Urban Poverty Essay

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Understanding Urban Poverty; What the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers tell us Diana Mitlin This document is an output from a project funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) for the benefit of developing countries. The views expressed are not necessarily those of the DFID. It is one of two papers prepared with the support of the UK Department for International Development under a research contract for "Seeking more accurate and inclusive measures of urban poverty" (contract No: 8131). The other paper is on The Under-estimation of Urban Poverty in Low and Middle-income Nations by David Satterthwaite and, like this one, is available as a published working paper from www.earthprint.org or electronically at www.iied.org/urban/downloads.html. ii ABOUT THE AUTHOR Diana Mitlin is an economist with the Human Settlements Programme of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in London and teaches part time at the Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM), University of Manchester. She also works on urban poverty issues within the Centre for Chronic Poverty and the Centre on Regulation and Competition at IDPM. She is a member of the editorial board of Environment and Urbanization and is the editor of HiFi News, a newsletter on innovations in housing finance. Address: Human Settlements Programme, IIED 3 Endsleigh Street London WC1H ODD, UK Tel: (44) 207 388 2117 Fax: (44) 207 388 2826 E-mail: Diana.mitlin@iied.org ISBN: 1 84369 512 X iii CONTENTS SUMMARY................................................................................................................................. 1 I. Introduction............................................................................................................................... 1 II. Measuring Urban
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