With around 1 billion urban residents living in informal settlements across the global South, there is an urgent need to reconsider how development is targeted and financed in order to improve access to housing and to adequate water and sanitation for the most marginalised.
The level of resources needed to meet demand for housing and service infrastructure significantly exceeds existing public and private sector expenditure. Yet meeting this challenge is not just financial. It requires rethinking how urban development is structured to create an investment environment where all available resources and capabilities can be mobilised.
Below are a collection of resources exploring how more inclusive forms of urban finance can help deliver development in informal settlements: