Housing

IFC conducted a market study of housing finance for women in three countries where cultural, institutional, and policy barriers to women’s access to housing finance have been identified, as have opportunities for financial institutions to tap this potential market. The three countries are Colombia (GDP per capita $14,999), India (GDP per capita $7,761), and Kenya (GDP per capita $3,461).
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Evidence is mounting that secure property rights have positive effects for poor people in general and women in particular. The aim of this report is to review what is known about women's access to and control over land and real property in urban settings, identifying approaches to strengthening property rights that enhance women s agency, and sharing key lessons.
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With more than half of the world’s population already living in cities, continued urbanization presents great opportunities as well as significant challenges. How cities respond to this growth will have a profound impact on the global environment. It is therefore essential not only to help cities grow in a way that promotes sustainability, but also to ensure that cities develop and respond to challenges in an inclusive way.
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Melaka State in Malaysia has strong sustainability aspirations and is an important member of the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities (GPSC). To inform the next update to Melaka’s State Structure Plan, GPSC performed a sustainability outlook diagnostic to holistically consider six dimensions of the state’s urban sustainability.
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The Urban Transitions Alliance initiative supports industrial legacy cities from across the globe to identify common challenges, share knowledge and develop solutions to successfully guide their individual sustainable solutions. These thematic briefing sheets capture key transition challenges, solution pathways and city case studies from the Alliance cities in the field of infrastructure, mobility, energy and social transitions.

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Confronting the Urban Housing Crisis in the Global South: Adequate, Secure, and Affordable Housing" is a chapter of the World Resources Report: Towards a More Equal City.

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This working paper on urban housing is the latest installment of WRI’s flagship World Resources Report (WRR), “Towards a More Equal City.” The report examines if more equitable access to core urban services improves the economy and the environment.

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Urban population is exploding and by 2030, nearly 60 percent of the world's projected 8.3 billion people will live in cities. This translates into a need for 300 million new homes. Currently, 828 million slum dwellers are highly exposed to climate change and natural disasters, due partly to substandard housing but also to segregation and inequality. Worldwide, 93 percent of people have no access to formal housing finance products. Delivering affordable housing at global scale requires tackling three parts of the value chain: housing supply, housing finance, and institutional frameworks.

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