Earlier this month, approximately eight boulders weighing 60-70 tons each split from the edges of the Muqattam cliffs and fell onto densely populated Manshiyet Nasr, a slum in eastern Cairo, killing more than 100 people and destroying 30-50 homes. This tragedy and the ensuing conflict between residents and local authorities highlight the need for effective governance and urban planning to alleviate poverty and rapid urbanization and avoid conflict.
Paper contribution to the April 2011 seminar on post-disaster community engagement.
Social entrepreneurship blurs the boundaries between civil society, the state, and the market. The term embraces a range of activities, organizations, and individuals including non-governmental organizations, commercial enterprises, and entrepreneurs that has significant potential and hope for addressing global poverty. In this Context interview, Oxford University professor and author Paul Collier describes the latest innovations and alternative solutions to meeting international development goals and empowering the poor.
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; 1999. (Comparative Urban Studies Occasional Series; 25). PDF: 99KB/16 pages
Paper contribution to the January 2009 seminar on community resilience
This publication, the result of the fourth annual "Reducing Urban Poverty" paper competition co-sponsored by the Wilson Center's Comparative Urban Studies Project, USAID, IHC, the World Bank, and Cities Alliance, includes a range of perspectives offering innovative policy solutions to pressing urban problems.
Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; 1997. (Comparative Urban Studies Occasional Paper Series; 9). PDF: 106KB/30 pages
Paper contribution to January 2010 seminar on environmental peacebuilding.