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The present compilation aims to provide easy access to a wide range of material produced by international organisations, agencies, institutions, development think-tanks, scholars and opinion makers as well as locally based NGOs. The documents and films are presented into 5 distinct themes each one subdivided into 4 to 6 sub-themes.


For more details on the different entry points to the above themes, the reader can explore the rationale behind the multidimensional analysis framework :

multidimensional analysis framework

Dynamics of Urban Change
a compilation of resources

Cities are becoming ever more significant in the drive to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) endorsed by the governments of the world at the United-Nations on 8 September 2000. The achievements of the MDGs depend on the adoption and adaptation in the urban context of a reinforcing system of innovative practices, including the building of institutional capacities to implement and maintain them.

"Dynamics of Urban Change: a collection of resources" contributes to the MDGs by providing urban practioners with a wide range of experience, reflections and innovations. This collection of resources emphasises the dynamic nature of urban change and the value and potentials of sharing knowledge that contribute to processes of economic growth, social development, cultural diversity, environmental sustainability and the reduction of poverty.

The CD-ROM is organised around different 'dimensions' of urban development and catalogues the accumulation of principles and examples of innovative practices, which 'cluster' around these dimensions. This form of organisation allows the user to explore the multiple linkages between different dimensions and clusters, and to accumulate the direct and indirect assembly of relevant ideas and experience


The Development Planning Unit (DPU) would like to thank the authors and institutions that have kindly authorised us to reproduce their work as well as David Satterthwaite (IIED) for his helpful advice and the extensive material provided by the journal Environment & Urbanisation.

The editors would also like to acknowledge the help and suggestions provided by colleagues at the DPU, in particular Julio Davila, Caren Levy, MIchael Mattingly, Sheilah Meikle, Michael Safier, Nadia Taher and Patrick Wakely. The project was initiated by Michael Mutter who provided constant enthusiasm and support.

DISCLAIMER: Whilst containing more than 700 documents this compilation does not pretend to be in any way exhaustive. The views expressed in the publications are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of DFID.


.Five short films produced by the Television Trust for the Environment (TVE), illustrate and complement the documents and material presented here.

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This compilation has been funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and produced by the Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London.

2003 Development Planning Unit | Sikandar Hasan | Anna Soave | Khanh Tran-Thanh || Tina Simon