Urbanization & Demographics: The Coordination Problem - Robert Buckley, The New School

This lecture is based on the realization that little attention is being paid to the inexorable increase in urban populations, particularly in very low income countries. Buckley argues that industrial coordination problems are no doubt important, but so too is the avoidance of increasingly dysfunctional cities.

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Kibera: Integrated Water Sanitation and Waste Management Project

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This book documents the processes, challenges and related successes of a pilot project on slum upgrading in Soweto East villages of Kibera informal settlement, Nairobi. As a post project intervention assessment report, it focuses on distilling lessons learnt and best practices with a view of informing future strategies and policy decisions on slum upgrading interventions for similar urban settlements in any part of the world.

Cameroun: Profil Urbain National du Cameroun - French Language Version

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Les villes camerounaises, particulièrement les plus grandes d’entre elles, sont confrontées à de nombreuses difficultés liées à la prolifération de l’habitat spontané, à l’insalubrité, à l’enclavement de certains quartiers sous intégrés, à l’insécurité, au chômage et à la montée du grand banditisme. Au rythme actuel d’urbanisation (5% de croissance en moyenne annuelle), près de 60 % de la population camerounaise vivront dans les villes à l’horizon de 2015. 

Kenya: Mavoko Urban Profile

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Mavoko is situated in Machakos District some 25 km south east of Nairobi. It has an estimated population of 65,000 and is popularly known as Athi River. Mavoko appears to offer a good opportunity for the expansion of the Nairobi Metropolitan Region and therefore, the area is of strategic importance.

Mavoko’s rapid growth, however, has led to an explosive growth of slums around strategic locations close to industries and other places of employment.

Kenya: Nairobi Urban Profile

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Nairobi has the highest growth rates per annum compared to the other growth rates in Africa. 75% of the urban population growth is absorbed by informal settlements. The number of urban population living in slums will double in the next 15years.

Informal settlements cover only 5% of the total residential land area of the city, but they are inhabited by at least half of the city’s population.

Trinidad And Tobago: Port of Spain Urban Profile

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The Port of Spain Urban Profiling consists of an accelerated, action-oriented assessment of urban conditions, focusing on priority needs, capacity gaps, and existing institutional responses at local and national levels. The purpose of the study is to develop urban poverty reduction policies at local, national, and regional levels, through an assessment of needs and response mechanisms, and as a contribution to the wider-ranging implementation of the Millennium Development Goals.

Trinidad and Tobago: San Fernando Urban Profile

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The San Fernando Urban Profiling consists of an accelerated, action-oriented assessment of urban conditions, focusing on priority needs, capacity gaps, and existing institutional responses at local and national levels. The purpose of the study is to develop urban poverty reduction policies at local, national, and regional levels, through an assessment of needs and response mechanisms, and as a contribution to the wider-ranging implementation of the Millennium Development Goals.

Slum Upgrading Facility Pilot Programme End-of-Programme Evaluation

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The evaluation assessed the performance of the Slum Upgrading Facility (SUF) and its associated projects in the four pilot countries: Ghana,Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. The evaluation was requested by the donors of the SUF Programme i.e., the Governments of Norway, Sweden/Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and the Department for International Development of theUnited Kingdom.