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01/12/2004 00:00

Making city planning affordable to all countries

Conventional urban planning or master planning almost passed away in the mid 1980s, particularly in developing countries. Many reasons explain this not so sudden “death”: • In terms of process, urban plans were designed by bureaucrats and experts, generally ignoring political and social dynamics...


01/12/2004 00:00

Planificacion urbana minimalista

Planificacion urbana asequible para todos los paises, Habitat Debate, 2004.   Spanish version of "Making City Planning Affordable".


01/09/2004 00:00

LDCs need sustainable urbanisation policies

Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are the Least Urbanized Countries (LUCs). UN-HABITAT’s State of the World’s Cities Report 2001 clearly established the strong and positive correlation between urbanisation and the level of economic and social development. The poorest countries are generally the...


01/03/2004 00:00

UN Cooperation with local authorities

Habitat Debate March 2004.pdf     This article was published on the occasion of the First Congress of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), Paris, May 2004.


01/04/2003 00:00

Challenge and Guarantee Funds for Slum-dwellers

Some simple ideas on how to finance slum upgrading and meet the MDG 7 target 11. Article in Habitat Debate, April 2003  pdf (479,2 kB) 



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