I am carrying out some research on education and urban poverty in several countries as part of a fellowship at UNICEF's Office of Research at Innocenti. As has been pointed out in UN-HABITAT and UNICEF reports, the urban poor are an undercounted and underserved group when it comes to education. Although this has been recognised for some time, researchers and policymakers are still trying to get to grips with it. There is some research but it may not be easy to find.
In the hope of establishing a base of research and a place for discussion and news about these issues, I have set up a blog --
This group is an offshoot of the blog as an alternative place for discussion and perhaps to bring people from urban development backgrounds (as well as education backgrounds) into the debate.
I'd welcome feedback, contributions and collaboration, especially from people with direct experience of working in education programmes and policy for the urban poor, and on new research in this area.
I hope the blog will already be a useful resource for anyone working in this area, and more so once some of the new research findings are up there.