Alexander Jachnow

Head of Urban Strategies and Planning (USP)

Dr. Alexander Jachnow is an urban development specialist with more than 19 years of working experience as a researcher and consultant in the fields of urban capacity development. The main focus of his work lies in enhancing institutions and human resources through strengthening their capacities by improving urban management and policy frameworks.

At IHS, Dr. Jachnow is responsible for leading one specialization within the Masters’ Programme MSc. Urban Management and Development. His department teaches on strategic urban planning and development, including policy frameworks and National Urban Policies. He is engaged in advisory as well as research assignments and frequently works with organizations and DC agencies such as DFID, European Commission, GIZ, KfW, OECD, UN Habitat and UNESCO and local and national governments and NGOs worldwide. Dr. Jachnow is the principal investigator for an applied research project for DFID on sustainable urbanization. He recently concluded with his team on behalf of Cities Alliance an extensive field research on urbanization patterns for Future Cities Africa.

Previous to joining IHS, Dr. Jachnow had worked for 6 years as team leader in Urban Governance Programmes of GIZ, KfW, World Bank and ADB in South Asia. From 1998 till 2007 his focus was on Latin America including diverse assignments, practical work, research and field studies. He was engaged in housing programmes in Mexico City and in Favela upgrading in Fortaleza, and wrote his PhD thesis on the influence of Civil Society on urban development with case studies from Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. He studied architecture in Berlin and Cordoba, Argentina, and holds a specialization in Housing Studies from the UNAM, Mexico City. He has worked with local governments as well as with NGOs in Mexico (Urban Development and Housing Department, SEDUVI, Mexico City and NGO Casa y Ciudad) and Brazil (HabitaFor and NGO CEARAH Periferia).

Due to his internationally recognised academic profile related to urban management and development, Dr. Jachnow has been invited for keynote lectures as representative of academia at international conferences. As focal point of IHS for the HABITAT III process, he attended as accredited stakeholder the Habitat III Preparatory Committee meetings in Nairobi and Surabaya, was panellist in a number of sessions and high-level events in the fore-run, during and after the H III conference and is a core member and panellist of the Joint Working Programme JWP of the Cities Alliance. He has developed and led capacity development measures for the implementation and monitoring of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) in conferences and sessions in Quito and particularly during ‘The Second International Conference on National Urban Policy- Paris 2017’ which was co-hosted by OECD, UN Habitat, Cities Alliance and the IHS. 

Selected publications / Academic publications

Jachnow, A.

(2017) ‘The Benefits of Dysfunctionalities – How Urban Land Markets Operate in Mozambique’. Berlin: Trialog (due to be published).

Puga, E. and Jachnow, A. (2017) ‘Biking as Governance. Positioning urban cycling in Quito’. In: van Dijk, M. et al. (2016) Urban Governance in the Realm of Complexity, pp. 261–282, London: Practical Action Publishing.

Al Alam, D. and Jachnow, A. (2017) ‘Surrogate governance and self-organization in Tripoli, Lebanon’. In: van Dijk, M.P. et al. (eds.) Urban Governance in the Realm of Complexity, p.195 – 218. London: Practical Action Publishing.

Jachnow, A. (2016) ‘Nuestro futuro urbano – ¿Futuro para quién?’. In: C. I. Moreno Jaramillo et al. (eds.) Retos del Hábitat: por la vida, la equidad y los derechos territoriales. Medellín: Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

Davis, L. Luethi, C., Jachnow, A. (2015) ‘Decentralized Water Treatment Systems (DEWATS) for urban Nepal: a comparative assessment for community’. In: Waterlines 34/ 2, p.119-138.

Jachnow, A. (ed.) (2012) “Urban Poverty in Bangladesh. Results from a Socio-Economic Survey in Six Poor Urban Settlements of Narayanganj”. 

Jachnow, A. et al. (2012) ‘Climate change and the Urban Poor: Support of the German Development Cooperation to a City in Bangladesh’. In: Resilient Cities 2: Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change–Proceedings of the Global Forum 2011. Vol. 2. Springer Science & Business Media.

Jachnow, A. (2011) “Political stakeholders or socially motivated service deliverers? NGOs in the Latin American Housing Sector in the 1990s”. Dissertation, Berlin. Available: http://opus.kobv.de/tuberlin/volltexte/2011/3035/

Becker, A.; Burkert, O.; Doose, A.; Jachnow, A.; Poppitz, M. (eds.) (2008) “Matter for Negotiations: Mexico City. Combated space, appropriated territories and urban images”. Berlin: Metrozones.

Jachnow, A. (2008) “Built space by lifetime: dynamics and mechanisms of Mexico City’s urban growth”. In: Becker, et al.: Matter for Negotiations: Mexico City. Berlin: Metrozones.

Ley, A., Jachnow, A., Teschner, K. (ed.) (2006) ‘Urban Coalitions’. Trialog 90/3

Jachnow, A. (2006) ‘Koalitionen für die Stadt: Die neue Verantwortung der Zivilgesellschaft’. In: Trialog 90/3, p.4-9.

Jachnow, A. (ed.) (2006) “Planning – Deciding– Designing: Participation in Latin America”. In: Lateinamerika Nachrichten 387/388, Berlin

Jachnow, A. (2003) “The attractiveness of the informal, the significance of civil society and other false estimations. In Becker, J. et al.: Learning from* : Städte von Welt, Phantasmen der Zivilgesellschaft, informelle Organisation. Berlin


Professional publications      

Jachnow, A. et.al. (2016) ‘Facilitating the Link between Knowledge Generation and Global policy-Making Towards Habitat III – A Cities Alliance and N-AERUS Partnership Activity in Europe’, Available: http://www.urbanresearchdesign.net/files/naerus-handout.pdf

Jachnow, A. (ed.) (2011) “Bridging the urban divide in Bangladesh’. Dhaka: GIZ

Herrle, P. Jachnow, A, Samol, F. (2002) ‘Improvement of Sanitation and Solid Waste Management in Poor Urban Settlements’. Basic Concepts, Wiesbaden

Jachnow, A. (1999) ‘Dreams and Realities in the [special urban development program of] Cabeza de Juárez’, Delegation Iztapalapa. Mexico City: SEDUVI.


Policy Briefs

Jachnow, A. (2016) ‘Urban Form and Urban Policies – Guiding the Development of Liveable cities in Mozambique’. Cities Alliance.

Herrle, P.; Jachnow, A.; Ley, A.; Nebel, S. (2006) ‘Diskussionspapier zum Kompetenzfeld Stadtentwicklung’. Berlin: GTZ