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  1. Library Resource
    Journal Articles & Books
    December, 2012

    L’ampleur du phénomène d’artificialisation des terres agricoles dans les pays méditerranéensoblige à s’interroger sur les modes de régulation publique susceptibles de protéger plus efficacement cesterres contre l'étalement urbain et résidentiel. C’est avec cet objectif et dans la perspective d’apporter desconnaissances utiles aux décideurs publics qu’un réseau méditerranéen (FONCIMED) d'échanges et decomparaisons d'expériences sur la question foncière s’est constitué en 2007.

  2. Library Resource
    Reports & Research
    Training Resources & Tools
    June, 2006
    Pakistan, Southern Asia

    This note provides a short overview of urban land and housing market performance in Punjab Province of Pakistan. It describes the characteristics of well-functioning urban land and housing markets and argues that, at present, the Punjab's urban land and housing markets are not performing well. The paper identifies a range of structural and institutional shortcomings that impede urban land market performance, and then concludes by offering recommendations for making land and housing markets functions better.

  3. Library Resource

    The Importance of the Informal Economy

    Reports & Research
    Policy Papers & Briefs
    December, 2008

    All countries have a formal economy and an informal economy. But, on average, in developing countries the relative size of the informal sector is considerably larger than in developed countries. This paper argues that this has important implications for housing policy in developing countries. That most poor households derive their income from informal employment effectively precludes income-contingent transfers as a method of redistribution.

  4. Library Resource

    Engines of Growth and Prosperity for Developing Countries?

    Reports & Research
    Policy Papers & Briefs
    December, 2008

    This paper reviews the evidence about the effects of urbanization and cities on productivity and economic growth in developing countries using a consistent theoretical framework. Just like in developed economies, there is strong evidence that cities in developing countries bolster productive efficiency. Regarding whether cities promote self-sustained growth, the evidence is suggestive but ultimately inconclusive. These findings imply that the traditional agenda of aiming to raise within-city efficiency should be continued.

  5. Library Resource

    Lessons Learned from the Experience in Lagos and Other Mega-Cities

    Reports & Research
    Training Resources & Tools
    June, 2015
    Nigeria, Africa

    This report aims to extract lessons on slum upgrading and involuntary resettlement policies and practices learned from the process of addressing the Badia East case, which involved complex interactions between affected people, NGOs, the Bank and Lagos State Government.

  6. Library Resource
    Reports & Research
    Policy Papers & Briefs
    May, 2014

    The accumulation of decent housing matters both because of the difference it makes to living standards and because of its centrality to economic development. The consequences for living standards are far-reaching. In addition to directly conferring utility, decent housing improves health and enables children to do homework. It frees up women's time and enables them to participate in the labor market. More subtly, a home and its environs affect identity and self-respect.

  7. Library Resource
    Reports & Research
    Policy Papers & Briefs
    May, 2014

    The great 21st-century migration into cities will present both a great challenge for humanity and a significant opportunity for global economic growth. This paper describes the diverse patterns that define this metropolitan migration. It then lays out a framework for understanding the costs and benefits of new arrivals through migration's externalities and the challenges and policy tradeoffs that confront city stakeholders.

  8. Library Resource
    Reports & Research
    Policy Papers & Briefs
    May, 2014
    Latin America and the Caribbean

    Housing matters to the livability of cities and to the productivity of their economies. The failure of cities to accommodate the housing needs of growing urban populations can be seen in the proliferation of poorly serviced, high-density informal settlements. Such settlements are not new in the history of rapidly growing cities, their persistence results as much from policies as from economics and demographic transition. Slums have attracted most of the attention on urban housing in developing countries, and the Millennium Development Goals have given prominence to their reduction.

  9. Library Resource
    March, 2012

    Interest in farmland is rising. And,
    given commodity price volatility, growing human and
    environmental pressures, and worries about food security,
    this interest will increase, especially in the developing
    world. One of the highest development priorities in the
    world must be to improve smallholder agricultural
    productivity, especially in Africa. Smallholder productivity
    is essential for reducing poverty and hunger, and more and

  10. Library Resource
    April, 2014

    Cities' development matters to
    Pakistan. It is central to economic growth, job creation and
    quality of life. This is also one of the core themes in the
    2011 Government of Pakistan Framework for Economic Growth
    (FEG). This paper explores the conditions for
    growth-enhancing spatial change in Pakistan s cities.
    Cities' development matters to Pakistan. Two strands of
    analysis are developed. First, it reviews the performance

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