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Building on the success of last year’s paper competition, USAID’s Urban Programs Team, in cooperation with the International Housing Coalition (IHC), The World Bank, the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Comparative Urban Studies Project (CUSP), and Cities Alliance, is once again seeking paper submissions for an upcoming policy workshop and paper competition on urban poverty in the developing world. Winning papers will be published and selected authors will present their papers in a policy workshop to be held in Washington, D.C. in October 2011.
Papers should be linked to one of the following topical areas:
Land Markets & Security of Tenure
The absence of efficient land and housing markets and lack of secure tenure for both renters and home
owners are important impediments to urban and economic development in developing countries. Papers
on these topics should explore strategies and approaches that would enable property markets to function
better and would provide increased security of tenure and strengthened real property ownership rights.
Papers might examine such topics as: legal and regulatory policies and frameworks that facilitate the
functioning and efficiency of real estate markets; tenure security for tenants and homeowners; property
ownership in slums and informal settlements; the availability of land to house lower income households;
titling and registration systems; the availability of public information about property values and market
data; gender aspects of tenure security and property rights.
The World Health Organization recognizes the rapid increase of people living in cities as one of the most
important global health issues of the 21st century. This issue is particularly important in Sub-Sahara
African, Asian, and Latin American cities struggling with persistently high disease rates and rapidly
urbanizing populations. Solutions lie in both improving health services and improving the living
environment of poor urban residents, especially their access to safe water and sanitation services. We
welcome papers analyzing approaches to identifying and addressing urban health challenges in
The urban poor exhibit extraordinary innovation and resiliency in the face of extreme challenges and
marginalization. Papers on this sub-topic should explore the ways that the urban poor work themselves
out of poverty by adapting to the economic, political, social, and various other constraints that they face.
Papers might discuss: informal economy; enabling environment and regulatory policies; access to credit,
microenterprise development, and income generation.
Papers should be policy-based and solutions-oriented and should critically examine existing projects
and/or propose new strategies for tackling issues related to urban poverty. Papers from a variety of
disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary perspectives are appropriate, including (but not limited to) urban
planning, economics, political science, geography, public policy, sociology, public health, and
anthropology. For more information, please contact Nancy Leahy (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For more information on last year’s competition, please visit: