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Civil Society in Action: Transforming opportunities for the urban poor

Journal article, 296 pages

For more information see www.environmentandurbanization.org

All but the last four issues of this journal are free online. Recent issues require a subscription to view the articles although the editorial and summaries are free to download (see below)

The October 2001 issue of Environment and Urbanization has been prepared by Shack Dwellers International (SDI), a network of community organizations in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It includes articles by members on strategies and approaches that have been found to be of particular importance. for example; the use of savings and credit as a means of building strong local organizations, and an illustration of how the process has taken hold in a number of “new” countries. It also includes perspectives from a range of development professionals and agencies on the significance of SDI and a description of new relations with local authorities and state agencies that the grassroots organizations have been able to negotiate. Photo-essays on community site development and construction show some of the work of member organizations.

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