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Urban futures : economic growth and poverty reduction /
edited by Nabeel Hamdi with Jane Handal.
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London : ITDG Pub., 2005.
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xv, 228 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1853395994
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London : ITDG Pub., 2005.
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1853395994
catalogue key
5379037
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [209]-222) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-09-01:
This edited volume contains well-written papers and research project reports on issues related to economic growth and poverty reduction efforts in the cities of developing countries. Written by leading researchers in urban growth and development, these papers and reports are organized in two parts: the first deals with the dynamics of poverty and urban poverty research while the second addresses that of urban systems. In addition, this work gives an extensive agenda for future research in these areas. It is an excellent handbook for academic researchers and policy makers interested in finding out what approaches to urban growth and poverty alleviation have and have not worked. This volume will also be valuable reading for students, graduate and undergraduate, studying economic development in general and urban development in particular. The clarity of exposition and minimal use of technical jargon facilitate reading. Research project reports are more qualitative in nature, relying less on quantitative methods. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Public, academic, and professional library collections. M. Q. Dao Eastern Illinois University
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"This edited volume contains well-written papers and research project reports on issues related to economic growth and poverty reduction efforts in the cities of developing countries. Written by leading researchers in urban growth and development, these papers and reports are organized in two parts: the first deals with the dynamics of poverty and urban poverty research while the second addresses that of urban systems. In addition, this work gives an extensive agenda for future research in these areas. It is an excellent handbook for acadmeic researchers and policy makers interested in finding out what approaches to urban growth and poverty alleviation have and have not worked. This volume will also be valuable reading for students, graduate and undergraduate, study economic development in general and urban development in particular. The clarity of exposition and minimal use of technical jargon facilitate reading. Research project reports are more qualitative in nature, relying less on quantitative methods. Summing Up: Higly recommended. Public, academic, and professional library collections."
"This edited volume contains well-written papers and research project reports on issues related to economic growth and poverty reduction efforts in the cities of developing countries. Written by leading researchers in urban growth and development, these papers and reports are organized in two parts: the first deals with the dynamics of poverty and urban poverty research while the second addresses that of urban systems. In addition, this work gives an extensive agenda for future research in these areas. It is an excellent handbook for acadmeic researchers and policy makers interested in finding out what approaches to urban growth and poverty alleviation have and have not worked. This volume will also be valuable reading for students, graduate and undergraduate, study economic development in general and urban development in particular. The clarity of exposition and minimal use of technical jargon facilitate reading. Research project reports are more qualitative in nature, relying less on quantitative methods. Summing Up: Higly recommended. Public, academic, and professional library collections."--M. Q. Dao, Eastern Illinois University, in CHOICE
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Summaries
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Poverty and economic growth are intrinsically related but are not always synonymous. Human wellbeing is as important to economic growth as growth is to wellbeing. Poverty is multi-dimensional, encompassing both income and non-income related factors. Mobility, aspiration, dignity, respect, knowledge, information and 'savvy' feature importantly in our understanding of the dynamics of poverty. This book brings together a collection of essays from around the world on urban development and poverty. The book reviews current international research in respect to some of the major themes that contribute to improving the equity and efficiency of urban systems. It bridges the need for a strong theoretical understanding of the issues with the demand for an equal understanding of practical application. Importantly, it explores and sets out methodologies for understanding qualitatively the dynamics of poverty and urban development. Organized into three parts, the book adopts as its principal theme poverty and the eradication of extreme poverty. Part 1: The Dynamics of Poverty and Urban Poverty Research, offers a framework for understanding poverty and a methodology for research. It identifies a range of broadly based, non-country specific themes in respect to the processes of urbanization, urban poverty and child poverty. Part 2: The Dynamics of Urban Systems, includes a selection of country specific essays each focused on an aspect of urban development and its relation to poverty. Each chapter offers first a theoretical overview in respect to its theme topic (shelter, land, partnership, migration), then explored in practice through case. Part 3: Urban Futures, reviews the principal themes emergingfrom the chapters and offers a basis for future work. Each part includes an introductory piece from a southern NGO in response to the question: 'What kind of research would help you most in pursuit of your cause.' In this way this book contributes to the process of ensuring that international academic research remains grounded and practical.
Main Description
Poverty and economic growth are intrinsically related but are not always synonymous. Human wellbeing is as important to economic growth as growth is to wellbeing. Poverty is multi-dimensional, encompassing both income and non-income related factors. Mobility, aspiration, dignity, respect, knowledge, information and savvy feature importantly in our understanding of the dynamics of poverty. This book brings together a collection of essays from around the world on urban development and poverty. The book reviews current international research in respect to some of the major themes that contribute to improving the equity and efficiency of urban systems. It bridges the need for a strong theoretical understanding of the issues with the demand for an equal understanding of practical application. Importantly, it explores and sets out methodologies for understanding qualitatively the dynamics of poverty and urban development. Organized into three parts, the book adopts as its principal theme poverty and the eradication of extreme poverty. Part 1 The Dynamics of Poverty and Urban Poverty Research offers a framework for understanding poverty and a methodology for research. It identifies a range of broadly based, non-country specific themes in respect to the processes of urbanization, urban poverty and child poverty. Part 2 The Dynamics of Urban Systems includes a selection of country specific essays each focused on an aspect of urban development and its relation to poverty. Each chapter offers first a theoretical overview in respect to its theme topic (shelter, land, partnership, migration), then explored in practice through case. Part 3 Urban Futures reviews the principal themes emerging from the chapters and offers a basis for future work. Each part includes an introductory piece from a southern NGO in response to the question: aWhat kind of research would help you most in pursuit of your cause. In this way this book contributes to the process of ensuring that international academic research remains grounded and practical. Editor: Nabeel Hamdi is a consultant with long experience of urban development issues and is now attached to Oxford Brookes University, UK.
Main Description
Poverty and economic growth are intrinsically related but are not always synonymous. Human wellbeing is as important to economic growth as growth is to wellbeing. Poverty is multi-dimensional, encompassing both income and non-income related factors. Mobility, aspiration, dignity, respect, knowledge, information and 'savvy' feature importantly in our understanding of the dynamics of poverty. This book brings together a collection of essays from around the world on urban development and poverty. The book reviews current international research in respect to some of the major themes that contribute to improving the equity and efficiency of urban systems. It bridges the need for a strong theoretical understanding of the issues with the demand for an equal understanding of practical application. Importantly, it explores and sets out methodologies for understanding qualitatively the dynamics of poverty and urban development. Organized into three parts, the book adopts as its principal theme poverty and the eradication of extreme poverty. Part 1: The Dynamics of Poverty and Urban Poverty Research, offers a framework for understanding poverty and a methodology for research. It identifies a range of broadly based, non-country specific themes in respect to the processes of urbanization, urban poverty and child poverty. Part 2 : The Dynamics of Urban Systems, includes a selection of country specific essays each focused on an aspect of urban development and its relation to poverty. Each chapter offers first a theoretical overview in respect to its theme topic (shelter, land, partnership, migration), then explored in practice through case. Part 3: Urban Futures, reviews the principal themes emerging from the chapters and offers a basis for future work. Each part includes an introductory piece from a southern NGO in response to the question: "What kind of research would help you most in pursuit of your cause." In this way this book contributes to the process of ensuring that international academic research remains grounded and practical.
Main Description
Poverty and economic growth are intrinsically related but are not always synonymous. Human wellbeing is as important to economic growth as growth is to wellbeing. Poverty is multi-dimensional, encompassing both income and non-income related factors. Mobility, aspiration, dignity, respect, knowledge, information and savvy " feature importantly in our understanding of the dynamics of poverty. This book brings together a collection of essays from around the world on urban development and poverty. The book reviews current international research in respect to some of the major themes that contribute to improving the equity and efficiency of urban systems. It bridges the need for a strong theoretical understanding of the issues with the demand for an equal understanding of practical application. Importantly, it explores and sets out methodologies for understanding qualitatively the dynamics of poverty and urban development. Organized into three parts, the book adopts as its principal theme poverty and the eradication of extreme poverty. Part 1: The Dynamics of Poverty and Urban Poverty Research, offers a framework for understanding poverty and a methodology for research. It identifies a range of broadly based, non-country specific themes in respect to the processes of urbanization, urban poverty and child poverty. Part 2 : The Dynamics of Urban Systems, includes a selection of country specific essays each focused on an aspect of urban development and its relation to poverty. Each chapter offers first a theoretical overview in respect to its theme topic (shelter, land, partnership, migration), then explored in practice through case. Part 3: Urban Futures, reviews the principal themes emerging from the chapters and offers a basis for future work. Each part includes an introductory piece from a southern NGO in response to the question: "What kind of research would help you most in pursuit of your cause." In this way this book contributes to the process of ensuring that international academic research remains grounded and practical.
Main Description
What kinds of research into poverty are most helpful to those trying to deal with key issues in poverty reduction in an urban setting: topics like shelter, land tenure, partnership, and migration? Through country case studies the contributors to Urban Futures explore what works, and discuss the issues and principles of different aspects of urban development in relation to poverty. Overall the book offers a framework for understanding poverty, and a methodology for research, that will help all those working towards the eradication of extreme poverty in the context of projected urban demographic growth. Book jacket.
Table of Contents
The Urban Management Seriesp. vii
Forewordp. ix
List of figuresp. xi
List of tablesp. xii
List of acronyms and abbreviationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
The dynamics of poverty and urban poverty researchp. 5
Understanding urban and the management of changep. 7
Understanding poverty: urban longitudinal research methodologyp. 21
Young Lives: panel studies and child povertyp. 32
Poverty and urban violencep. 39
The dynamics of urban systemsp. 49
A question of voice: informality and pro-poor policy in Johannesburg, South Africap. 51
Begging, requesting, demanding, negotiating: moving towards urban poor partnerships in governancep. 69
Migratory flows, poverty and social inclusion in Latin Americap. 89
Room for manoeuvre: tenure and the urban poor in Indiap. 109
Urban housing and livelihoods: comparative case examples from Kenya and Indiap. 125
Housing policy and economic reform: a comparative case of Argentina and Mexicop. 142
Land for housing the poor in African cities: are neo-customary processes an effective alternative to formal systems?p. 160
Street trade in Kenya: the contribution of research in policy dialogue and responsep. 175
Epilogue: The answers we need now to prepare for our urban futuresp. 188
Notes on authorsp. 195
Notesp. 202
Referencesp. 209
Indexp. 223
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