We supporting programs to upgrade informal neighborhoods, with urban plans that promote density, landholding regularization programs, investments in infrastructure and social services, and situational prevention of violence.
We support access to housing services of the two poorest quintiles, with a supply that includes new, improved, rental, and progressive housing.
We support rehabilitating and recovering underused public spaces and urban areas of historical heritage, while maintaining sociocultural diversity, and adopting participatory, sustainable management structures.
We support integrated urban planning with citizens' participation, including the creation of master plans for environmental risk management.
We strengthen municipal finances through medium-term fiscal planning, the capture of increases in property values, and the strengthening the capacities of local governments to prepare and evaluate local economic development projects.
the Bank’s key challenge for the urban development and housing sector is to extend the full benefits of urbanization to all urban residents, both today and tomorrow. Achieving this requires support for interventions and institutional changes that systematically address the four major problems affecting the region’s cities: (i) deficits in urban infrastructure and services; (ii) deficits in housing; (iii) degradation of habitat; and (iv) deficits in urban governance.
CURRENT FOCUS AREAS
A) Increase city residents access to quality urban infrastructure and services: (i) improving informal neighborhoods and (ii) expanding the coverage,and quality of urban infrastructure and services in poor formal neighborhoods.
B) Improve urban population housing conditions: (i) access to public and private financing for housing services for the poorest populations; and (ii) the housing services offering.
C) Prevent degradation and improve urban habitat: (i) revitalizing degraded areas, and preserving the historical heritage of the cities; and (ii) protecting most vulnerable residents from adverse environmental impacts.
D) Improve local institutions' governance capacity: (i) strengthening governments and local institutions that have urban planning and citizen service responsibilities; and (ii) improving the quality and efficiency of entities providing urban public services.
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