Reducing urban poverty; some lessons from experience

J. Anzorena, J. Bolnick, S. Boonyabancha, Y. Cabannes, A. Hardoy, A. Hasan, C. Levy, D. Mitlin, D. Murphy, S. Patel, M. Saborido, D. Satterthwaite, A. Stein

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Many donor agencies are recognizing the need to address the growing levels of urban poverty in Africa, Latin America and much of Asia. Many also acknowledge that they had under-estimated the scale of urban poverty. As they develop or expand programmes on poverty reduction in urban areas, there are many remarkable initiatives on whose experience they can draw. This paper reflects on the lessons from seven of these: three from Asia, three from Latin America and one from Africa. All these initiatives combined direct action by low-income groups themselves, working with local NGOs, with some support negotiated from one or more external agency in order to improve housing and living conditions, basic services and livelihoods. Each initiative sought to make limited funding go as far as possible - and most achieved partial or total cost recovery for some (or all) of their interventions. All used credit to allow low-income groups to spread the cost of capital investment over a number of years.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-186
Number of pages20
JournalEnvironment and Urbanization
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities
  • Manchester Institute of Biotechnology
  • Global Development Institute


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