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By Edgar Pieterse

Towns are the long run. long ago 20 years, a world city revolution has taken position, ordinarily within the South. The 'mega-cities' of the constructing international are domestic to over 10 million humans every one or even smaller towns are experiencing unheard of inhabitants surges. the issues surrounding this inflow of individuals - slums, poverty, unemployment and shortage of governance - were good documented. urban futures is a strong indictment of the present consensus on find out how to take care of those demanding situations. Pieterse argues that the present 'shelter for all' and 'urban sturdy governance' rules deal with merely the indications, no longer the motives of the matter. as an alternative, he claims, there's an pressing have to reinvigorate civil society in those towns, to inspire radical democracy, financial resilience, social resistance and environmental sustainability folded into the typical matters of marginalised humans.

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What is particularly refreshing about the position paper (hereafter referred to as ‘the Advocacy Tool’) is that it allows for complexity and multiple tenure conditions as they have historically emerged in different parts of the world. It studiously seeks to avoid a simple ‘onesize-fits-all’ approach but at the same time is very clear and strong on what it regards as the fundamental elements of a rights-based approach to shelter. The Advocacy Tool is also clear about the scale and significance of market failure with respect to the rights of the urban poor in terms of tenure security and access to shelter.

Graham and Marvin suggest that the Western ideal of universal service coverage has come under severe attack during the past three decades – again, at the same moment that the second wave of urbanization picked up pace. Graham explains: Standardized public and private infrastructure monopolies are receding as hegemonic forms of infrastructure management. We are starting to witness the uneven overlaying and retrofitting of new, high performance urban infrastructures onto the apparently immanent, universal and (usually) public monopoly network laid down between the 1930s and 1960s.

Disadvantages: open to abuse by disreputable owners; deterioration if maintenance costs not met. Shared equity Combination of delayed freehold and rental, in which residents purchase a stake in their property (often 50 per cent) and pay rent on the remainder to the other stakeholder. Advantages: combines the security and potential increase in asset value of delayed freehold and the flexibility of rental; residents can increase their stake over time, ultimately leading to full ownership. Disadvantages: needs legal framework and efficient management.

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