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Economic Role of Cities

Economic Role of Cities

This report examines the economic role of cities. More info →
Community-Based Housing Finance Initiatives

Community-Based Housing Finance Initiatives

This report examines one of the main innovations and trends in community-based housing finance initiatives - the Community Mortgage Programme in Philippines. More info →
Innovative Policies for the Urban Informal Economy

Innovative Policies for the Urban Informal Economy

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An expert group meeting was convened to discuss case studies of regulatory inform of the urban informal sector in six developing country cities. More info →
Low Income Housing in China

Low Income Housing in China

This report discribes the main challenges for low income housing and approaches for tackling low income housing in China. More info →
Housing Finance Mechanisms in Mexico

Housing Finance Mechanisms in Mexico

This report examines the housing finance system in Mexico. More info →
Guide to Municipal Finance

Guide to Municipal Finance

This Guide to Municipal Finance describes the current issues in municipal finance and the ways in which local governments finance services and infrastructure. More info →
Housing Finance Mechanisms in Peru

Housing Finance Mechanisms in Peru

This report examines the nature and scope of the housing problem in Peru. More info →
State of the World’s Cities 2008/2009 – Harmonious Cities (Arabic)

State of the World’s Cities 2008/2009 – Harmonious Cities (Arabic)

Half of humanity now lives in cities, and within two decades, nearly 60 per cent of the world’s people will be urban dwellers. More info →
Gender and Economic Development

Gender and Economic Development

This report surveys research and policy in the field of gender and economic development, with particular emphasis on economic literature and practice. More info →
Community Development Fund in Thailand

Community Development Fund in Thailand

The Community Development Fund in Thailand has showed to be a very powerful development tool to address urban poverty and affordable housing at a national scale. More info →
Housing Finance Systems In South Africa

Housing Finance Systems In South Africa

This report examines the housing finance mechanisms in South Africa. More info →
State of the World’s Cities 2008/2009 – Harmonious Cities

State of the World’s Cities 2008/2009 – Harmonious Cities

Half of humanity now lives in cities, and within two decades, nearly 60 per cent of the world’s people will be urban dwellers. More info →
Public-Private Partnership in Housing and Urban Development

Public-Private Partnership in Housing and Urban Development

This report examines how the public-private partnership (PPP) model can be applied to help promote sustainable housing and urban development for countries around the world. More info →
Financing Affordable Housing in Europe

Financing Affordable Housing in Europe

This evaluation of social housing finance in Europe is placed in the context of the purpose of social housing, the sources of funds and the institutions that are used for provision. More info →
Housing Finance Mechanisms in Indonesia

Housing Finance Mechanisms in Indonesia

This report examines the nature and scope of the housing problem, the housing sector and the financial sector in Indonesia. More info →
Financing Urban Shelter – Global Report on Human Settlements

Financing Urban Shelter – Global Report on Human Settlements

Financing Urban Shelter presents the first global assessment of housing finance systems, placing shelter and urban development challenges within the overall context of macroeconomic policies. The report describes and analyzes housing finance conditions and trends in all regions of the world, including formal housing finance mechanisms, microfinance and community funding, highlighting their relevance to the upgrading of slums. Recent policy developments in the area of shelter finance are discussed at the international and national levels. The report also examines policy directions that could be taken to strengthen shelter finance systems, particularly with respect to realizing the Millennium Declaration target of improving the lives of slum dwellers. More info →
The Wealth of cities: Towards an assets-based development of newly urbanizing regions

The Wealth of cities: Towards an assets-based development of newly urbanizing regions

In this paper, John Friedmann critically examines the assumption that exports and external investments are the driving forces of growth in cities of developing countries. More info →
The Sub Prime Crisis: The Crisis of Over-Spending

The Sub Prime Crisis: The Crisis of Over-Spending

The subprime crisis refers to the collapse of subprime mortgage markets in the United States due to the sharp rise in foreclosures beginning in 2006, which led to the failure, merger, and government bailout of leading American financial institutions and enterprises. More info →
Social Investment Funds

Social Investment Funds

Social Investment Funds have been a favoured instrument of International Finance Institutes for more than twenty years. More info →
The Role of Government in the Housing Market , The Experiences from Asia

The Role of Government in the Housing Market , The Experiences from Asia

The diversity of Asia provides unique opportunities for examining the effectiveness of different policies and instruments. More info →
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