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This subject was formerly called Comparative Housing Policy and Services.
The subject title is overly hopeful. Whereas it is estimated that 227 million people have moved out of slum conditions from 2000-2010, the number of people living in slums continues to grow. It is projected that by 2030 two billion persons will live in slums. Proceeding nonetheless ...
The subject has four parts. The first explains the process of urbanization, slum formation and the persistence of slums. The second locates slum upgrading and the delivery of land and provision of basic services in the context of urban governance. The third considers the roles of institutions such as the World Bank, UN-Habitat and Cities Alliance in formulating national slum upgrading policies. The fourth explores the experience of community-led slum upgrading through the Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC) and the Indian Alliance, and the Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI).
The subject also touches on cross-cutting topics, generally including climate change adaptation, micro-finance, disaster recovery, ‘replicability’ and ‘scaling up’; and employs case studies of slum upgrading.
Intended learning outcomes
- Understanding of the governance issues at the level of the city (or state) that are relevant to land an housing delivery for low-income households, with a focus on slum upgrading
- A substantive knowledge of slum upgrading processes
- Insight into the relevance of housing and slum markets in different cities and governance contexts
- Insight into the role of international development agencies in shaping the urban policy agenda and their use of the web for this purpose
- Critical reading and debating, policy research and presentation and writing skills.
- Written and verbal communication.
- Identification of key issues and debates in comparative housing and service delivery.
- Applied knowledge of slum upgrading in Mumbai and Jakarta.
- Insight into Mumbai and Jakarta governance and housing policies.
Last updated: 2 October 2021