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Editorial: How to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in urban areas

Where are the local change on which meeting the MDGs depend?

Why has 50 years of development cooperation failed to address the needs of much of the population in low and middle-income nations? Among the many competing explanations, one of the most plausible for urban areas is the failure of most development initiatives to consult and work with the 'urban poor' in devising locally appropriate solutions - even though these people's 'needs' are the justification for the development initiatives and for all the agencies that fund them, and even though most international agencies claim to support 'participation' and to be 'pro-poor'. The discussions on how to meet the Millennium Development Goals present a new opportunity to address this. But to date, there is not much evidence that this basic limitation in development is recognized- let alone addressed.....

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  • IIED code: G00493
  • Published: Apr 2005 - IIED
  • Theme: Urban
  • Source pub: Environment and Urbanization
  • Language: English

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Hasan, Arif, Sheela Patel and David Satterthwaite.(2005) How to Meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) in Urban Areas. Environment and Urbanization, vol. 17: pp. 3-19
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