The human race is becoming a predominantly urban species. For the first time in history more than half of the world’s population now live in towns and cities – and the numbers are rising daily, adding to the ranks of urban poor. Five years ago, at the UN Habitat meeting in Istanbul, member states committed to a radical plan for improving the living conditions of the underprivileged. Guided by Homeless International – an organisation working with community groups worldwide – Earth Report went to the most deprived districts of a dozen cities to see how the urban poor were benefiting from governments’ new resolve to work with them, and teamed up with slumdweller federations and city groups to record how – against formidable odds – they are making change happen.
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