Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal
E and U April 2018 cover detail

Current issue: Local funds for local development

Public investment is essential for urban development, especially for extending and improving infrastructure and public services. But there are a billion people living in informal settlements without adequate infrastructure or essential services. From where can the necessary capital be secured?  And how can financial systems be designed to support community- and local government-led urban development? A new and more ambitious finance agenda is needed if no-one is to be left behind.

This issue of /Environment and Urbanization/ therefore calls for development agencies and central governments to assess their financial systems and processes and seek opportunities to strengthen local governments and community organisations as a foundation for achieving global aspirations for sustainable development and poverty eradication.


Book notes

In Syria, seven years of conflict have been catastrophic. Thousands of qualified doctors and health workers have left since 2011. In neighbouring countries, informal employment among displaced Syrian health workers is broadly acknowledged. But its scale, scope and nature are poorly documented.

This book draws on the author’s 40 years of research, consultancy and teaching on how best to tackle housing problems in the global South. It begins with a foreword by John F C Turner that emphasizes how – given adequate access to land, basic resources, and freedom to control key local development decisions – people and their organizations can and often do build and maintain attractive places serving the wide range of individual priorities in community-building ways. The book addresses this in its support for incremental development.

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