"Urban Inequality: The Case of Cairo" presented the results of new research conducted by Dr. Reem Abdel Haliem, Mr. Kareem Ibrahim, and Dr. Diane Singerman through TADAMUN, a Cairo-based initiative that works with citizens to claim their urban rights and devise new urban policies that are more effective, equitable, participatory, and sustainable. TADAMUN’s latest work is a spatial analysis of urban inequality that explore issues of investment patterns, new cities, planning paradigms, poverty, and the use of public funds. The presentation used maps as a visual tool for understanding development gaps and public policy challenges in contemporary Egypt.
Reem Abdel Haliem
Reem Abdel Haliem holds a Ph.D. in Economics. Her fields of interest include human development, public policy and economic institutional reform. She previously served as the Deputy Director of the Department of Economics at the House of Wisdom Foundation in Cairo and has more than five years of experience within the realm of poverty alleviation projects with France Telecom group. She also worked for the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights as an economist in its economic and social justice unit. She is currently the senior economist on the spatial inequality project at Takween.
Kareem Ibrahim is an architect and urban planner who graduated from Cairo University in 1995. From 1997 to 2010 he worked as the Built Environment Coordinator for the Darb al-Ahmar Revitalization Project, one of Cairo’s most ambitious urban revitalization programs. In 2009, he co-founded Takween, a community development organization focused on social and economic development interventions, where he has been working on a range of issues including participatory planning and urban revitalization. He is also the Co-Director of TADAMUN.
Diane Singerman is Associate Professor in the Department of Government, School of Public Affairs at American University. She received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Princeton University and did graduate work at the American University in Cairo. Among her publications are: Avenues of Participation: Family, Politics, and Networks in Urban Quarters of Cairo (1995), Cairo Contested: Governance, Urban Space, and Global Modernity (ed., 2009), Cairo Cosmopolitan: Politics, Culture, and Urban Space in the New Globalized Middle East (co-edited with Paul Amar, 2006), and Development, Change, and Gender in Cairo: A View from the Household (co-edited with Homa Hoodfar, 1996). Her research interests lie within comparative politics, gender and politics in Egypt and the Middle East, informal politics, political participation, urbanism, youth, globalization, and social movements.