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Offer: The Shelter, Land, and Urban Management (SLUM) Assistance Act, 2009

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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 )

Featuring:

Representative Brad Miller

North Carolina, 13th District

Representative David Price

North Carolina, 4th District

Peter Kimm

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.

RSVP acceptances only, cusp@wilsoncenter.org or by calling (202) 691-4289

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.

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