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Civil Society in Action

Wakely, P; Riley, E; (2003) Civil Society in Action. In: The Challenge of Slums: United Nations Global Report on Human Settlements 2003. (148 - 163). Earthscan: London.

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Abstract

The chapter draws on a wide base of analytical and empirical research to examine the needs and assets of slum households, communities, and civil society organisations in managing and developing their livelihoods and environments and their interaction with government and other formal sector institutions. Under the heading of Residents in Action, it examines the survival strategies adopted by slum households, reciprocity and and remittances and the particular characteristics and needs of vulnerable households. It examines Communities in Action, starting with a review of the recent growth and range of different types of urban community-based organisations and approaches to working with them. It then moves to urban Non-Governmental Organisations in Action, defining what they are and what they are not, their growth and diversity giving attention to their increasing power and decreasing autonomy in the urban arena. The last section of the chapter outlines the principal challenges faced by NGOs and CBOs in the management and development of slum communities and environments and the avenues open to governments for greater interaction and partnership.

Type:Book chapter
Title:Civil Society in Action
ISBN:1844070379
Keywords:slum, community, household, civil society, NGO, CBO
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Development Planning Unit

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