Ghada Ahmed Elashi
Heriot-Watt University, UK
Purpose: Planning autonomous settlements as a strategy to alleviate the poverty of Sudanese citizens and allow them to become active contributors towards sustainable economic growth of the country.
Methodology: Addressing the existing housing problems in Sudan in relation to its preparedness towards the impact of climatic change, disasters and political instability. The literature review defines the concept of autonomous settlements, emphasising the importance of planning settlements at the urban level rather than as individual entities. Case studies will be presented to gain understanding of what can be learned from previous experiences, adopting similar concepts of autonomous settlements.
Findings: Conventional methods of planning settlements in Sudan are not suitable solutions to break out of poverty. The built environment should be perceived as an interlaced matter; multiple disciplines should be considered for sustainable development.
Value: The urban politics formed by autonomous settlements can be an actor towards the emancipation of Sudanese citizens, enabling them to stand stronger against autocratic authorities.
Keywords: eco village; urban poverty; sustainable cities; Sudan urban development