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Income transfers and urban projects : research findings and policy issues from Cartagena, Colombia, Volume 1
Author:Kaufmann, D.; Bamberger, M.; Country:Colombia;
Date Stored:1985/01/01Document Date:1985/01/31
Document Type:Departmental Working PaperSubTopics:Information Technology; Information and Records Management; Transport Security; General Technology; Educational Technology and Distance Education
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:(Historic)Multisector
Region:Latin America & CaribbeanReport Number:UDD56
Sub Sectors:Economic ManagementCollection Title:Water Supply and Urban Development Department discussion paper ; no. UDD 56
Volume No:1  

Summary: This report describes the determinants of the magnitude, composition and uses of interhousehold transfers, and assesses the way in which transfers affect, and in turn are affected by, the squatter upgrading project being financed by the World Bank in Cartagena. An analysis is also presented of the determinants of a household's decision to invest in upgrading and how this is affected by their perceptions of the investment potential of the changes being produced in the area by the project infrastructure. The analysis shows that transfers of money and of free labor appear to be affected differently by the presence of the project. The research involved the application of a questionnaire covering demographic and economic characteristics of the households and their inter-household transfers of money and goods, to a representative sample of 507 households; and a series of in-depth anthropological case studies with some of these households. The objectives of the research were to demonstrate the importance of interhousehold transfers as survival and economic development strategies for the urban poor and to examine their operational implications for the design and implementation of future urban development programs.

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