Bang Bua Canal Upgrading, Bangkok, Thailand

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  • What stands out to you about this story?
  • Does the situation described remind you of something in your city or your work?
  • Can you relate to the challenges described? In what ways?
  • In what ways is the approach described similar or different from approaches you / your org/ your city have taken?
  • Write down three new approaches you could try.

Somsook Boonyabancha, is Chairperson, Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR), a regional network of grassroots community organizations, NGO’s and professionals actively involved with urban poor development processes in Asian cities; former Director of the Community Organization Development Institute (CODI); Chairperson, of the Baan Mankong Program Committee.

Boonyabancha has been working and facilitating sustainable, equitable collective housing development and slum upgrading in Thailand and other Asian countries for 30 years – specializing in community-led initiatives. As director of CODI, she fostered a “city-wide” approach to community upgrading that has been replicated in cities across Thailand.  She is based in Bangkok, Thailand.

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