Series - Urban Poverty Program files

Urban Poverty Program - General - 1976 - April / July Urban Poverty Program - General - 1977 - January / May Urban Poverty Program - General - 1976 - August / December Urban Poverty Program - General - 1977 - June / July Urban Poverty Program - General - 1980 Urban Poverty Program - General - 1978 Urban Poverty Program - General - 1981 Urban Poverty Program - General - 1979 Urban Poverty Program - General - 1976 - January / March Urban Poverty Program - General - 1975 - July / December Urban Poverty Program - General - 1977 - August / September Urban Poverty Program - General - 1977 - October / December

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Urban Poverty Program files


  • 1975 - 1981 (Creation)

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1.88 linear feet of textual records

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Series consists of records created and received by the Urban Operations Review and Support Unit (URBOR) and related to the Urban Poverty Program. Records relate to the various objectives and activities of the Program, including defining, identifying, and quantifying developing countries? urban poor; identifying urban poverty target groups; estimating poverty incomes levels; creating lending policy; developing guidelines on project implementation and review; setting targets; and measuring impacts. Series iscomprised of chronological files consisting of correspondence, memoranda, and reports dating from the beginning of the Task Group?s existence in July of 1975. Included is a memorandum entitled ?Bank Action Program to Attack Urban Poverty? submitted to President McNamara by Warren C. Baum, Vice President, Central Projects Staff, on July 11, 1975, as well as two early ?Action Program and Interim Reports? submitted by Edward V. K. Jaycox to Warren C. Baum; these are dated Oct. 23, 1975, and March 29, 1976. Other interim reports and project reviews submitted between 1976 and 1981 are also included, as is feedback on the reports from Department staff. Reports and memoranda submitted to the project Chairman from internal and external offices are contained. Memoranda from the Bank?s regional offices? Chief Economists reporting on their efforts to combat urban poverty and offering feedback on the Group?s reports and memoranda are included. A small amount of meeting minutes and notes are included, as are photocopies of newspaper and journal articles.

There are also records from the Office of the Director of the Public Utilities Projects Department (PBPDR) and the Office of the Director of the Energy, Water and Telecommunications Department (EWTDR), between 1975 and 1977, concerning the Urban Poverty Program?s Urban Poverty Task Group. Files contain correspondence by Yves Rovani (director, PBP, then EWT), Richard N. Middleton (Sanitary Engineer) and John M. Kalbermatten (Water and Wastes Advisor), as well as with divisions in the regional projects departments, including regional chief economists, dealing with water supply and sewerage issues. Correspondence generally deals with the implementation of the Urban Poverty Program, specifically the impact of water supply and sewerage projects or operations and sanitation lending on the urban poor, and EWT's input into the water supply and wastewater aspects of the Task Group's work.

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Accruals are not expected.

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The original order of the series has been maintained. Files containing speeches are arranged by country of presenter and files containing correspondence with invitees are arranged by region.

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Records are subject to the World Bank Policy on Access to Information.

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Records are subject to the Copyright Policy of the World Bank Group.

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  • English

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  • See Records of the Water Department Sector (WB IBRD/IDA WAT), for records related to the Urban Poverty Program.

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Internal World Bank Group Archives rules based on ISAD(G).

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Dates of creation revision deletion

16 September 2022




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