This book describes how deprived urban children and their families and communities try to cope with scarcity, neglect and discrimination. It communicates the smell, the sweat, the agonies and the occasional triumphs of the poor in their day-to-day struggle for a rightful share of human dignity.
1. Introduction 2. Brazil: A New Concept of Childhood 3. Philippines: Urban Communities and Their Fight for Survival 4. India: Urban Poverty, Children and Participation 5. Kenya: The Urban Threat for Women and Children 6. Italy: Where are Children on the City Agenda? 7. Some Comparative Urban Trends: Street, Work, Homelessness, Schooling and Family Survival Strategies 8. Innovative Policies and Programmes: Lessons Learned Cristina Szanton Blanc