Citizens as Agents of Change in Urban Development
This book takes Amartya Sen's concept of development as freedom and applies it, for the first time, to the challenges of urban development across the globe. Cities are the crucial battleground for the future: they can either become settlements of intense poverty and community conflict or the centres of social, economic and political development. The authors argue that good governance should be not an end, but the means of delivering greater freedom to the inhabitants of a city. Past measures of successful urban development have related to efficiency or the provision of services -- indicators that measure the activities of agencies. A new "Freedom Approach" will engage with local priorities and promote local initiatives, allowing city dwellers themselves to determine how a well-functioning city is to be defined.
|FOREWORD, by Ms. Anna K. Tibaijuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN-Habitat. PREFACE. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. PART ONE – DEVELOPMENT AND URBANIZATION: INTRODUCTION, Nesreen Berwari and Michael Mutter. 1: CITIES, CONFLICT AND VISIONS; 2: NEW PATTERNS OF URBANIZATION; 3: AMARTYA SEN – EXPANDING THE CONCEPT OF DEVELOPMENT. PART TWO – OBSTRUCTIONS TO URBAN DEVELOPMENT: 4: FIVE FREEDOMS; 5: THE NEED FOR NEW EVALUATIONS; 6: POLICY APPROACHES TO UNDERDEVELOPMENT. PART THREE – FORMULATING POLICY FRAMEWORKS|
|7: THE CHALLENGE; 8: UNIVERSAL AND VARYING VALUES; 9: THE ROLE OF CULTURE; 10: RETHINKING PROJECT DESIGN; 11: AMARTYA SEN AND THE ASIAN ALLIANCE; 12: NATIONAL URBAN RECOVERY PROGRAMME: AFGHANISTAN; 13: LOOKING AHEAD. NOTES ON THE AUTHORS. PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS AND INSTITUTIONS. ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS. REFERENCES. INDEX|
Jane Samuels Jane Samuels is an architectural and design consultant working in the UK. For 20 years she has lectured and facilitated innovative participation processes supporting cultural and environmental issues.
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