IGS with support from UN-HABITAT established a regional resource center to empower today's urban professional by sharing knowledge on sustainable urban development, facilitating professional networking and offering a sustainable service that is constantly available. Through the center, the Institute aims to bridge the knowledge gap between academia, local and central governments in view of sustainable development.

The Resource Centre houses documents from UN-HABITAT and the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Netherlands and other partners. The publications cover all aspects of urban management and sustainable development in developing countries and countries in transition. Themes include; Environmental Planning and Management, Local Economic Development, Municipal Financing, Governance, Housing, Land Issues, Water and Sanitation, Health, urban planning and designs, urban revenue and financial management, gender mainstreaming , urban economy, climate change Infrastructure Development among others.

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Land and housing

1: Land, Environment and Climate Change, Challenges, responses and Tools, UNHABITAT, 2010 (ISBN: 978-92-1-132251-4, HS Number: 136/10E)
This publication provides an overview of some the most important land-related environmental and climate change problems that the world is facing. Land, Environment and Climate Change offers an overview of the relationship between land tenure, land management approaches and the environment. This document identifies clear linkages between land, environment and climate change, moving from a scientific framework to a country level implementation framework. The implications this has in urban and rural areas are presented, and illustrated with 20 brief cases. This global overview of key environmental and climate change issues related to land use, land administration, land management and land tenure offers timely material and land tools for land professionals, environmental practitioners, and planners. The publication identifies opportunities, gaps and priority research areas and critical land tools for action at local, sub-national, national, regional and global levels. Readers will find in this publication action-oriented suggestions for new research, land tool development, advocacy, resource mobilization and coordination.

2: Land Markets, Economic concepts and tools for engaging in Africa, Publisher: UN-HABITAT, Co-Publisher: GLTN, Urban Land Market, 2010 (ISBN: 978-92-1-132258-3, HS Number: 143/10E)
This Handbook introduces key economic and related concepts explaining the functioning of urban land markets. You will find in this Handbook tools for engaging in a critical analysis of conventional economics, particularly in the understanding of how African urban land markets work. Of great importance is the understanding of how land use, supply and demand unfold in African context. It provides a basis for strengthening urban policy in ways that enable poorer people in African cities to access well-located living and work spaces. This Handbook equips you with a better understanding of how interventions affect the market, and also how markets affect, enable, constrain and shape interventions by governments, developers, traditional authorities, banks, micro-lenders or any of its actors. It provides a sense of the dynamics of the urban land market – how particular decisions in one sector affect other sectors. This understanding provides practitioners in the field with a framework and tools to make informed decisions when formulating policies or making recommendations.

3: Count me in, Surveying for tenure security and urban land management, UNHABITAT 2010 (ISBN: 978-92-1-132228-6, HS Number: 118/10E)
This book is about involving and engaging urban poor communities in one of the first steps of any participatory planning or upgrading initiative. It describes how we can use “participatory enumerations” a surveying method used to gain better knowledge of the needs and priorities of the community. It presents and analyses existing and novel applications of participatory enumerations to enhance tenure security and improve urban land management

4: Land and Natural Disasters, Guidance for Practitioners, UNHABITAT 2010 (ISBN: 978-92-1-132236-1, HS Number: 1254/09E)
The Guidelines provide a holistic approach to addressing land issues from the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster through early recovery and reconstruction phases. It is targeted at humanitarians and land professionals, as well as government officials. The Guidelines take an inter-disciplinary approach to land, one that also brings together humanitarian emergency relief and early recovery perspectives. Throughout the text, readers will find many short cases illustrating practical aspects of bringing land issues into the post-disaster recovery process. Tools and other useful references are also included. The information provided in these Guidelines will be of interest and use to anyone directly working to support rapid yet sustainable recovery of human settlements following a natural disaster. The Guidelines were produced through a partnership between UN-HABITAT, the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), FAO and the Early Recovery Cluster.

5: Sao Paulo; A tale of two cities, Cities and Citizens series; bridging the urban divide (Series title), UNHABITAT 2010 (ISBN: 978-92-1-132214-9, HS Number: HS/103/10E)
UN-HABITAT’s new Cities and Citizens series examines urban inequality in the developing world through in-depth analysis of intra-city data developed by UN-HABITAT and its partner institutions and on-the-ground interviews, insights and images. São Paulo: A Tale of Two Cities launches the series, providing a close look at this vast megacity of internal contradictions and complexities. São Paulo has emerged as the economic powerhouse of Brazil, making huge advances in its socioeconomic and political sectors while remaining beset by inequalities and gaps in distributive justice.

6: Urban Indigenous Peoples and Migration, A Review of Policies, Programmes and Practices, UNHABITAT 2010 (ISBN: 978-92-1-132232-3, HS Number: 120/10)
The material originates from an international Expert Group Meeting on Urban Indigenous Peoples and Migration held in Santiago, Chile, March 27-29, 2007. It seeks to provide a comprehensive analysis of migration by indigenous peoples into urban areas from a human rights and a gender perspective. In this work, particular attention is paid to the varying nature of rural-urban migration around the world, and its impact on quality of life and rights of urban indigenous peoples, particularly youth and women.

7: Not About Us Without Us, Working with grassroots organizations in the land field, UNHABITAT, 2009
This publication, from the Global Land Tool Network, presents a the grassroots mechanism it plans to promote for the effective inclusion of local community groups (grassroots). The involvement of the grassroots is crucial at all stages of land-related processes. However, many pro-poor land policies are developed and implemented with weak grassroots participation, leading to project failure or outcomes that do not assist women or people living in poverty. This report provides detailed criteria to assess grassroots participation in order to determine whether it is genuine, effective and rights-based.

8: Gendering Land Tools, Achieving Secure Tenure for Women and Men, UNHABITAT, 2009 (ISBN: 971-0)
This publication, from the Global Land Tool Network, presents a mechanism for effective inclusion of women and men in land tool development and outlines methodologies and strategies for systematically developing land tools that are responsive to both women and men’s needs. Equal property rights for women and men are fundamental to social and economic gender equality. However, women often face discrimination in formal, informal and customary systems of land tenure. Around the world, women encounter barriers of social customs or patriarchal tenure systems which prevent them from obtaining and holding the same rights as men to land This report provides a conceptual outline answering questions such as why gender responsive land tools are necessary. The second part provides an overview of the components required for large scale gender responsive tool development. The third part deals with strategies necessary for the implementation of this mechanism. Taken together, these aspects define how the GLTN Gender Mechanism operates. The report will assist programme planners and decision makers at different levels of the land sector with or without gender expertise—in identifying practical ways to make land tools more effective for both women and men.

9: World Urban Forum 4 Report, The World’s Premier Conference on Cities Nanjing, China 3-6 November 2008, UNHABITAT 2009
The Fourth Session of the World Urban Forum held in Nanjing, China from 3-6 November 2008 drew nearly 8,000 participants from 146 countries. The Forum, held every two years, is now established as the world’s premier conference on cities.

10. THE UN-HABITAT Slum Upgrading Facility (SUF) WORKING PAPER 11, Slum Upgrading Facility Local Finance Facilities exchange visit to the Community Organizations Development Institute in Thailand 21st October to 25th October, 2008 (Series title) UNHABITAT 2009
Housing in Thailand has generally not been considered the responsibility of local government. The National Housing Authority (NHA) was set up in 1973. Initially the work of the National Housing Authority focused on the construction of houses and flats. Then, from 1977 into the 1980’s there was a programme of sites and service development. This was significant because it led to an acceptance that slum dwellers could stay in their existing locations rather than being relocated. Slum upgrading also began in Thailand in 1977 and has continued to evolve to the present time.