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Spatial Dimensions of Poverty in Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States

This conference brought together scholars and professionals from Eastern Europe and the United States, linking colleagues in Moscow and Washington via a live video conference. The seminar addressed urban poverty in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, focusing on the difference in the quality of life between capital and secondary cities and reflecting on efforts aimed at ameliorating this disparity.

Perspectives on Urban Poverty in Latin America

On September 17 the Comparative Urban Studies Project brought together scholars and professionals from the North and South America to discuss social policy and urban poverty in Latin America.

Urban Think Tank Launch

In recent years, donors and urban development practitioners have identified the need to strengthen the capacity of local actors in the delivery of services, particularly for the urban poor. Significant effort has been employed in the field of municipal development and fiscal transparency to improve local governance. As we go further into the urban millennium, we need to identify the other budding issues, which have not yet been addressed. The upcoming Urban Think Tank Launch will attempt to address the new agenda urban practitioners and donors need to prioritize.

Book Launch for <b><i> Cities Transformed: Demographic Change and Its Implications in the Developing World</i></b>

Over the next twenty years, most developing countries will become more urban than rural. The benefits from urbanization cannot be overlooked, but the speed and sheer scale of this transformation presents many challenges. In many developing countries, at least one in four urban residents is already thought to be living in absolute poverty. A new cast of policy makers is emerging to take on the responsibilities of urban governance, as many national governments decentralize and devolve their functions into the hands of untested municipal and regional governments.

City Development Strategies: Opportunities for Poverty Reduction

According to the Cities Alliance, City Development Strategies (CDS) are intended to be "action plans for equitable growth in cities," which focus on urban governance, local economic growth, and poverty reduction. This seminar sponsored by the Comparative Urban Studies Project convened representatives from Brazil, Morocco, Rwanda, and Cambodia in order to discuss different approaches to poverty alleviation and equitable urban development.

Youth, Poverty, and Conflict in Southeast Asian Cities<br> BANGKOK, THAILAND

With the majority of the world's population now living in cities, the 21st century is undoubtedly an urban century. Mega-cities add millions of new residents each year and many small- and medium-sized cities are growing at unprecedented rates. Such rapid urbanization poses serious challenges to local governments and urban managers in the developing world, as they confront crowded slums, congested streets, poor environmental conditions, and stark social inequalities.

Youth Explosion in Developing World Cities: Approaches to Reducing Poverty and Conflict in an Urban Age

By 2030, it is estimated that over 60 percent of the world's population will live in cities, and that 60 percent of urban dwellers will be under the age of eighteen. Almost all of the growth will occur in developing countries, where already, close to 30 percent of the urban population lives below official poverty lines. Some have argued that urbanization, poverty, and the presence of large youth cohorts can destabilize nations, but causal links between these phenomena remain tenuous.

Capital City Politics in Comparative Perspective

The recent volume Capital City Politics in Latin America: Democratization and Empowerment describes how politics in various capital cities in Latin America have changed over the last thirty years. As democratization and decentralization have taken root, municipal institutions have gained influence, new tensions have arisen between traditional elites, municipal leaders, and urban interest groups, and the built environment is less and less a monument to the national government.

Reducing Poverty and Strengthening Growth: The Urban Perspective

Summary of a meeting with Senator Lincoln Chafee, U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations; Ellen Brennan-Galvin, Woodrow Wilson Center; Minja Choe, East-West Center; William Cobbett, Cities Alliance; Jac Smit, The Urban Agriculture Network; Enrique Penalosa; former Mayor of Bogota; Nigel Harris, University College London; Sandra Thurman, International AIDS Trust; Patricia Langan, International Youth Foundation; Paul Lambert, Lambert Advisory; Camille Barnett, Public Strategies Group, Shari Garmise, International Economic Development Center; Christine Kessides, World Bank