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Professor Yves Cabannes is Chair of the Development Planning Unit at University College London. He has coordinated numerous research and research and development programmes in Asia, Latin America with African and Arab partner institutions on urban and municipal governance-related issues. From 1997 to 2003, Yves was Regional Coordinator of the UN Habitat/UNDP Urban Management Program for Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining the UMP, worked for ten years in Northeast Brazil, for various NGOs, grassroots and Local Governments on low-income housing, income-generating activities and slum improvement in very poor communities. He is an advocate on development issues and convener for the UN Advisory Group on Forced Evictions. He is a senior advisor and member of various development initiatives, particularly in Central and South America. [+]