Inclusive Economic Development: Treating People and Communities as Assets
Inclusive communities are productive communities. Every person and neighborhood deserves the opportunity to participate actively in governmental decision-making, to contribute to economic development through individual and cooperative initiative, and to share in the fruits of prosperity and democracy. Global Urban Development recognizes people as the world's most important resource; therefore we develop and implement urban strategies that are participatory and inclusive. Such strategies empower people to organize effectively to solve their own problems, improve their environment, and contribute to the overall productivity of their community, city, region, and nation. For example, Global Urban Development addresses the dynamics of the "informal" sector and explores ways to fully integrate every individual and family into the international marketplace, with full citizenship, property rights, and responsibilities. The adaptive methods people create and employ to conduct business, produce goods, provide services, grow food, make clothes, build housing, educate children, maintain health, and perform many other daily activities clearly contribute to the well-being of society and should not be excluded from the formal organization of economic and social life. It is far better to welcome and encourage people's creative energy and hard-working spirit by integrating everyone into mainstream institutions and ensuring that they have the basic security of tenure and livelihood. All people will then benefit much more completely from the output that flows from the many difficult and challenging tasks they regularly perform. These same principles apply in the world of the "formal" sector. The power of people to organize cooperatively in their communities is vital for solving urban problems and improving the quality of urban life. Global Urban Development emphasizes partnership approaches as the most effective way to accomplish important urban development goals, highlighting a wide variety of initiatives from around the world where community groups have successfully collaborated with business, government, and civic organizations.
This GUD committee gave birth during 2002-4 to the Community Productivity Project (CPP), in partnership with Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat). The CPP helped innovate the policy framework for Inclusive Economic Development Strategies and Community Productivity Indicators. The CPP partnership included government agencies and NGOs in Cape Town, Cleveland, Mexico City, Mumbai, London, Nairobi, Jakarta, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Tirana. Despite the efforts of Besnik Aliaj, Jockin Arputham, Nefise Bazoglu, Gregory Berzonsky, Sergio Besserman Vianna, Lance Buhl, Sundar Burra, Tim Campbell, William Cobbett, Claudia Coulton, Celine d'Cruz, Kim Van Deventer, Mary del Carmen Diaz Amador, Malika Djebli, Marlene Fernandes, Peter Hall, Emile Van Heyningen, Eric Hoddersen, Jane Katz, Jeroen Klink, Nomaindia Mfeketo, Nhanla Mjoli-Mncube, Eduardo Moreno, Geoff Mulgan, Sheela Patel, Janice Perlman, Jonas Rabinovitch, Wicaksono Sarosa, Nina Schuler, Wandia Seaforth, Nancy Sedmak-Weiss, Marta Suplicy, Nigel Tapela, Marta Tellado, Patrick Wakely, Emiel Wegelin, Erna Witoelar, Nicholas You, Robert Zdenek, and many others, and even with the encouragement of Gene Sperling and the Clinton Global Initiative, we were unable to raise the $10 million needed to do the full-scale global Community Productivity Project. The good news is that GUD will be engaging in Inclusive Economic Development in many countries during the next few years, especially in Latin America.
Global Housing Indicators Networking Event, UN World Urban Forum 7, Medellin, Colombia, April 2014
Since 2010 GUD has been working with Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), UN-Habitat, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), World Bank, Cities Alliance, US Government, Rockefeller Foundation, International Housing Coalition, and many other organizations on the Global Housing Indicators (GHI) initiative, under the leadership of GUD Board member Jane Katz, who is HFHI’s Director of International Affairs and Programs. She also serves as GHI Manager, and as Co-Chair of GUD’s committee on Inclusive Economic Development, which is actively supporting the GHI initiative. In December 2011 HFHI and IDB organized a Housing Indicators Workshop at the IDB offices in Washington, DC, and HFHI published a key report, Global Housing Indicators: Evidence for Action. For more information, see http:globalhousingindicators.org.
On April 10, 2014 at the UN World Urban Forum in Medellin, Colombia, GUD will sponsor a Networking Event entitled “Global Housing Indicators (GHI) Working Group Launch Event: Policy Knowledge and Empirical Data to Promote Equitable, Affordable, Sustainable, and Resilient Housing and Community Development.” Speakers at this event will include: Ana Marie Argilagos, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Philanthropic Innovation, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington; Dr. Eugenie L. Birch, Professor of Urban Research and Education, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Cid Blanco Jr., Housing and Urban Planning Consultant, Rio de Janeiro; William Cobbett, Manager, Cities Alliance, Brussels; Dr. Fernanda Magalhaes, Senior Urban Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington; Dr. Ellen Hamilton, Lead Urban Specialist, World Bank, Washington; Jane Katz, Director of International Affairs and Programs, Habitat for Humanity International, Washington; Christophe Lalande, Housing Unit Leader, UN-Habitat, Nairobi; Dr. Marc A. Weiss, Chairman and CEO, Global Urban Development, Washington; and Maria Luisa Zanelli, Advocacy Manager, Habitat for Humanity Latin America and Caribbean, Lima.
Economic Development: Treating People and Communities as Assets Committee
Co-Chairs: Jane Katz, Janice Perlman, and Edmundo Werna
Cid Blanco Jr.
Chung Ying Cheng
Lauren Moser Counts
Hernando De Soto
Nathaniel von Einsiedel
Emille van Heyningen
Ritu George Kaliaden
Andreia Marin Martins
Marta Nunes da Costa
Mary Jane Ortega
Molly O’Meara Sheehan
Kees Van Der Ree
Silvia Guimaraes Yafai