The Development of Poor Urban Communities Sector Project was conceived in 2001. At that time, the Philippines continued to urbanize rapidly. Over half of its population resided in urban areas, and this proportion was expected to reach 60% by 2010 if the trends continue. Housing and land markets had not kept pace with rapid urban growth. Consequently, shelter was not affordable for the poor - more than 40% of urban families lived in makeshift dwellings in informal settlements.
This report validates the completion report's assessment of the project which aims to put in place systems that provide affordable housing and serviced land for the poor in the Philippines. IED overall assessment: Successful