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Developing a guiding framework based on sustainable development to alleviate poverty, hunger and disease

Hisham Abusaada (Department of Architecture, Housing and Building National Research Center, Cairo, Egypt)
Abeer Elshater (Department of Urban Design and Planning, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt)


ISSN: 2631-6862

Article publication date: 13 June 2023




Sustainable development (SD) is vital in alleviating poverty, hunger and disease (PHD). The purpose of this study is to present a guiding framework with pathways targeting the sustainability challenges concerning PHD based on urban planning and design literature.


A narrative review and content analysis of 27 articles published by 11 journals indexed in Scopus were conducted using bibliometrics analysis.


The study’s findings discuss contemporary normative planning and design ideas and their ability to alleviate PHD. Considering these findings, the authors recommend that urban planning and design implementation processes carefully pursue the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Vision 2030 by tracking qualitative metrics that consider social, cultural and spiritual well-being.


The contribution is to propose a conceptual framework for alleviating hunger, poverty and disease through Vision 2030. Practitioners and policymakers can use this framework to assess the impact of their actions. Hunger, poverty and disease research could be guided by this framework to identify and prioritize best practices in cities of the Global South.



Abusaada, H. and Elshater, A. (2023), "Developing a guiding framework based on sustainable development to alleviate poverty, hunger and disease", Archnet-IJAR, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.



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