Development and Urban Informality: Planning for Technological Change

This course will cover four inter-related questions:
(i) What are the theories which explain the emergence and expansion of the urban informal economy?
(ii) What kinds of planning efforts have worked in influencing the quality of life of the urban poor who rely for their livelihoods on urban informal economy?
(iii) Among such planning efforts which ones relied on technological interventions to affect either supply of or demand for products for the informal economy?
(iv) How should all such planning efforts be evaluated drawing on research experiences of the Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) which is a multi-departmental research initiative funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) at MIT?