Making Connections: Putting Social Policy at the Heart of Infrastructure DevelopmentDani, A., Kessler, T. and Sclar, E.D. | Washington, DC: World Bank Publications, 2011. , 20110101 [+]
Abstract: Access to water, sanitation and electricity is as critical to social development as education and health services. Many developing countries continue to suffer from lack of access, affordability and sustainability of utilities services, which remain essential social policy objectives of utility sector reforms. This book focuses on three inter-related mechanisms – policy and institutional design options, innovations in regulation and contracts, and the role of stakeholders in utility governance – to improve access, affordability and sustainability of water and electricity services. The main objective is to provide advice enabling policy makers to integrate social policy goals as explicit elements of utility reforms. This title is part of the 'New Frontiers of Social Policy' series. In most developing countries, the mixed record of state effectiveness, market imperfections, and persistent structural inequities has undermined the effectiveness of social policy. The 'New Frontiers of Social Policy' Series, edited by Anis A. Dani,examines issues and approaches to extend the boundaries of social policy beyond conventional social services toward more developmental policies and institutions for improving equalityof opportunity and social justice in developing country contexts.
The Urban Tranformation: Health, Shelter and Climate ChangeSclar, E.D., Volavka-Close, N., Brown, P. | London and New York: Routledge, 2012. [+]
Abstract: For the first time in history, half of the world's population lives in urban areas and it is expected that, by 2050, that figure will rise to above two-thirds. A large proportion of this urban growth will be taking place in the cities of the developing world, where the provision of adequate health, shelter, water and sanitation and climate change adaptation efforts for rapidly-growing urban populations will be an urgent priority. This transition to an urban world could be a negative transformation; but, if well-planned, it could also offer an unprecedented opportunity to improve the lives of some of the world's poorest people.
This volume brings together some of the world's foremost experts in urban development with the aim of approaching these issues as an opportunity for real positive change. The chapters focus on three strategically critical aspects of this transformation: public health; shelter, water and sanitation; and climate change adaptation.
These are considered using an integrated approach that takes account of the many different sectors and stakeholders involved, and always in terms of the solutions rather than the problems. The book offers a blueprint for action in these sectors and will be of great interest to academics and policymakers in all aspects of urban development and planning.