Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Informal work in sub-Saharan Africa Dead end or steppingstone?

Despite rapid economic growth in recent decades, informality remains a persistent phenomenon in the labour markets of many low- and middle-income countries. A key issue in this regard concerns the … Continue reading

Thursday, 13 February 2020 · Leave a comment

Understanding the relationship between Poverty and Inequality

In this report we summarise the findings from a series of papers that explore the relationships between poverty measured in various ways and inequalities in people’s incomes. This programme of … Continue reading

Thursday, 13 February 2020 · Leave a comment

The Hidden Wealth of Cities : Creating, Financing, and Managing Public Spaces

In every city, the urban spaces that form the public realm—ranging from city streets, neighborhood squares, and parks to public facilities such as libraries and markets—account for about one-third of … Continue reading

Tuesday, 11 February 2020 · Leave a comment

Informal rental housing in the South: dynamic but neglected

Informal rental housing is growing rapidly in cities of the global South. Changing needs and circumstances of diverse urban populations produce new forms of rental accommodation and landlord–tenant relations. Focusing … Continue reading

Saturday, 8 February 2020 · Leave a comment

Debt and human rights

The purpose of the present report is to assist in understanding–and also to unravel, denounce and offer recommendations to tackle–human rights violations in the context of private debt, focusing specifically … Continue reading

Thursday, 6 February 2020 · Leave a comment

Welfare and distributive effects of social assistance in the Global South

This special issue presents an analysis of the recent evolution of social assistance in the developing world, looking at its complex typological configuration. It partly reflects the complex demographic and … Continue reading

Wednesday, 5 February 2020 · Leave a comment

Informality, culture and governance in the global South

This paper provides an epistemological critique of informality by focusing on cultural governance in two cities of the global South, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Dakar, Senegal. Aiming to enrich … Continue reading

Thursday, 23 January 2020 · Leave a comment

Beyond income, beyond averages, beyond today: Inequalities in human development in the 21st century

The demonstrations sweeping across the world today signal that, despite unprecedented progress against poverty, hunger and disease, many societies are not working as they should. The connecting thread, is inequality. … Continue reading

Thursday, 23 January 2020 · Leave a comment

Smart city making? The spread of ICT-driven plans and infrastructures in Nairobi

Since the late 2000s, the city of Nairobi in Kenya has become a focal point of large-scale and ambitious technology-driven city making processes and ambitions. In this study, we draw … Continue reading

Wednesday, 22 January 2020 · Leave a comment