From Johannesburg to Rio de Janeiro, the crowded shantytowns that spring up on the edge of big cities are often a source of political turmoil and crime. But today’s urban planners are beginning to rethink their assumptions about urban slums, which are home to more than one billion people worldwide. We explore the latest thinking on these complex communities.


  • Robert Neuwirth Author, "Shadow Cities: A Billion Squatters, A New Urban World" (Routledge)
  • Rose Seisie Molokoane Founder, South African Homeless People's Federation; founder and coordinator Slum Dwellers International
  • Michael Cohen Director, International Affairs Program, New School University; Senior Advisor to World Bank Vice-President for Environmentally Sustainable Development (1994-1998)
  • Maria Sonia Vicenta Fadrigo Regional Director, Homeless People's Federation Philippines (HPFP)

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