In October 2015, Geoff was proud (and surprised!) to celebrate twenty years since establishing GPA. During that time, many great friends have collaborated with Geoff on consultancy, research and capacity building assignments throughout the world to help improve access to land and housing in urban areas.
To mark the occasion, Geoff and Rita hosted a party in London to which many attended. He also wrote a short paper reflecting on the last twenty years and identifying issues that he feels need to be addressed to improve opportunities for the urban poor during the next twenty years. He then invited everyone – some older hands, younger current and previous interns, interested friends – to contribute their own reflections and ideas.
He is delighted and honoured to have received such a breadth of thoughtful and imaginative responses and contributions. These are now in the final stages of compilation and will be available for downloading very soon. We hope you will enjoy reading these personal accounts and perspectives and hope they can inspire discussion, debate and perhaps even action!
With many thanks to Evelyn for her handcrafted contribution!