Brazil – Housing and Urban Development – Support to a Pro-Poor National Policy



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Secondary Cities
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Lesson Learned for Cities Alliance Members and Partners
The principal lesson learned, based on the Task Manager's Completion Report... The participatory process at all three (municipal, regional and state) levels of the city conferences, and the definition of mechanisms for participation in development of the National Cities Council, promoted a network of information exchange with civil society which enhanced the design of the national urban development policy.   


The Ministry of Cities is currently formulating a new national urban policy to provide a framework for slum upgrading, serviced land delivery and land tenure regularisation. This is being developed within the rubric of the `Right to the City’.
1) Support the formulation of a pro-poor national urban policy and its slum upgrading, serviced land delivery and land tenure regularization pillars;  2) Strengthen the participatory process of policy formulation and monitoring, involving subnational governments, especially cities, and civil society in the national policy process;  3) Forge new partnership between cities, states and the federal Government.
1) Provide substantive support to series of Municipal and Regional Conferences;  2)  Organise and consolidate content arising from consultative process;  3) Provide substantive support in the build up to the National Cities Conference, October 2003;  4) Provide support to working groups during the National Cities Conference;  5) Assist in the presentation of outcomes of the Conference.
Expected Impacts and Results
If successful, the formulation of a new national policy will have a very significant national and international impact. Brazil has already created the political and legal framework for a highly innovative, locally-driven and rights-based approach to inclusion and urban development. This policy-making process is meant to consolidate this framework, and identify the key instruments for its implementation. The main indicator for success will be the formal adoption of a pro-poor national urban policy document, with upgrading, regularization and land delivery for the poor as key pillars.