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Urban Livelihoods

Carole Rakodi
Price: $ 27.5

¿This book will make a significant contribution to improving the lives, and expanding the livelihood opportunities, of the inhabitants of cities and towns in the developing world¿- From the Foreword by CLARE SHORT, UK Secretary of State for International Development

The rapid urbanization of the poor in developing countries requires appropriately conceived, people-centred strategies for addressing critical development challenges such as health, employment, education and the living environment, and innovative ways of identifying problems and potential solutions.

The ¿livelihoods approach¿ to poverty reduction outlined in this book provides a valuable framework for understanding the opportunities and assets available to poor people and the sources of their vulnerability, as well as the impact upon them of external organizations, processes and policies. It identifies the fundamental importance of a genuine commitment from national and international political actors to addressing the concerns of the poor, accompanied by governance structures and processes that are responsive to the claims and needs of diverse groups.

Based on recent and extensive research, Urban Livelihoods assesses the value of a focus on livelihoods in analysing urban poverty and in guiding the selection of policy and programme components. It reviews the situation and strategies of poor urban people, including recent project experience, and identifies the implications of this for both policy and practice.

This readable, transdisciplinary survey of key issues in the secure livelihood debate is an essential introduction and reference for policy-makers, professionals, development workers, academics and students.

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