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Brick by Brick: Transforming relations between local government and the urban poor in Zimbabwe

Beth Chitekwe-​Biti

Working paper, 24 pages

This paper explores how the Zimbabwe Homeless People’s Federation has built a working partnership with the City of Harare that has led to more inclusive, pro-poor, urban development. It considers how precedent-setting initiatives around community-led settlement upgrading and innovative funding mechanisms for upgrading have not only leveraged practical gains, in the form of improved housing and basic service provision, but have also been instrumental in the strengthening of this collaborative partnership. ZHPF have also pursued city-wide profiling and an alternative incremental approach to development in order to achieve strategic gains such as pro-poor policy and legal reforms.

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