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The World Bank Group focuses on assisting national and local governments in formulating policies and programs on two aspects of the sector: linking real estate market development to overall economic development in client countries and focusing on how to make the housing market more efficient to provide adequate shelter for all city dwellers.


Urban Housing projects supported by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation

from 1972 to 2005.


1972-1986: $4.4 billion (2001 US$)*

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1987-2005: $10.3 (2001 US$)*

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The Growth in Bank Lending for Various Infrastructure Components by Decade*

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*Source: World Bank loan data

Of Interest

Workshop: Expanding Urban Land Supply: What Works? April 2010

Workshop: Housing Subsidies: Who Gets What and Why it Matters. March 2009

World Bank Research Observer Journal Article: Housing in Developing Countries: Conjectures and Refutations.


Urban Land Markets: Improving Land Management for Successful Urbanization

Thirty Years of World Bank Shelter Lending: What Have We Learned?. 

The Dynamics of Global Urban Expansion

Measuring the Risk on Housing Investment in the Informal Sector: Theory and Evidence from Pune, India,

Shelter Strategies for the Urban Poor: Idiosyncratic and Successful, but Hardly Mysterious