Affordable Land and Housing in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Adequate Housing Series- Volume 1 – UN Habitat – 2011
Countries in the Latin America and Caribbean region were the first in the developing world to go through rapid urbanisation. Today, the region is the second most urbanised region in the world. 
This urbanisation process has been accompanied by sharp social contrasts and economic disparities, a buoyant informal housing and land development process and increased local democracy and municipal autonomy, coupled with active social urban movements. This makes the Latin America and Caribbean region a unique landscape in the study of land and housing for the poor. 
This study brings forward the complexity and richness of the housing responses undertaken by national and local governments, as well as NGOs in the region, with the aspiration to inspire other regions where similar trends are arising. Shedding light on critical indicators and the overall housing needs of the region. This publication provides an authoritative study for housing experts, policy makers, whilst enhancing our knowledge about the ways in which countries of Latin America and the Caribbean address land and housing needs.

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HS Number: HS/109/11E
ISBN Number (Series): 978-92-1-131938-5
ISBN Number (Volume): 978-92-1-132235-4
Design and Layout: Gideon Mureithi/UNON
Printing: UNON, Publishing Services Section, Nairobi,
ISO 14001:2004-certified.

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