More than a billion people live in informal neighborhoods around the world, also known as slums, barriadas or villas, or favelas in Brazil. These neighborhoods usually lack access to clean water and sanitation systems, and residents live in inadequate and overcrowded housing. In 1995, Favela Bairro (FB) program in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, aimed to connect these informal … [Read more...] about Favela-Bairro Upgrading Program: Assessing results 10 years later
80% of the citizens of Latin America and the Caribbean receive services through the municipal governments, so it is essential to improve the attention capacity of local governments. How to strengthen the governance capacity of institutions, supporting citizen participation and metropolitan coordination? Learn more by reading our blog and downloading this publication.
Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) has become predominantly metropolitan and we have not yet made progress towards effective metropolitan governance. In an incremental process, metropolitan areas have become - de facto - an emerging phenomenon: 47% of the regional population is concentrated in 180 urban agglomerates with more than 180,000 inhabitants, which is equivalent to … [Read more...] about Metropolitan Dialogues: Steps towards the Institutional Construction of Metropolitan Governance
In the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, national governments are overwhelmed by the quantitative and qualitative housing deficits. In most countries it would take at least 50 years of sustained investments to just ease the quantitative deficit. The solution seems like a gigantic task. This situation requires a more active role of the municipalities in the provision … [Read more...] about Municipalities and social housing: urban financing tools to alleviate the deficit
Pick us! We’ll do anything you want. That’s one way of paraphrasing Maryland’s Transportation Secretary, Pete Rahn’s recent blank check offer to lure the retail giant, Amazon. Maryland’s Montgomery County, Northern Virginia, and Washington D.C., are thrilled to have made it through to Amazon’s reality-show-esque short listing of 20 possible locations for its second headquarters … [Read more...] about Metropolitan coordination and governance for a sustainable urban development