Reducing Urban Poverty: A New Generation of Ideas

The world faces an unprecedented urban expansion with projections for the global urban population reach nearly 5 billion by the year 2030. Virtually all of this growth will occur in the developing world where cities gain an average of 5 million residents every month. Failure to incorporate urban priorities into the global development agenda carries serious implications for human security, global security, and environmental sustainability. The result of the second 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.

Issues in this Series

Reducing Urban Poverty: A New Generation of Ideas

Lauren Herzer
Recognizing a need to develop and strengthen urban-focused practitioner and policymaking ties with academia, and disseminate evidence-based development programming, CUSP, USAID's Urban Programs Team, the International Housing Coalition, the World Bank, and Cities Alliance teamed up to co-sponsor a second academic paper competition for graduate students studying urban issues. Six winning papers were selected for this publication to highlight the new research and innovative thinking of the next generation of urban planners, practitioners, and policymakers.

Cross-Country Analysis of the Effects of Urbanization, Improved Drinking Water and Improved Sanitation on Cholera

Andrew Leidner
Semi-finalist paper contribution to second annual academic paper competition co-sponsored by the Wilson Center's Comparative Urban Studies Project, USAID's Urban Programs Team, the International Housing Coalition, Cities Alliance, and the World Bank.

Removing Barriers to Land Security in Haiti

Cynthia McCoy
Semi-finalist paper contribution to the second annual academic paper competition co-sponsored by the Wilson Center's Comparative Urban Studies Project, USAID's Urban Programs Team, the International Housing Coalition, Cities Alliance, and the World Bank.

Microfinance on the Ground in Post-Conflict Juba, South Sudan

Crystal Murphy
Semi-finalist paper contribution to the second annual academic paper competition co-sponsored by the Wilson Center's Comparative Urban Studies Project, USAID's Urban Programs Team, the International Housing Coalition, Cities Alliance, and the World Bank.

Land Titling as Women's Empowerment: Critical Observations from Recife, Brazil

Regina K. Pritchett
Semi-finalist paper contribution to the second annual academic paper competition co-sponsored by the Wilson Center's Comparative Urban Studies Project, USAID's Urban Programs Team, the International Housing Coalition, Cities Alliance, and the World Bank.

Bridging the Gap in Urban Health and Poverty Research

Mojgan Sami
Semi-finalist paper contribution to the second annual academic paper competition co-sponsored by the Wilson Center's Comparative Urban Studies Project, USAID's Urban Programs Team, the International Housing Coalition, Cities Alliance, and the World Bank.

Experts & Staff

  • Blair A. Ruble // Vice President for Programs; Director, Urban Sustainability Laboratory; and Senior Advisor, Kennan Institute
  • Allison Garland // Program Associate, Urban Sustainability Laboratory
  • Thea Cooke // Program Assistant
  • Gabor Demszky // Global Fellow