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Global Urban Poverty: Setting the Agenda

Global Urban Poverty: Setting the Agenda

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One billion people—one-third of the world’s urban population—currently live in slums. In cities across the globe, hundreds of millions of people exist in desperate poverty without access to adequate shelter, clean water, and basic sanitation. Overcrowding and environmental degradation make the urban poor particularly vulnerable to the spread of disease. Insecurity permeates all aspects of life for slum dwellers. Without land title or tenure, they face the constant threat of eviction. Crime and violence are concentrated in city slums, disproportionately affecting the urban poor. Most slum dwellers depend upon precarious employment in the informal sector, characterized by low pay and poor working conditions. Illegal settlements are often located on hazardous land in the urban periphery. Perhaps most alienated in city slums are growing youth populations whose unmet needs for space, education, health, and jobs can lead to social problems, further undermining security in urban areas.
One billion people—one-third of the world’s urban population—currently live in slums. In cities across the globe, hundreds of millions of people exist in desperate poverty without access to adequate shelter, clean water, and basic sanitation. Overcrowding and environmental degradation make the urban poor particularly vulnerable to the spread of disease. Insecurity permeates all aspects of life for slum dwellers. Without land title or tenure, they face the constant threat of eviction. Crime and violence are concentrated in city slums, disproportionately affecting the urban poor. Most slum dwellers depend upon precarious employment in the informal sector, characterized by low pay and poor working conditions. Illegal settlements are often located on hazardous land in the urban periphery. Perhaps most alienated in city slums are growing youth populations whose unmet needs for space, education, health, and jobs can lead to social problems, further undermining security in urban areas.

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Comparative UrbanStudies Project 
GLOBAL URBAN POVERTY
SETTING THE AGENDA
Edited byALLISON M. GARLAND,MEJGAN MASSOUMIandBLAIR A. RUBLE
 
GLOBAL URBAN POVERTY:SETTING THE AGENDA
Edited byAllison M. Garland, Mejgan Massoumi and Blair A. Ruble
 
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