International Development | Wilson Center

International Development

Harnessing the Waters: Nature Conquest in China's Past and Present

Perhaps no other issue in China today receives more news media attention than construction of the Three Gorges Dam. On billboards and in state-run media, the Chinese government trumpets the dam as a sign of the country's ability to achieve advanced engineering feats on par with the West; while concerned scientists, scholars, and activists around the world condemn the project as an ecological and social catastrophe. On 1 June 2003, the dam's reservoir officially began to take water.

Why is Urban Assistance Important? Inserting Urban Issues Into the Development Agenda

This will be the concluding seminar of the CUSP series on Global Urban Poverty. Attendance is limited.
 

Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor: The Orangi Pilot Project in Karachi, Pakistan and Density & Urban Form in Dakar, Senegal

According to the United Nations, over one billion people lack access to clean water and over two billion have no access to sanitation, the primary cause of diseases like cholera that take the lives of more than 6,000 children in poor countries every day. This seminar will examine the Orangi Pilot Project (OPP) in Karachi, Pakistan. The OPP was established in 1980 with the purpose of overcoming the constraints faced by the government in regularizing and improving katchi abadis (squatter settlements on government land). Dr.

Sustainable Transportation Services for the Urban Poor

On February 20, 2007, the Comparative Urban Studies Project (CUSP) organized a seminar to discuss sustainable transportation services for the urban poor. Ellen Brennan Galvin, lecturer & senior research scholar at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University and CUSP advisory board member, pointed out that the links between poverty and transportation have long been ignored.

Water and Sanitation Services for the Urban Poor

Gordon McGranahan, head of the Human Settlements Group, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), discussed the importance of local and community engagement in the provision of water and sanitation services for the urban poor. Although the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) bring important attention to the problems of unserved urban populations, the international framework for monitoring has produced statistics that are meaningless and often misleading. What is needed, McGranahan argued, are statistics that drive local action and monitor local progress.

Global Urban Poverty Research Agenda: The African Case

Akin L. Mabogunje, Chairman of the Presidential Technical Board of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, presented a paper entitled "Global Urban Poverty Research Agenda: The African Case" at a February 1 seminar organized by the Comparative Urban Studies Project (CUSP). A preliminary copy of the paper is available at the CUSP website.

Urbanization and Health in Developing World Cities

After fading from the agenda over the past fifteen to twenty years, urban health is recapturing the attention of policy makers and international health advocates worldwide. With rapid rates of urbanization, cities are struggling to provide a host of services and infrastructure for old and new populations alike.

Health Crisis: HIV/AIDS in Developing World Cities

On February 23, the Comparative Urban Studies Project, along with the Environmental Change and Security Project, brought together seven practitioners from lenders and NGOs to discuss the status of community-based initiatives to fight HIV/AIDS in developing world cities.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Any Future?

Neven Andjelic, Visiting Fulbright Scholar with the Institute of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, University of California-Berkeley

Pages