Building common understandings of urban inequalities to generate relevant solutions in Lima, Peru

Luis Rodriguez, Daniel Ramírez Corzo Nicolini, Belen Desmaison

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In this article, we analyse the structural causes of inequality in Lima – beginning with a review of the historical context – to propose a multidimensional approach to urban inequality. We discuss spatial, public-institutional and political-social fragmentation and how these factors contribute to the reproduction of urban inequality. We supplement this discussion by describing two initiatives that contributed to the creation of a collective understanding of inequality and strategies to deal with it. First, we worked with marginalized social groups promoting collective care practices to address food insecurity resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with this, we developed a National Housing and Urban Planning Policy with the Peruvian Ministry of Housing, Construction and Sanitation that included a definition of urban inequality and the creation of an index for urban inequality. In each case, we discuss the difficulties faced, whether by citizens or the state, in trying to reach relevant solutions to address inequalities. © 2023 International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)30-48
Number of pages19
JournalEnvironment and Urbanization
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023

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