The Emerging Role of Nongovernmental Organizations in Shelter and Urban Development

  • Richard MayJr.


One of the most important trends in international development assistance is the increasing role of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in shelter provision and the improvement of housing and urban environments. With growing public commitment and financial contributions the NGOs are forging new relationships with aid agencies, governments and the building industry on behalf of local populations seeking an enhanced participatory role in the planning and development process. Indeed, many NGOs, through the Habitat International Coalition (HIC), the NGO alliance for human settlements, are having a broader impact on shelter and urban development policy issues. This paper considers some of the problems and opportunities facing NGOs.


Urban Development Human Settlement Nongovernmental Organization Development Assistance International Development Assistance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard MayJr.
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  1. 1.International DivisionAmerican Planning AssociationUSA

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