This paper, available at http://www.theinclusivecity.org, has been prepared as a discussion document for the ITDG Regulatory Guidelines for Urban Upgrading Research Project.
The paper draws extensively on findings emerging from a parallel research project co-ordinated by Homeless International - \"Bridging the Finance Gap in Housing and Infrastructure\" (R7394) and has been developed in close collaboration with SPARC.
The paper considers the existing sustainable livelihoods theoretical framework and poses a number of initial questions about the asset base of the poor:
For what purposes should it be used?
· Who decides when and how it should be used?
· Through what institutional relationships will understanding be developed and knowledge created? Who will own the knowledge created and have the discretion to determine how to use it?
· Through what institutional relationships can the asset base of the poor be most effectively valued, applied and leveraged?