Sustainable Housing for the World’s Urban Masses: Incrementalism and the Policy Innovation Imperative
Haydee Jacklyn Q. Malubay
University of the Philippines
Proof of the global urban housing challenge is glaringly manifest in the data indicating that one-seventh of the world population visibly lives in slums unfit for human habitation. From the Philippine experience, the housing sector narrative is about the institution that traces its history back to the postwar period. Many contend this is why most of its programs fail to deliver the committed results. Is a whole new law necessary to reinvent the housing council? Or is policy innovation enough? This research reviews incrementalism with a new perspective, specifically on how it can ensure modest gains for sustainable housing when there is almost very little in proportion to the magnitude of the challenge. This paper essentially digs deep into the author’s involvement as a member of the General Assembly of Partners, in the (1) United Nations Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016, (2) at the Preparatory Committee for UN Habitat III in Surabaya, Indonesia in July of 2016, and (3) the Urban Thinkers Campus in Geneva, Switzerland in October 2015. Therefore, as a general direction towards policy innovation, it can make real the vision to start making a dent into the debilitating and ever-growing urban challenge in a dynamically-urbanizing world now more than half of humanity call home.