Offer: The Shelter, Land, and Urban Management (SLUM) Assistance Act, 2009
The Comparative Urban Studies Project of the Woodrow Wilson
International Center for Scholars invites you to:
The Shelter, Land, and Urban Management (SLUM) Assistance Act, 2009
US Foreign Aid to Address the Challenges
of Global Urbanization
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
9:00 am - 10:30 am
5th Floor Conference Room
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW ( Ronald Reagan Building )
Representative Brad Miller
North Carolina, 13th District
Representative David Price
North Carolina, 4th District
Chairman of the Board, International Housing Coalition
Christopher W. Williams
Representative, UN-HABITAT , Washington DC Office
By 2020, two billion people will reside in slums. Many slums around the world have become incubators for the most significant challenges our development efforts confront: extremism, pandemic diseases, environmental degradation, and intractable poverty. Success in confronting these challenges demands that we focus our efforts to address the unique combination of challenges that slums represent.
"The United States was once the international leader in promoting policies and investments that improved the lives of millions of slum dwellers. If we are to promote our national security interests and drastically reduce global poverty, we must renew abandoned efforts to help with shelter and affordable housing," said Representative Brad Miller.
The SLUM Assistance Act would make addressing the challenges of slums a higher priority in U.S. foreign aid programs. The Act authorizes increased assistance for programs to expand access to tenure security, basic shelter, and urban services and infrastructure and seeks to enhance government capacity to improve land management and promote the growth of functional housing markets. The legislation would also streamline and enhance current U.S. programs tasked with shelter related mandates by calling for an increase in their manpower and diversity of expertise.
The Wilson Center is pleased to host Representatives Brad Miller and David Price, co-sponsors of the SLUM Assistance Act, to speak about this important legislation that addresses the challenges of rapid urbanization and slum conditions in the developing world.
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Location: Woodrow Wilson Center at the Ronald Reagan Building , 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW ("Federal Triangle" stop on Blue/Orange Line), 5th Floor Conference Room. A map to the Center is available at www.wilsoncenter.org/directions. Note: Due to heightened security, entrance to the building will be restricted and photo identification is required. Please allow additional time to pass through security.