This multimedia sourcebook synthesises an extensive body of knowledge and experience in managing urban slums accumulated over the past 30 years. The key lessons learned and their implications for future work serve as a useful tool for capacity building and knowledge sharing for policy makers, practitioners, planning institutions, community groups, NGOs, and university students.

Approaches to Urban Slums includes two CD-ROMs with 14 audiovisual presentations (photographs, illustrations, maps, graphic animations, and aerial imagery, along with voiceover narration) and 18 video interviews of government representatives, NGOs, members of communities, representatives of the private sector, and the UN Millennium Task Force on Improving the Lives of Slum Dwellers.

The sourcebook was prepared in 2008 by the World Bank Institute, with support from the Cities Alliance and UN-HABITAT. 


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