Series: Housing

Slum upgrading and urban governance: Case studies in three South East Asian cities

Slum upgrading and urban governance: Case studies in three South East Asian cities

The study demonstrated the importance of some form of security of tenure (the definition of which varied across the case studies), a need for sustainable economic activities to be incorporated into the upgrading, the critical importance of governance and institutions and significance of the contributions of the community and elements of civil society. More info →
Guide to monitoring target 11 – 100 million slum dwellers

Guide to monitoring target 11 – 100 million slum dwellers

Series: Housing
Genre: Housing
This guide represents a milestone in the efforts of the United Nations to monitor the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the UN member states in the year 2000. These goals address essential dimensions of poverty and their effects on people’s lives. They constitute, in themselves, a commitment by the world’s leaders to the world’s poor, addressing the most pressing issues related to poverty such as health, gender equality, education and environmental sustainability. More info →
Poverty Living Conditions and Infrastructure Access – A comparison of Slums in Dakar Johannesburg and Nairobi

Poverty Living Conditions and Infrastructure Access – A comparison of Slums in Dakar Johannesburg and Nairobi

Series: Housing
Genre: Housing
In this paper the authors compare indicators of development, infrastructure, and living conditions in the slums of Dakar, Nairobi, and Johannesburg using data from 2004 World Bank surveys. Contrary to the notion that most African cities face similar slum problems, they find that slums in the three cities differ dramatically from each other on nearly every indicator examined. More info →
Moving to Opportunity or Isolation – Network Effects of a Slum Relocation Program in India

Moving to Opportunity or Isolation – Network Effects of a Slum Relocation Program in India

A housing lottery in a large Indian city provided 110 out of 497 participants the opportunity to move out of a slum and into improved housing on the city's periphery. Fourteen years after housing assignment, relative to lottery losers, winners report better housing conditions farther from the city center, but no change in family income or human capital. Winners also state increased isolation from family and caste networks and lower access to informal insurance. More info →
Practical Guide for Conducting Housing Profiles

Practical Guide for Conducting Housing Profiles

Series: Housing
Genre: Housing
This book fills an important gap in the theoretical library and practical toolkit relating to housing analysis. As rapid urbanization, population pressures, the land squeeze and the unprecedented growth of slums and informal settlements increasingly define the urban form in so many developing countries - never has the need for trenchant and comprehensive analysis of housing been more urgent. More info →