IJIMT 2011 Vol.2(5): 397-400 ISSN: 2010-0248
DOI: 10.7763/IJIMT.2011.V2.165

Integrating Sustainability Principles in Policy Making in Developing and Transition Economies: Case Studies in Housing and Urban Waste Management Sectors

Tapan K. Sarker and Mehdi Azam

Abstract—The formulation and implementation of sustainability in policy-making is an enormous challenge for both public and private sectors in developing and emerging economies. Policy-makers in these economies face particular challenges because they have so many economic, social and environmental priorities at stake that it becomes difficult to decide which projects should be targeted and funded to achieve the greatest benefits. This paper investigates the factors influencing the integration of sustainability principles into policy-making in developing and emerging economies using case studies from local and state government sectors in Malaysia and Bangladesh. In particular, it considers the evolution of a public-private partnership approach between government (at different levels), businesses and NGOs for the improvement of urban sustainability with a particular focus on the housing and urban waste management sectors. The findings of this paper provides useful evidence of the implications of a public private partnership approach that can help government policy-makers, businesses and NGOs in formulating and implementing sustainable policies in urban environmental infrastructure and development in the developing and transition economies.

Index Terms—Social and environmental sustainability, housing, urban waste management, developing and transition economies

Tapan K. Sarker is from Asia Pacific Centre for Sustainable Enterprise,Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Australia (e-mail:tapan.sarker@griffith.edu.au).
Mehdi Azam is from Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany (email:mehdi.azam@uranus.uni-freiburg.de).

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Cite: Tapan K. Sarker and Mehdi Azam, "Integrating Sustainability Principles in Policy Making in Developing and Transition Economies: Case Studies in Housing and Urban Waste Management Sectors," International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology vol. 2, no. 5, pp. 397-400 , 2011.

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