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Development and Cities
A Development in Practice Reader edited by David Westendorff and Deborah Eade
At the beginning of the 21st century, almost half of the world’s population is urban-dwelling, and this population is growing rapidly. This growth is vastly concentrated in the South.
As concentrations of economic and political power, cities have the potential to create opportunities for many. Yet growing numbers of the world’s poorest people live in cities, in poor-quality housing on dangerous sites, lacking even basic services. In many countries, budgetary constraints, structural adjustment processes, increasing wealth inequalities, and lack of popular participation in governance are worsening the position of the urban poor.
Typically, approaches to sustainable urban development have had a narrow environmental focus, not benefiting the majority. Similarly, the benefits of urban investment strategies have been concentrated in the hands of a minority. While decentralisation processes aim to promote effective and responsive urban governance, decentralisation in the absence of effective organising and financing frameworks impacts negatively on the lives of poor people.
Development and Cities explores the political, social, economic, and environmental viability of new and alternative approaches to urban development in the South. Using evidence from cities around the world, the contributors consider to what extent these approaches have the potential to increase access to decision-making forums, to adequate services, and to health and prosperity for all.
This Reader is available, by chapters, in PDF format.
- Urban sustainability under threat: the restructuring of the fishing industry in Mar del Plata, Argentina, by Adriana Allen
- Institutional innovations for urban infrastructural development: the Indian scenario, by Amitabh Kundu
- Institutionalising the concept of environmental planning and management (EPM): successes and challenges in Dar es Salaam, by Wilbard K. Kombe
- Democracy and social participation in Latin American cities, by Diego Carrión M.
- Sustainable development and democracy in the megacities, by Jaime Joseph
- Unsustainable development: the Philippine experience, by Karina Constantino-David
- Sustainable urban development in India: an inclusive perspective, by Darshini Mahadevia
- Urban crisis in India: new initiatives for sustainable cities, by P. G. Dhar Chakrabarti
- International cooperation in pursuit of sustainable cities, by Adrian Atkinson
- Mainstreaming the urban poor in Andhra Pradesh, by Banashree Banerjee
- Learning from informal markets: innovative approaches to land and housing provision, by Erhard Berner
- Lowering the ladder: regulatory frameworks for sustainable development, by Geoffrey Payne
- Cities for the urban poor in Zimbabwe: urban space as a resource for sustainable development, by Alison Brown
- Innovations for sustainable development in cities of the South: the Habitat-Cuba approach, by Carlos García Pleyán
- Private-public partnership, the compact city, and social housing: best practice for whom?, by Fernando Murillo
- Residents’ associations and information communication technologies: a suggested approach to international action-research, by Cesare Ottolini
- Monitoring megacities: the MURBANDY/MOLAND approach, by Carlo Lavalle, Luca Demicheli, Maddalena Turchini, Pilar Casals-Carrasco and Monika Niederhuber
- Technical versus popular language: some reflections on the vocabulary of urban management in Mexico and Brazil, by Hélène Rivière d’Arc
- Publication and ordering details
Pub. Date: 1 Jan 2002
Pub. Place: Oxford
From: Kumarian Press