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Affordable Housing in the Urban Global South
Seeking Sustainable Solutions

ISBN 9780415728935
Published July 8, 2014 by Routledge
438 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The global increase in the number of slums calls for policies which improve the conditions of the urban poor, sustainably. This volume provides an extensive overview of current housing policies in Asia, Africa and Latin America and presents the facts and trends of recent housing policies. The chapters provide ideas and tools for pro-poor interventions with respect to the provision of land for housing, building materials, labour, participation and finance. The book looks at the role of the various stakeholders involved in such interventions, including national and local governments, private sector organisations, NGOs and Community-based Organisations.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Sustainability, Governance and Affordability of Low Income Housing  Part 1: Thematic Perspectives  2. Policy and Politics in Urban Land Market Management: Lessons from Experience  3. The New Political Economy of Affordable Housing Finance and Urban Development  4. Backing the Self-Builders: Assisted Self-Help Housing as Sustainable Housing Provision Strategy  5.Resilience of Self-Built Housing to Natural Hazards  6. Renting a Home: The Need for a Policy Response  7. Housing Cooperatives in the Developing World  8. The Transnational Experience of Community-led Development: the Affordable Shelter Challenge  Part 2: Asia  9. New Fontiers and Challenges for Affordable Housing Provision in India  10. How People House Themselves in the Cities of Pakistan Today  11. Self-Help Housing in Indonesia  12. Community Contracting in Neighbourhood Improvement and Housing: Indonesia and Pakistan  13. Housing Futures: Housing for the Poor in Sri Lanka  14. Affordable Housing Policies in Urban China  Part 3: Latin America  15. Affordable Housing Solutions for Low-Income Groups in Mexico and the Urban Housing Challenges of Today  16. Half a Century of Self-Help in Brazil  17. Housing Policy in Colombia  18. Tackling the Housing Deficit of the Poor in Peruvian Housing Policies  19. From Shortage Reduction to a Wellbeing Approach: Changing Paradigms in Ecuadorian Housing Policies  20. Self-Help Housing and Upcoming Policies for Affordable Housing in Nicaragua  Part 4: Africa  21. Pathways towards Innovations for Self-Help Housing in Egypt  22. Changing Housing Policy in South Africa  23. Dashed Hopes? Public-Private Partnership and Sustainable Urban Low-Income Housing Delivery in Nigeria  24. Housing and the Urban Poor in Kenya: Opportunities for Increased Partnerships and Innovative Practices 25. Urban Low-Income Housing in Ghana  26. Conclusion: Where Do We Go from Here?

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Jan Bredenoord is an urban planner and housing researcher and has worked mainly for local governments. His PhD was on management instruments for cities (1996), and his specialism is strategic urban and regional planning. Since 1990 he has been working in developing countries as international consultant on housing and planning. For the past decade, he has been a part-time research fellow in International Development Studies, Utrecht University. His work is focused on affordable housing for low-income households, incremental housing, sites-and-services schemes, housing cooperatives, resident’s participation and sustainable urban development and housing. He is member of ISOCARP and his work has been published in edited volumes and scientific journals.

Paul van Lindert is as Associate Professor in human geography and international development studies at Utrecht University. His PhD was on migration, urbanization and housing strategies in Bolivia (1991). He has taught at various universities in Latin America and Africa as a Visiting Professor. His area of experience includes urban development and planning; city networks and city-to-city cooperation; rural-urban relations; regional and local development; local governance, and multi-local livelihoods.

Peer Smets is Assistant Professor at the department of sociology, VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His PhD was on housing finance and the urban poor in India (2002). His research mainly focuses on urban habitat conditions (housing and its living environment) in low-income neighbourhoods in southern and western countries, as well as perceptions which determine liveability. He has published on urban segregation, housing, housing finance, government bureaucracy, communities, and social life in neighbourhoods.


"this book provides an excellent resource of empirical material documenting current affordable housing policy (and related practice) in the three key major regions of the Global South, as well as useful thematic chapters which help understand the country case studies. It will be of use to practitioners, policy-makers and students as a reference, and a source of inspiration for scholars wishing to take forward the issues raised in the book and to reignite the level of debate which has been achieved in the past" - Harry Smith, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh