Alexander Jachnow

Alexander Jachnow

Lead Specialist in Strategic Urban Planning and Policy

Dr Alexander Jachnow is a Lead Specialist in Strategic Urban Planning and Policy with more than 20 years of working experience as a researcher and consultant in 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.

He is part of the Urban Socio-Spatial Development of IHS and teaches strategic urban planning and development, including policy frameworks and National Urban Policies. He is engaged in the advisory and research assignments. He frequently works with organisations 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 urbanisation. He recently concluded an extensive field research on urbanisation patterns with his team on behalf of Cities Alliance for Future Cities Africa.

Previous to joining IHS, Dr Jachnow had worked for 6 years as a 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 Favela upgrading in Fortaleza. He wrote his PhD thesis on the influence of Civil Society on urban development with case-studies from Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. Dr Jachnow studied architecture in Berlin and Cordoba, Argentina, and specialises in Housing Studies from the UNAM, Mexico City. He has worked with local governments and 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 a focal point of IHS for the HABITAT III process, he attended as an accredited stakeholder the Habitat III Preparatory Committee meetings in Nairobi and Surabaya, was a panellist in several 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. 


Jachnow, A. and Garrido Vernon, C. G. (2021). What do you know? Ecuador's sustainable urban development dilemma. Trialog, 2/2019(137, March 2021), 17-22.
Jachnow, A. (2020). Drivers of change for the "new" in the "normal". Mono, 33, 82-87.
Jachnow, A. and Marx, C. (2020). Complex land markets in Uganda and Somaliland (Public facing report). Rotterdam: Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS)

Jachnow, A.

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

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:

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

Jachnow, A. (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: 

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.

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

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