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Urbanization: The Role the Poor Play in Urban Development
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Rapid urbanization is happening across Asia, with more and more people in need of housing. Providing adequate housing to everyone in our cities is not an impossible goal. It’s possible to solve the serious housing problems, if we can begin to see urban poor settlements not as problems, but as sources of energy and important contributions to the production of housing. And it’s possible if we can look at the poor not as beneficiaries of someone else’s ideas, but as the primary actors at the centre of their own development. The pressures of rapid urbanization and economic growth in Asia and the Pacific have resulted in growing numbers of evictions of urban poor from their neighbourhoods. In most cases they are relocated to peripheral areas far from centres of employment and economic opportunities. At the same time over 500 million people now live in slums and squatter settlements in Asia and the Pacific region and this figure is rising. Local governments need policy instruments to protect the housing rights of the urban poor as a critical first step towards attaining the Millennium Development Goal on significant improvement in the lives of slum-dwellers by 2020. The objective of these Quick Guides is to improve the understanding by policy makers at national and local levels on pro-poor housing and urban development within the framework of urban poverty reduction.
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Publisher:
UNHABITAT, UNESCAP ,   (2008 )
Type / Script:
Progress Report in English
Keywords:
HOUSING, URBAN POVERTY, URBAN AREAS, URBANIZATION, URBAN DEVELOPMENT, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, MIGRATION, RURAL POVERTY, SLUMS, INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS, POLICY MAKING, HUMAN SETTLEMENTS, CAPACITY BUILDING, CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT, ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCIES, GOVERNANCE, INVESTMENTS, POPULATION, POPULATION DENSITY, LABOUR, POPULATION GROWTH, NATURAL DISASTERS, AGRICULTURE, URBAN MIGRATION, UNEMPLOYMENT, HUMAN RIGHTS, RESETTLEMENT, DEFORESTATION, MIGRANTS, MIGRATION, HEALTH CARE DELIVERY, POVERTY MITIGATION
Thematic Group:
 UNHABITAT : Human Settlements
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09.02.00  -  Housing
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