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5/09173/2 subject : Urban poor--Case studies, Urban poor--Housing--Case studies, Informal sector (Economics)--Case studies. Page aa Environmentally Sustainable Development Publications ESD Proceedings Series 1 Culture and Development in Africa: Proceedings of an International Conference (Also in French) 2 Valuing the Environment: Proceedings of the First Annual International Conference on Environmentally Sustainable Development 3 Overcoming Global Hunger: Proceedings of a Conference on Actions to Reduce Hunger Worldwide 4 Traditional Knowledge and Sustainable Development: Proceedings of a Conference 5 The Human Face of the Urban Environment: A Report to the Development Community 6 The Human Face of the Urban Environment: Proceedings of the Second Annual World Bank Conference on Environmentally Sustainable Development 7 The Business of Sustainable Cities: Public-Private Partnerships for Creative Technical and Institutional Solutions 8 Enabling Sustainable Community Development 9 Sustainable Financing Mechanisms for Coral Reef Conservation: Proceedings of a Workshop 10 Financing Environmentally Sustainable Development: Proceedings of the Third Annual World Bank Conference on Environmentally Sustainable Development (Forthcoming) 11 Servicing Innovative Financing of Environmentally Sustainable Development ESD Studies and Monographs Series (formerly Occasional Paper Series) 1 The Contribution of People's Participation: Evidence from 121 Rural Water Supply Projects 2 Making Development Sustainable: From Concepts to Action 3 Sociology, Anthropology, and Development: An Annotated Bibliography of World Bank Publications 19751993 4 The World Bank's Strategy for Reducing Poverty and Hunger: A Report to the Development Community 5 Sustainability and the Wealth of Nations: First Steps in an Ongoing Journey (Forthcoming) 6 Social Organization and Development Anthropology: The 1995 Malinowski Award Lecture 7 Confronting Crisis: A Summary of Household Responses to Poverty and Vulnerability in Four Poor Urban Communitites (Also in French and Spanish) 8 Confronting Crisis: A Comparative Study of Household Responses to Poverty and Vulnerability in Four Poor Urban Communities Related ESD Publications Monitoring Environmental Progress: A Report on Work in Progress Nurturing Development: Aid and Cooperation in Today's Changing World Toward Sustainable Management of Water Resources Water Supply, Sanitation, and Environmental Sustainability: The Financing Challenge The World Bank Participation Sourcebook Page i Confronting Crisis A Comparative Study of Household Responses to Poverty and Vulnerability in Four Poor Urban Communities Caroline O.

In the short term households act as "shock absorbers," reducing vulnerability for individuals who join them. In the longer term restructuring can increase or decrease vulnerability for the household as a whole, depending on the financial and labor contributions made by the new members. Despite the differences among the four communities, household restructuring has followed similar trends in all of them. Consistent with the global trend, an increasing number of households are headed by women. Contrary to the common stereotype, households headed by women are not necessarily poorer than households headed by men.

Just as World Development Report 1990: Poverty used that device to humanize its statistical portraits of poverty, these concrete examples show different aspects of the life of the poor, bringing to life the multifaceted reality of their struggle for existence. The study analyzed four urban communities in four very different regions: Chawama, in Lusaka, Zambia; Cisne Dos, in Guayaquil, Ecuador; Commonwealth, in Metro Manila, the Philippines; and Angyalföld, in Budapest, Hungary. Although these four case studies revealed interesting contrasts, they also showed important similarities, distilled in six key findings: 1.

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