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Decentralization of Argentina's National Housing Fund

Squatters No More: Singapore Social Housing

Land for Housing in African Cities

Limits to Large-Scale Reconstruction in Honduras

Property Rights in Namibia's 'Extra Legal' Settlements

Impacts of Transportation on Urban Poverty in Colombo, Sir Lanka


Regularization of Informal Settlements in Medellin, Colombia




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Volume 3                    Issue 1                    November  2007

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Alex Abiko is a Professor of Civil Engineering and former Head of the Department of Civil Engineering at the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo in Brazil.

John J. Betancur is an Associate Professor in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago. A native of Medellin, Colombia, he is working with various Colombian universities and research institutes conducting research on improving urban informal settlements.

Robert M. Buckley is an Urban Housing Adviser at the World Bank, and a member of the Advisory Board of Global Urban Development. He has worked on numerous urban and housing finance projects for the World Bank over the past 20 years, and is the author or co-author of many books, articles, and reports, including Housing Finance in Developing Countries, Thirty Years of Shelter Lending, and Shelter Strategies for the Urban Poor.

Luiz Reynaldo de Azevedo Cardoso is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the Polytechnic School of the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil.

Dean Cira is a Senior Urban Specialist at the World Bank, who has worked in Brazil, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Venezuela, and Mexico, primarily on projects focusing on municipal development, slum upgrading, and housing.

Chris E. Cloete is a Professor in the Department of Construction Economics and Program Leader for Real Estate and Research at the University of Pretoria in Tshwane, South Africa.  He is the author of Property Finance in South Africa and Property Investment in South Africa.

Alain Durand-Lasserve is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris, France, and a member of the Board of Directors of Global Urban Development. He works with the SEDET Research Center at the University of Paris-Denis Diderot.  He has written many articles and reports, and is co-editor of Holding Their Ground: Secure Tenure for the Urban Poor in Developing Countries. He works as a consultant for international aid and development agencies in many African and Asian countries.

Bruce W. Ferguson is a consultant and former Senior Housing and Urban Economist at the World Bank, and a member of the Advisory Board of Global Urban Development.  He previously served as an Urban Development and Housing Project Officer at the Inter-American Development Bank, and has published widely on housing and urban development in developing countries and the U.S. 

Mila Freire is currently a Senior Adviser at the World Bank, with an emphasis on urban housing and municipal services in Latin America and the Caribbean.  She previously coordinated the Latin American and Caribbean program for the World Bank Institute, and also has served as a Managing Director of Portugal’s largest bank, the Caixa Geral de Depositos. She is co-editor of The Challenge of Urban Government, and has published extensively in the fields of public financing, decentralization, and urban management.

Heitor Cesar Riogi Haga is a civil engineer who teaches at the Polytechic School of the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil.

Sir Peter Hall is the Bartlett Professor of Planning and Regeneration at University College, London, U.K., and the Vice Chairman of Global Urban Development, also serving as Co-Chair of the GUD Program Committee on Metropolitan Economic Strategy.  His many books include The World Cities, Cities in Civilization, Urban and Regional Planning, Cities of Tomorrow, Urban Future 21, Technopoles of the World, and Silicon Landscapes.

Jerry Kalarickal is a consultant for the World Bank and co-author with Robert Buckley of Thirty Years Shelter Lending and Shelter Strategies for the Urban Poor.

Christine Kessides is a Lead Economist at the World Bank. She is the author of many World Bank reports, including Cities in Transition: World Bank Urban and Local Government Strategy, and she recently completed a report for the Cities Alliance, The Urban Transition in Sub-Saharan Africa: Implications for Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction.

Amal S. Kumarage is a Professor of Civil Engineering of the University of Moratuwa in Colombo, Sri Lanka.  He also is serving as the Chairman of the National Transport Commission in Sri Lanka.

Ricardo Lima is a Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Brasília in Brazil.  He previously served as Director of Urban and Regional Studies at the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA) in Brasilia.

Manya M. Mooya is a Lecturer in the Department of Construction, Economics, and Management at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.  He previously taught in the Department of Land Management at the Polytechnic of Namibia, and the Department of Land Economy at Copperbelt University in Zambia.

Glenn Pearce-Oroz is currently working for the World Bank in Bangladesh as a Senior Water and Sanitation Specialist.  He previously served as a Senior Urban and Municipal Development Officer for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Honduras, where he managed decentralization and urban governance activities in 32 cities throughout the country.

Carole Rakodi is a Professor of International Urban Development at the University of Birmingham in the U.K.  She is editor or co-editor of Urban Livelihoods, Building Sustainable Human Settlements, Managing Fast Growing Cities, and The Urban Challenge in Africa.

Ricardo Rinaldelli is an architect and civil engineer teaching at the Polytechnic School of the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil.

Mahavir Singh works for the Planning Commission of the Government of India.

Belinda Yuen is an Associate Professor of Urban Planning in the Department of Real Estate and the School of Design and Environment at the National University of Singapore, and a member of the Board of Directors of Global Urban Development, also serving as Co-Chair of the GUD Program Committee on Celebrating Our Urban Heritage. Her many published articles and books include Planning Singapore, Sustainable Cities in the 21st Century, Singapore Housing, and Urban Quality of Life.

Cecilia Zanetta is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is the author of The Influence of the World Bank on National Housing and Urban Policies.  During the past 15 years, she has worked as a consultant for the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank in Mexico, Argentina, and other Latin American countries.

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