Financing Urban Shelter

Global Report on Human Settlements 2005

Author: Un-Habitat,

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136565744

Category: Architecture

Page: 296

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'Achieving the goals set by world leaders in the United Nations Millennium Declaration will be difficult without a significant improvement in the lives of slum dwellers, and the lives of slum dwellers cannot be improved without the sound and sustainable economic development that is conducive to the establishment of a strong shelter sector. As Financing Urban Shelter: Global Report on Human Settlements 2005 emphasizes, one of the key challenges in meeting the Millennium Declaration Goal on slums is mobilization of the financial resources necessary for both slum upgrading and slum prevention by supplying new housing affordable to lower income groups on a large scale. . . . It is my hope that, by highlighting the impacts of current shelter financing systems on low-income households and by identifying the types of financing mechanisms that appear to have worked for them, this report will contribute to the efforts of the wide range of actors involved in improving the lives of slum dwellers, including governments at the central and local levels, as well as non-governmental and international organizations.' From the Foreword by KOFI ANNAN, Secretary-General, United Nations 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 analyses 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 shelter finance policy development is discussed at the international and national levels, and the directions that could be taken to strengthen shelter finance systems are examined. The Global Report on Human Settlements is the most authoritative and up-to-date assessment of conditions and trends in the world's cities. It is an essential tool and reference for researchers, academics, public authorities and civil society organizations around the world. The preceding issues of the Global Report on Human Settlements have addressed such topics as An Urbanizing World, Cities in a Globalizing World and The Challenge of Slums. Published with UN-HABITAT

Financing Urban Shelter

Global Report on Human Settlements 2005

Author: United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Publisher: UN-HABITAT

ISBN: 1844072118

Category: Social Science

Page: 246

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Land is fundamental to any strategy for poverty reduction – it is both a basic resource for ensuring livelihoods and a cornerstone of political and civil enfranchisement. Security of land tenure for the urban poor is fast becoming one of the major problem

Enhancing Urban Safety and Security

Global Report on Human Settlements 2007

Author: United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Publisher: Earthscan

ISBN: 1844074757

Category: Law

Page: 448

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Enhancing Urban Safety and Security addresses three major threats to the safety and security of cities: crime and violence; insecurity of tenure and forced evictions; and natural and human-made disasters. It analyses worldwide trends with respect to each of these threats, paying particular attention to their underlying causes and impacts, as well as to the good policies and best practices that have been adopted at the city, national and international levels in order to address these threats. The report adopts a human security perspective, concerned with the safety and security of people rather than of states, and highlights issues that can be addressed through appropriate urban policy, planning, design and governance.

The International Handbook on Social Innovation

Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research

Author: Frank Moulaert

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 1849809992

Category: History

Page: 500

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ÔThe challenges of poverty and social exclusion cannot be fully resolved through conventional public sector policies and market-led innovation. The case studies in this Handbook capture some of the key success factors of socially innovative action in different socio-economic contexts. This Handbook will inspire readers as it highlights the creativity and commitment of diverse enterprises and movements working for social innovation.Õ Ð Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka, Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlements, United Republic of Tanzania, and retired UN Under Secretary General, immediate former Executive Director of UN-HABITAT ÔSocial innovation may not be a new idea but it is clearly an idea whose time has come, not least because the traditional models of innovation Ð narrowly framed technical models Ð have run their course and no longer resonate in a world of societal challenges. This Handbook has two great merits Ð it brings conceptual rigour to the debate and it provides compelling narratives of social innovation in practice.Õ Ð Kevin Morgan, Cardiff University, UK ÔIn an era where social innovation is re-emerging as an important policy framework for bringing social transformation, this volume is a significant contribution to the theory and practice of social innovation. The incremental discussion from concepts to theory to practice and then to social innovation research is supported by cases literally from all over the globe. It moves the discourse from isolated models of neighbourhood engagements and social enterprises, to a comprehensive, multidimensional approach combining needs, social relations and empowerment. A must read for academicians, learners, practitioners and policy makers alike.Õ Ð S. Parasuraman, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India ÔSocial innovation is an important instrument for understanding how contemporary societies deal with social change and how social practices and policies intended to combat poverty and social exclusion are developed and implemented effectively. The Handbook offers a valuable contribution to the development of a clear, transdisciplinary and critical understanding of social innovation practices. The reader will find an in-depth discussion of the most important theoretical approaches to the concept and a thorough exposition of the epistemological and methodological framework for research in social innovation. The volume includes a number of interesting case studies in different areas of social change and issues of policy and governance.Õ Ð Enzo Mingione, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy This enriching Handbook covers many aspects of the scientific and socio-political debates on social innovation today. The contributors provide an overview of theoretical perspectives, methodologies and instructive experiences from all continents, as well as implications for collective action and policy. They argue strongly for social innovation as a key to human development. The Handbook defines social innovation as innovation in social relations within both micro and macro spheres, with the purpose of satisfying unmet or new human needs across different layers of society. It connects social innovation to empowerment dynamics, thus giving a political character to social movements and bottom-up governance initiatives. Together these should lay the foundations for a fairer, more democratic society for all. This interdisciplinary work, written by scholars collaborating to develop a joint methodological perspective toward social innovation agency and processes, will be invaluable for students and researchers in social science and humanities. It will also appeal to policy makers, policy analysts, lobbyists and activists seeking to give inspiration and leadership from a social innovation perspective.

An Opportunity for a Different Peru

Prosperous, Equitable, and Governable

Author: Marcelo Giugale,Vicente Fretes Cibils

Publisher: World Bank Publications

ISBN: 082136863X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 825

View: 6653

For the first time in the republican history of Peru, the presidential transition takes place in democracy, social peace, fast economic growth and favorable world markets. In other words, there has never been a better chance to build a different Peru - a richer country, more equal and governable. There are multiple ways to achieve that goal. New reforms must stem from a widespread and participatory debate, one of a common vision conceived for and by Peruvians. This book aims at making a technical and independent contribution to such debate; it summarizes the knowledge available about the challenges to be faced by the new administration. The study does not recommend silver bullets, but suggests policy options. It is based on the analysis of the current reality and in six decades of relationships with Peru, in which the Bank has implemented more than 100 projects and prepared more than 500 technical reports covering the wide range of development topics. When necessary, the study provides lessons that the Bank has learned elsewhere. The study provides a conceptual framework to the analysis of the country's 34 economic sectors and the two historical perspectives behind them. In doing so, it offers a comprehensive reform agenda that sheds light on possible priorities and courses of action.

Enabling Shelter Strategies

Design and Implementation Guide for Policymakers

Author: Michael Majale

Publisher: UN

ISBN: N.A

Category: Housing

Page: 54

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Long-Range Futures Research

An Application of Complexity Science

Author: Robert H. Samet

Publisher: 4-Scene Development Corpora

ISBN: 1439214344

Category: Science

Page: 593

View: 8455

This highly readable study explains how complexity science provides an evolutionary model for the civil system, with a new world view that out-ranges United Nations reference scenarios to beyond 2150.

Urban Shelter and Services

Public Policies and Management Approaches

Author: G. Shabbir Cheema,Shabbir Cheema

Publisher: Praeger Publishers

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 220

View: 9191

This book addresses the urgent need for adequate shelter and services for the urban poor in developing countries. It not only examines the evolution and performance of policies and projects, but also analyzes factors which effect policy implementation, and identifies alternative approaches for upgrading settlements as well as increasing access of the poor to these shelters. To enhance the practicality of this excellent source, there are ten original case studies of urban projects, eighteen country papers, and concept papers from the United Nations Centre for Regional Development.

The State of the World's Cities 2004/2005

Globalization and Urban Culture

Author: N.A

Publisher: UN-HABITAT

ISBN: 9211317053

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 198

View: 6161

As towns and cities expand at unprecedented rates, sustainable urban development is one of the most pressing challenges facing the international community in the 21st century. This publication examines the realities faced by urban populations around the world, focusing on the impact of globalisation and the way cities are governed and planned, on the make-up and density of their population, and on their cultures and economies. Issues considered include: the impact of globalisation on urban culture; urban renewal and cultural strategies; the concept of metropolitanization; socio-economic and cultural impacts of international migration; urban poverty and homelessness, social inequality and exclusion; urban governance, safety and crime trends; contemporary planning strategies and the role of civil society; progress towards attainment of the Millennium Development Goals targets for sanitation and housing. The report highlights the need for a new culture of planning to establish multicultural and inclusive cities, involving civil society as well as public authorities.

Planning and Design for Sustainable Urban Mobility

Global Report on Human Settlements 2013

Author: United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780415723183

Category: Architecture

Page: 317

View: 9434

Urban transport systems worldwide are faced by a multitude of challenges. Among the most visible of these are the traffic gridlocks experienced on city roads and highways all over the world. The prescribed solution to transport problems in most cities has thus been to build more infrastructures for cars, with a limited number of cities improving public transport systems in a sustainable manner. However, a number of challenges faced by urban transport systems – such as greenhouse gas emissions, noise and air pollution and road traffic accidents – do not necessarily get solved by the construction of new infrastructure. Planning and Design for Sustainable Urban Mobility argues that the development of sustainable urban transport systems requires a conceptual leap. The purpose of 'transportation' and 'mobility' is to gain access to destinations, activities, services and goods. Thus, access is the ultimate objective of transportation. As a result, urban planning and design should focus on how to bring people and places together, by creating cities that focus on accessibility, rather than simply increasing the length of urban transport infrastructure or increasing the movement of people or goods. Urban form and the functionality of the city are therefore a major focus of this report, which highlights the importance of integrated land-use and transport planning. This new report of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the world's leading authority on urban issues, provides some thought-provoking insights and policy recommendations on how to plan and design sustainable urban mobility systems. The Global Report on Human Settlements is the most authoritative and up-to-date global assessment of human settlements conditions and trends. Preceding issues of the report have addressed such topics as Cities in a Globalizing World, The Challenge of Slums, Financing Urban Shelter, Enhancing Urban Safety and Security, Planning Sustainable Cities and Cities and Climate Change.

Finance for Shelter and Services

As a Component of the Global Strategy for Shelter to the Year 2000

Author: N.A

Publisher: UN-HABITAT

ISBN: 9789211311419

Category: Housing

Page: 87

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United Nations Publications Catalogue

Author: United Nations Publications

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9789210001540

Category: Political Science

Page: 634

View: 9233

The International Geneva Yearbook is an essential reference source on international activities and organizations in Geneva. This comprehensive Yearbook includes information on activities, people and addresses of United Nations bodies; specialized agencies and other organizations with different statutes; non-governmental organizations, research and educational institutions; and the permanent missions. It also includes a series of articles in which eminent specialists offer their views and comments on the latest political, legal, social and economic issues being discussed in Geneva. This is a bilingual publication, in English and French (published by UN).

Habitat Debate

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: City planning

Page: N.A

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Harare

inheriting a settler-colonial city : change or continuity?

Author: Carole Rakodi

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780471949510

Category: Social Science

Page: 298

View: 7049

Traces the history of Harare, Zimbabwe's capital and largest city, from its colonial origins through periods of settler rule and its independence to the present. Documents marked inequalities in income and emerging pressures on housing, facilities and services as well as the manner in which local authorities are attempting to deal with them. Relates the city's physical and socio-economic development to the political economy of Zimbabwe.

UN-Habitat Annual Report

Author: United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Human settlements

Page: N.A

View: 9490

Finance for City Leaders Handbook

Author: United Nations Publications

Publisher: UN

ISBN: 9789211327212

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

View: 9060

Finance for City Leaders presents an up-to-date, comprehensive, and in-depth analysis of the challenges posed by rapid urbanization and the various financing tools municipalities have at their disposal.

Shelter Blues

Sanity and Selfhood Among the Homeless

Author: Robert R. Desjarlais

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812206436

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 9291

Desjarlais shows us not anonymous faces of the homeless but real people. While it is estimated that 25 percent or more of America's homeless are mentally ill, their lives are largely unknown to us. What must life be like for those who, in addition to living on the street, hear voices, suffer paranoid delusions, or have trouble thinking clearly or talking to others. Shelter Blues is an innovative portrait of people residing in Boston's Station Street Shelter. It examines the everyday lives of more than 40 homeless men and women, both white and African-American, ranging in age from early 20s to mid-60s. Based on a sixteen-month study, it draws readers into the personal worlds of these individuals and, by addressing the intimacies of homelessness, illness, and abjection, picks up where most scholarship and journalism stops. Robert Desjarlais works against the grain of media representations of homelessness by showing us not anonymous stereotypes but individuals. He draws on conversations as well as observations, talking with and listening to shelter residents to understand how they relate to their environment, to one another, and to those entrusted with their care. His book considers their lives in terms of a complex range of forces and helps us comprehend the linkages between culture, illness, personhood, and political agency on the margins of contemporary American society. Shelter Blues is unlike anything else ever written about homelessness. It challenges social scientists and mental health professionals to rethink their approaches to human subjectivity and helps us all to better understand one of the most pressing problems of our time.

Volume

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Architecture

Page: N.A

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