Confronting the Urban Housing Crisis in the Global South

Confronting the Urban Housing Crisis in the Global South

There is an acute shortage of adequate, secure, and affordable urban housing in the Global South, a crisis that is projected to affect 1.6 billion people by 2025, a report from the World Resources Institute finds. According to the report, Confronting the Urban Housing Crisis in the Global South: Adequate, Secure, and Affordable Housing (40 pages, PDF), affordable housing efforts in developing countries face three key challenges — the growth of informal or substandard settlements; an overemphasis on homeownership, which tends to exclude the poor; and land policies and regulations that end up pushing the poor to the urban periphery — and away from jobs. To address these challenges, the report's authors call on city governments to adopt in situ upgrades of informal settlements based on solutions co-designed with their residents; promote affordable rental housing through subsidies and improved legal frameworks; and convert under-utilized ublic land and buildings intto affordable housing.

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