Two billion people are set to flood into the already crowded cities of the
developing world over the next twenty-five years, mainly to live in the squalid
surroundings of a slum or a shanty town and to endure the consequent effects of
social injustice and division. James Wolfensohn, President of the World Bank,
addresses the problem of urban poverty and describes initiatives for change that
build upon a new recognition throughout the developing world that the urban
poor have rights, and an essential part to play in building the cities of tomorrow.