'Localizing the Habitat Agenda for Urban Poverty Reduction' is a major 3-year research program funded by the UK Government's Department for International Development, under the Urbanization Knowledge and Research theme. It is lead by a team at the Max Lock Centre at the University of Westminster in London, in partnership with the Water, Engineering and Development Centre, University of Loughborough and other partners in London, Nairobi, Delhi and Recife.

The document addresses urban poverty in the context of the Habitat Agenda with a focus on sharing the experience of practice and policies. The research aims to facilitate the implementation of the Habitat Agenda, through a published toolkit of guidelines/ indicators to aid pro-poor development practice at the local level.

This research project builds on the efforts that went into the recent five-year appraisal by asking, ‘can the Habitat Agenda, as the internationally agreed policy framework for human settlements, usefully serve the purpose of urban poverty reduction?’.

In doing so it aims to facilitate the improved implementation of the Habitat Agenda. The outputs of this paper include policy recommendations and a toolkit of guidelines, indicators and good practice case studies and methodologies directed at governments, local governments and other Habitat Agenda partners. The research also aims to inform various UN Human Settlements Program activities. In particular, the work of the new Urban Forum that incorporates the International Forum on Urban Poverty; the Global Campaign for Urban Governance; the Best Practice and Local Leadership Program; and the Global Urban Observatory and Urban Indicators Program. These initiatives have an important role in supporting local efforts to implement the Habitat Agenda.

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