Habitat Unit

DAAD, 2012 – 2016
Shaimaa Abouelmagd

Livelihood and Rehabilitation of Slums in Greater Cairo: The Development and Evaluation Process from the Livelihood Perspective

This research is geared towards contributing to the wide field of slum development. It focuses on the rehabilitation process of slums and the problems associated with the risks the inhabitants face, the loss of livelihood capitals and the factors that control these losses.

It looks particularly at instances when inhabitants face reallocation to new environments and then return to the original areas after a certain amount of time having going through different phases or remaining permanently in the new location. Livelihood capitals are lost in projects established for the inhabitants of slums and hardly regained. This research focuses on analysing the processes of different rehabilitation projects in the case study of Cairo, as well as followed strategies and interventions, how they effect on the livelihood of inhabitants and what are the strategies followed by the inhabitants in each case study to regain their lost livelihood capitals. A new approach to dealing with such projects can be conducted and followed, which can help maintain the sustainability and improve the conditions and the livelihood of the inhabitants and the urbanity they live in.

The doctoral thesis is funded by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).


(2014) The rehabilitation of inner city slums in Cairo - a Livelihood perspective. The case Study of Ezbet-Haridy , Cairo - Egypt. In: Proceedings of the Contemporary Urban Issues Conference, Informality Rethinking the Urban, CUI 14. November 13-15, 2014, Istanbul, Turkey.

(2014) Accessibility to Livelihood Resources in the Egyptian Housing Upgrading Program, the Rehabilitation Approach Verses the Eviction Approach The Case Studies of Suzan Mubarak Public Housing Project in Manshiet Nasser and Nahda City in Cairo. In: Proceedings of the 6th international Conference, ARCHCAIRO 2014: Responsive Urbanism in Informal Areas, Towards a Regional Agenda for Habitat III. 25-27 November 2014, Cairo, Egypt.

(2013) Geographical Information System an Approach for the Development of Slums and Deteriorating Areas in Cairo, Egypt. In: Proceedings of the 14th N-AERUS / GISDECO conference, 12-14 September 2013, Enschede, Netherlands.

(2013) Assessment on the Rehabilitation of Slums in Greater Cairo, Egypt. In: Spaces and Flows International Conference on Urban and Extra Urban Studies 22-23th November 2013, Amsterdam, Netherlands.


Shaimaa Abouelmagd

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Philipp Misselwitz, Chair of International Urbanism and Design, TU Berlin