Garcia Lozano, Marisa

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Last updated January 31, 2023
Marisa Garcia Lozano is an Analyst (Consultant) in the Latin America and Caribbean Urban and Disaster Risk Management unit at the World Bank. She provides analytical and operational support to projects on slum upgrading, urban renewal and local economic development in Central America and Argentina. Before joining the Bank, Marisa was an Environmental Peacebuilding Intern at the Environmental Law Institute, where she conducted research on displaced populations by hurricane Katrina and superstorm Sandy and benefit-sharing natural resources trust funds. Between 2011 and 2013, she worked on a Caribbean cultural heritage project at the Organization of American States. She has also performed consulting work for Nathan Associates Inc. and RTI International. Marisa holds a Master’s degree in International Development Studies from The George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Tecnológico de Monterrey.

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    Central America Urbanization Review: Making Cities Work for Central America
    (Washington, DC: World Bank, 2017-03-15) Maria, Augustin ; Acero, Jose Luis ; Aguilera, Ana I. ; Garcia Lozano, Marisa ; Maria, Augustin ; Acero, Jose Luis ; Aguilera, Ana I. ; Garcia Lozano, Marisa ; Andersson, Mats ; Parby, Jonas Ingemann ; Mason, David Ryan ; Sanahuja, Haris ; Ishizawa, Oscar A. ; Solé, Albert
    Central America is undergoing an important transition. Urban populations are increasing at accelerated speeds, bringing pressing challenges for development, as well as opportunities to boost sustained, inclusive and resilient growth. Today, 59 percent of the region’s population lives in urban areas, but it is expected that 7 out of 10 people will live in cities within the next generation. At current rates of urbanization, Central America’s urban population will double in size by 2050, welcoming over 25 million new urban dwellers calling for better infrastructure, higher coverage and quality of urban services and greater employment opportunities. With more people concentrated in urban areas, Central American governments at the national and local levels face both opportunities and challenges to ensure the prosperity of their country’s present and future generations. The Central America Urbanization Review: Making Cities Work for Central America provides a better understanding of the trends and implications of urbanization in the six Central American countries -Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama- and the actions that central and local governments can take to reap the intended benefits of this transformation. The report makes recommendations on how urban policies can contribute to addressing the main development challenges the region currently faces such as lack of social inclusion, high vulnerability to natural disasters, and lack of economic opportunities and competitiveness. Specifically, the report focuses on four priority areas for Central American cities: institutions for city management, access to adequate and well-located housing, resilience to natural disasters, and competitiveness through local economic development. This book is written for national and local policymakers, private sector actors, civil society, researchers and development partners in Central America and all around the world interested in learning more about the opportunities that urbanization brings in the 21st century.
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    Haitian Cities: Actions for Today with an Eye on Tomorrow
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2017) Lozano-Gracia, Nancy ; Garcia Lozano, Marisa ; Lozano-Gracia, Nancy ; Garcia Lozano, Marisa
    Today, more than half of Haiti's population calls cities and towns their home, in a major shift from the 1950s when around 90 percent of Haitians lived in the countryside. Urbanization is usually paired with economic growth, increased productivity, and higher living standards, but in Haiti it has taken a different course. Potential benefits have been overshadowed by immense challenges, all of which require immediate action. To better understand the factors that constrain the sustainable and inclusive development of Haitian cities, this Urbanization Review organizes the challenges along three dimensions of urban development namely planning, connecting, and financing. Planning reviews the challenges in supporting resilient growth to create economically vibrant, environmentally sustainable, and livable cities. Connecting focuses on the obstacles of physically linking people to jobs and businesses to markets, while financing focuses on identifying the key capital, governance, and institutional constraints that are hurdles to successful planning and connecting.