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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 →
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 2010/2011 – Cities for All: Bridging the Urban Divide
The Competitiveness of Cities

The Competitiveness of Cities

The study of urban competitiveness is central to the achievement of the development goals each population sets for itself. More info →
Impact of Global Financial Crisis on Housing Finance

Impact of Global Financial Crisis on Housing Finance

The report arises out of special session on the global financial crisis organised by UN-HABITAT in 2008. 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. Urban growth is most rapid in the developing world, where cities gain an average of 5 million residents every month. 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 →
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 →
Property Tax Regimes in East Africa  Global Urban Economic Dialogue series

Property Tax Regimes in East Africa Global Urban Economic Dialogue series

The report covers three basic issues: property tax legislation and practice, the significance and magnitude of property tax revenue, and the prospects of property taxation in the three East African countries - Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. More info →
Microfinance, Poverty Reduction and Millennium Development Goals

Microfinance, Poverty Reduction and Millennium Development Goals

Microfinance has ushered in a new understanding of the needs of the poor and the potential for financial services to enable the poor to escape from poverty. More info →
Housing Finance Mechanisms in the Republic of Korea

Housing Finance Mechanisms in the Republic of Korea

This publication is an evaluation housing finance mechanisms in Republic of Korea. More info →
Housing for All: The Challenges of Affordability,Accessibility and Sustainability

Housing for All: The Challenges of Affordability,Accessibility and Sustainability

This report provides a comprehensive review of the challenges for low and moderate income housing. It focuses on the issues of affordability, accessibility and sustainability in resolving the housing problem. 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 →
Property Tax Regimes in Europe

Property Tax Regimes in Europe

Following a widely used structure for describing property tax systems, this report provides a survey of European property tax regimes. Distinguishing the various other categories of taxes on property, it focuses on recurrent taxes on immovable property. More info →
Infrastructure for Poverty Reduction and Economic Development in Africa

Infrastructure for Poverty Reduction and Economic Development in Africa

This report evaluates the role of infrastructure in promoting economic growth and poverty reduction in Africa. More info →
Guide to Preparing a Housing Finance Strategy: Human Settlements Financing Tools and Best Practices

Guide to Preparing a Housing Finance Strategy: Human Settlements Financing Tools and Best Practices

his guide sets out the key elements of a housing finance strategy and the process of developing a housing finance strategy, including the study of housing demand, identifying available resources, market forces and strategies to accomplishing housing finance goals and objectives. 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 →
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 →
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