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Getting land for housing: what strategies work for low-income groups?

An editorial by David Satterthwaite, published in the October 2009 issue of the journal Environment & Urbanization, illustrates how the scale and scope of what low-income urban groups can do is much increased when they are organised through federations of savings groups and these federations are offering government partnerships in addressing their needs for housing and services. Satterthwaite argues that even local governments with limited funding and capacity can increase the supply and reduce the cost of land for housing through allocating publicly owned land, making available land for housing by extending infrastructure and services to new areas, and through pro-poor changes to building and land use regulations and the ways these are applied.