Manshiet Nasser Participatory Urban Development
Cairo, Egypt

The squatter settlement of Manshiet Nasser has the most extreme concentration of poverty of any urban area in Egypt, but far from being a 'slum of despair' it is a dynamic place with a population of 500'000 who sustain thousands of businesses. Engaging this population in decision-making has been vital to the success of this project, which to date has improved access to water and wastewater for c 200'000 inhabitants, provided public services such as a community centre, outdoor theatre and park, built a cluster of 120 workshop units, trained workers (including 60 female staff for kindergartens) and identified sites for public schools.

Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture

Cairo, Egypt
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Ground floor area: 706 m²; combined floor area: 188,000 m²; total site area: 3,800,000 m²
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urban design and development