Affordable housing has moved to the fore of global concerns, but cities and developers still don't adhere to the key lesson: to make development inclusive, involve communities in the process.
Diagnosed in the U.S., "winner-take-all urbanism" also afflicts cities in the fast-growing global south in noxious ways that demand unique solutions—starting with participatory development that prioritizes improvements where people already live.
This working paper on urban housing is the latest installment of WRI’s flagship World Resources Report (WRR), “Towards a More Equal City.” The report examines if more equitable access to core urban services improves the economy and the environment.
Affordable housing is a critical need in the cities of the global south. Innovative approaches can help replace slums with healthier environments.