Planning with the urban poor: a way to create inclusive financial systems in Nicaragua

Alfredo Stein Stein Heinemann, A. Stein, Pietro Garau (Editor)

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The experience of the Local Development Programme in Nicaragua demsotres how certain methods of community participation can intensify the inclusion of urban poor in financial systems for housing and infrastructure improvement. The technical assistance provided by the microfinance institutions allows making compatible the incremental process by which the poor build their physical asssets with the lending cycle for loans for housing improvement. The experience shows the importance of the partnership between international funding agencies, local governments and community organizations to achieve the Millennium Development Goals
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBarefoot and Prada
Subtitle of host publicationArchitects and planners, the urban poor and the Millennium City
Place of PublicationRome
PublisherOfficina Edizioni
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008


  • financial inclusion


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