1st Edition

The Hidden Millions
Homelessness in Developing Countries

ISBN 9780415426725
Published April 20, 2009 by Routledge
344 Pages

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Book Description

This book explores the extent, causes and characteristics of homelessness in developing countries. Bringing together a major review of literature and empirical case studies, it is invaluable for those studying, researching or working in housing, homelessness, social policy or urban poverty.

Drawing on local research in nine countries in the global south, this book offers an insight into the lives of homeless people, public perceptions of homelessness, and the policies and interventions which might variously increase or reduce homelessness. Exploring the human context as well as policy and planning, it will challenge preconceptions.

Table of Contents

1. Current Theory on Homelessness  2. Homelessness and International Housing Policy  3. The Continuing Urban Housing Shortfall and Affordability Crisis  4. Defining Homelessness in Developing Countries  5. Accommodation Conditions and Differentiating between Homeless People and those in Inadequate Housing  6. Estimating the Hidden Millions  7. Who are the Hidden Millions?  8. Economic, Social and Cultural Causes  9. Political and Legal Issues  10. Disaster and Conflict  11. Exclusion, Perceptions and Isolation  12. Children and Homelessness  13. Towards Strategic Interventions for Homeless People

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Graham Tipple is Reader in Housing Policy and Development at Newcastle University. He has over 30 years' experience in housing and urban development issues in developing countries at national and city level.

Suzanne Speak is Senior Lecturer in Planning at Newcastle University. She has 15 years' experience in social policy and planning research in the UK and developing countries.