governments with data.