Loren Landau, Director of the Forced Migration Studies Program at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, sat down with CUSP Program Associate Allison Garland to discuss migration and urban transformation in South Africa. Landau was at the Wilson Center to participate in a major conference on "Transnational Migration to New Regional Centers".
The number of urban slum dwellers worldwide is staggering. According to UN-Habitat, 827.6 million people live in slums around the world. Despite meeting a Millennium Development Goal to significantly improve the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers by 2020, the total number of people living in these areas still increased by 55 million between 2000 and 2010. By 2020, the world slum population is projected to reach 889 million. With the majority of people now living in cities, urban priorities are synonymous with human security and environmental sustainability and must be accounted for in the global development agenda. The result of the third annual paper competition co-sponsored by CUSP, USAID, IHC, the World Bank, and Cities Alliance, the chapters in this publication highlight the new research and innovative thinking of the next generation of urban planners, practitioners, and policymakers.
A selection of papers are available online. For printed copies, or for papers not available online, please call 202/691-4289.
The Limits to Our Capacity: The Realities of Community Engagement, Resiliency, and Recovery in Twenty-First Century Crises
Paper contribution to the April 2011 seminar on post-disaster community engagement.
Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Comparative Urban Studies Occasional Papers Series, 27), 1999. PDF: 66KB/9 pages
Paper contribution to the January 2009 seminar on community resilience.