We are able to provide strategic consulting to municipalities and housing organisations around potential solutions to the complex issues posed by the Danish government’s ‘Ghetto’ programme, which designates categories for housing areas characterised by certain demographics, and subjects them to specific laws.
We recognise that time is short and that people are already facing displacement and discrimination. As of 2019, 43 housing areas in Denmark have been designated ‘vulnerable’, 14 housing areas ‘ghettos’ and 15 housing areas ‘hard ghettos’. Once an area becomes a ’Hard Ghetto’, the amount of social housing must be reduced by at least 60% before 2030. The master plans setting out the route towards this target generally suggest demolishing, converting and selling off social housing, building private housing, and controlling who properties are rented to. People in receipt of social welfare and people with criminal convictions therefore face displacement from their homes and restrictions on where they are able to move to.
The provision of adult education, employment training and advice for residents is key to preventing an area from becoming or remaining a ‘ghetto’. However, there is also a need for social projects and community building initiatives to support people in the affected areas. With our principles of co-creation, participation and empowerment, we aim to use a holistic and interconnected approach to inspire, drive and amplify local movements and ideas.
We are motivated by the Global Goals, particularly Goal 5: Gender Equality, Goal 10: Reducing Inequality and Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. All three of these are relevant in this context. With complex problems, intersectional identities are often erased or overlooked, but it is important to consider the specific implications of these laws for women, disabled residents, and religious minorities, amongst other groups, as well as the potential for dedicated solutions. For instance, according to ministry figures, only 47 percent of working-age women from non-Western countries are currently employed. For Danish women, that figure is 74 percent.
Previous examples of projects we have worked on include: workshops, training, the co-design of inclusive spaces, health initiatives, cross-cultural events, financial resilience and entrepreneurial programmes.
Please contact us at email@example.com for more information about we can work with you in this area.
Project Name: Housing and Communities
Theme: Strategic Consulting
Location: Across all of Denmark
Year: 2019 onwards