I remebered that Bauhaus did this studio on the influence of the UN on urban/settlement development. Propably good for you, Rachel, to check the results from their studio/workshop work they did in 2005/2006.
quoted from Bauhaus Dessau:
The programme “UN Urbanism” dealed with the transformation of cities in so-called crisis regions. Even after the end of the East-West conflict, disputes and the “petite guerre” still characterise world events. Today, organisations such as the UN, but also NGOs and a wide network of privately financed humanitarian aid organisations are confronted by very specific kinds of conflicts and crisis management scenarios. || Particularly where cities are rebuilt, the restoration of the urban infrastructure, the creation of democratic institutions and community building go hand in hand. In this process, international aid organisations create urban structures that, while at first temporary, exercise a considerable influence over the further development of these places. The globally acting organisations thereby initiate transformations in diverse areas of the world that follow the same pattern. || The programme “UN Urbanism”, using Mostar, Bosnia- Herzegovina and Kabul, Afghanistan as examples, examined the phenomena of this process of urbanisation and devoted itself to, among others, the following questions: What role do international parties have to play in the reconstruction of “post-war cities”? What planning ideas and models and normative concepts of cities, civil society and public life do they bring with them? What kind of spatial models do these global interventions adopt, and what form do they take in their individual, local manifestations? How can urban planning with the participation of international parties help limit existing divisions and differences? || The Kolleg saw the search for design solutions within the framework of the UN Urbanisation as much a part of the solution strategy as the development of lasting urban processes after the departure of UN troops. In practice, prototypical concepts were be developed for selected sites.