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Urban poor

We have 15 items tagged with ‘Urban poor’.
  • A street scene with pedestrians, stallholders, motorbikes and cars

    Making Indian cities inclusive means making them more walkable

    Walking, cycling and using public transport are the main ways of getting around Indian cities. But as India's cities expand and car ownership increases, pedestrians are being marginalised – and their safety is being put at risk

    5 June 2019 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • A family living in a cemetery in Cebu City, the Philippines. A lack of affordable housing has led some 100 families to set up home among the mausoleums (Photo: Karl Fluch, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Who can we trust to measure urban poverty?

    International definitions of the poverty line don't take into the account the additional costs of living in cities. Sarah Colenbrander says the urban poor can help institutions such as the United Nations and the World Bank develop accurate, local, definitions of urban poverty

    13 June 2017 | Blog | Poverty
  • An image of a man with a wheelbarrow in the Kibera informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya, the biggest in Africa and one of the biggest in the world. The rights of all must be incorporated into the 'new urban agenda' (Photo: Steffan Jensen/, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Recognising urban rights: global debates and local struggles

    Global debates can help frame how human rights in the city are recognised but are often far removed from processes that affirm rights at local level

    26 May 2016 | Blog | Urban
  • Like many East African cities, Rwanda's capital Kigali faces the challenges of rapid growth and insufficient infrastructure (Photo: Kigali Wire, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Why low-carbon urban development in African cities makes economic sense

    City governments in East Africa are grappling with rapid urbanisation and widespread poverty. Pursuing low-carbon urban development could offer a many of benefits

    1 April 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • Water kiosks in Zambia provide safe drinking water for poor households in peri urban areas of Chipata. Careful consideration of the affordability of water services for the urban poor is vital to provide universal and equitable access to safe and affordable water for everyone by 2030 (Photo: SuSanA Secretariat, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Improved water access unaffordable for urban poor

    On World Water Day, a new briefing shows that the urban poor are missing out on the benefits of 'improved' water services because the costs are too high

    22 March 2016 | Blog | Urban
  • A living room on the street, in Karachi, Pakistan (Photo: Fareena Chanda)

    A picture of urban living

    What does the word 'urban' mean to you? Our photo gallery shows how we are working with partners to document and highlight the often neglected circumstances in low-income urban communities, and to advocate for change

    30 October 2015 | Blog | Urban
  • A toilet block in Mumbai, India, where people living in different informal settlements experience distinct forms of inadequate sanitation (Photo: Renu Desai)

    Sanitation in informal settlements: a networked problem

    Can understanding how people perceive sanitation help achieve sustainable access to sanitation in cities?

    26 August 2015 | Blog | Urban
  • How can decentralised finance drive sustainable development? A new interactive story produced by IIED's Human Settlements Group highlights successful examples from the global South (Image: Kiln/IIED)

    It's the thought that counts: how can Addis deliver for the world’s poorest?

    When the world's leaders meet in Addis to decide how they fund the SDGs, the real question is whether this money will support the world's poorest to shape their own futures

    8 July 2015 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • About the architecture of aid

    About the architecture of aid

    How can decentralised finance drive sustainable development? A new interactive story produced by IIED's Human Settlements Group highlights successful examples from the global South

    8 July 2015 | Article | Poverty
  • In urban and rural communities across the world, low income families lack the shelter and services they need to live with dignity, security, health and prosperity (Photo: IIED)

    References: how can decentralised finance drive sustainable development?

    The interactive presentation on architecture of aid describes two powerful examples of international funds that have supported community-based organisations at scale – the Urban Poor Fund International and the Asian Coalition for Community Action. Here are the sources used

    8 July 2015 | Article | Poverty
  • Muganda at his stall at Karango town with Medius Bihunirwa, a researcher with the Kabarole Research and Resource Centre (Photo: Kabarole Research and Resource Centre)

    Rush to urbanise leaves food vendors out in the rain

    The drive to organise and improve towns and cities in Uganda is leaving food vendors out in the rain, warns Chris Busiinge from the Kabarole Research and Resource Centre

    7 July 2015 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Informal settlements, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Human Settlements Group ways of working

    We address urban environmental issues at all levels – with local grassroots partners, with colleagues in the international research community and globally, to influence the sustainability agenda

    17 September 2014 | Article | Poverty
  • The implications of land-use dynamics for poor households and the environment are explored in the short film 'Karachi Rising' (Photo: IIED)

    Spreading the word about Karachi's contested land

    A report on land ownership and low-income housing is influencing future urban planners

    14 September 2014 | Article | Urban
  • Asian Coalition for Community Action

    Critical theme: Introducing the Asian Coalition for Community Action

    Urban poverty reduction was the focus when the latest in a series of seminars at the International Institute for Environment and Development took place on July 2

    30 June 2014 | Article | Urban
  • Community reblocking to improve settlement design and the quality of the neighbourhood in Namibia (Photo: Diana Mitlin/IIED)

    Namibia shows how to support low cost housing

    Around a quarter of Namibians live in informal urban neighbourhoods; they live without secure tenure and without adequate access to services. So how has the country gained its reputation for progressive state action on housing?

    13 June 2014 | Blog | Poverty
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