Research on community-centred local development with a focus on poverty reduction through improved low-income housing and building sustainable livelihoods.

Port Harcourt Waterfront Regeneration

The study outlines a long term, sustainable, urban plan-based solution to the current conflict of interest involving the Rivers State Government and residents of the Port Harcourt Waterfront low income communities whose neighbourhoods are under threat of demolition.

Port Harcourt Modern International Market

Urban design master plan for a high profile mixed-use development of 512,000 sq.m. of gross floorspace to be built at an estimated cost of N53bn. It is intended to have a major impact on the international image of Port Harcourt.

The elements included in the plan include and African market, a shopping mall, hotel and conference centre, trade fair complex, warehousing, offices, a residential development and local services.

Good Practice in Core Areas Development (1997 - 2001)

DFID-funded research exploring how low-income communities could live close to the source of their livelihoods in integrated urban redevelopment projects in the core areas of rapidly growing cities in the developing world. Conducted partnership with researchers in India, Indonesia, Egypt and Brazil, it produced a number of outputs and tools. These included a Guide to Good Practice - A participatory approach to core area development.

The videos below show a visit to the Motia Klan slum settlement in Delhi, and a later vist to Rohini, the new home of the Motia Kahn slum dwellers.


Development of a Housing Association model of Housing Management for Jakarta (2006)

As part of the UN-Habitat programme on the Slum Upgrading Facility (SUF), the project explores the use of a housing association model as an institutional framework for implementing the SUF project in Indonesia and its application in the development of the Karet Tengsin area of Jakarta, which is a priority site for the city’s housing agency. The team comprised Tony Lloyd-Jones, Budhi Mulyawan and Dr Judith Allen, Principal Lecturer in the Department of Urban Development and Regeneration

UN-Habitat Slum Upgrading Facility: Field Testing Design Instruments in Indonesia (2007)

The project identifies the most feasible, ‘bankable’ projects that would meet the central objective of the SUF programme to mobilize domestic capital for slum up-grading projects by packaging the financial, technical and political elements so that they can attract commercial finance. The study explores case studies in Yogyakarta and Jakarta in Indonesia.

Localising the Habitat Agenda and the MDGs for Urban Poverty Reduction: with UN-Habitat (2001 - 2005)

The Habitat Agenda provides a key tool for urban poverty reduction through local development. This DFID-funded research was conducted in partnership with researchers in Brazil, India, Kenya, Spain, Tanzania and Pakistan. Alongside 6 country case studies on national implementation of the Habitat Agenda, the research explored 12 case studies of local good practice in development for urban poverty reduction.

Making a Living in the Street (2003 - 2005)

Tony Lloyd-Jones provided inputs into a DFID-funded study led by Cardiff University with the University of Birmingham exploring guidelines for planning and management of street space to facilitate informal trading as part of a sustainable livelihoods approach.

Tracing the Experience and Movement of Poor Households over the Long Term (2002)

Study carried out in Kaduna, Nigeria by Dr Mike Theis as part of a wider DFID-funded study led by the Development Planning Unit, University College London. This examined in depth the long-term sustainability of Poverty Reduction Programmes as part of an effort to reach a common methodology that will become a standard for a wide series of longitudinal studies planned by the World Bank over the coming years.