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The Challenges of Implementing Millennium Development Goal target 7D in Pacific island towns and cities


  • Paul Jones

    () (Associate Professor and Program Director, Urban and Regional Planning Program, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney, Australia)


In the Pacific island region, the progress towards achieving the global Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target 7D, improving the lives of a hundred million slum dwellers, is fraught with many challenges. Out of all the MDG targets, minimal support has been provided to improving the quality of life of residents living in squatter and informal settlements in Pacific towns and cities. In this context, this paper seeks to understand and explain why MDG target 7D and the broader urban sector in the Pacific island region is marginalized. The paper examines the state of squatter and informal settlement growth in Pacific towns and cities, and explores the reasons as to why there is a lack of interest in addressing the plight of squatter and informal settlement dwellers at the Pacific country, regional and development partner levels. The paper calls for renewed action in elevating MDG 7D onto the Pacific island region and national development agendas.

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  • Paul Jones, 2012. "The Challenges of Implementing Millennium Development Goal target 7D in Pacific island towns and cities," Asia-Pacific Development Journal, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), vol. 19(1), pages 139-162, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:unt:jnapdj:v:19:y:2012:i:1:p:139-162

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    1. Stephen Howes, 2011. "An overview of aid effectiveness, determinants and strategies," Development Policy Centre Discussion Papers 1101, Development Policy Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University.
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    MDG 7D; Pacific Island Countries; slums; squatters; unplanned settlements; urban poor;

    JEL classification:

    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy
    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • R31 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Housing Supply and Markets


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