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KNOW Working Paper 4

Institutional Capabilities towards urban equality: Reflections from the KNOW programme in Bangalore, Kampala, and Havana

KNOW Working Paper 4

22 September 2020

By: Alexandre Apsan Frediani, Camila Cociña, Gautam Bhan, Shuaib Lwasa, Jorge Peña Díaz and Caren Levy
ISSN 2632-7562

This Working Paper is a collection of reflections to explore the notion of ‘institutional capabilities’, and its possibilities to advance the urban equality agenda. KNOW partners from Bangalore, Kampala and Havana reflect on how their research activities are interrogating the capabilities of institutions to translate knowledge into practices, and potential implications for building pathways to urban equality.

The document starts with an introduction by Alexandre Apsan Frediani and Camila Cociña, which frames the notion of institutional capabilities. Then, reflections from three KNOW Investigators are presented: Gautam Bhan from the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) in Bangalore, India, reflects on institutional capabilities within education institutions in the piece “Notes from Bangalore: Reflections on teaching urban practices”. Shuaib Lwasa from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, discusses “Scalable solutions for social inclusiveness and embracing of informality: Waste economies to enhance urban livelihoods in informal settlements in Kampala”; and Jorge Peña Díaz from the Technological University of Havana (CUJAE), Cuba, discusses “Urban equality in Havana: The role of research networks in increasing state capabilities”. The Working Paper concludes with reflections by Caren Levy on how these cases talk to questions of urban equality. Apart from enabling comparative thinking and reflections across these three contexts, the different sections of this Working Paper aim to explore the usefulness of the concept ‘institutional capabilities’ as a framework for the implementation of global urban agendas.

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About the KNOW Working Paper Series
KNOW Working Papers provide an outlet for Investigators, City Partners and Associates engaged with the Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality (KNOW) programme, located at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL. They reflect work in progress on the KNOW programme in the fields of urban equality, resilience, prosperity, extreme poverty, and urban development policy, planning, research and capacity building in cities of the global South. KNOW Working Papers are produced with the aim to disseminate ideas, initiate discussions and elicit feedback.

The KNOW Working Papers are a special edition of the DPU Working Paper Series. 

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