Urbanizing international assistance

By Tobi Nussbaum and Miranda Spessot for Policy Options
We need to update our approaches to international assistance to reflect that poverty is increasingly an urban problem. This will entail new partnerships with the world’s cities

With an estimated 3 million people moving into urban areas each week, mainly in the global South, the percentage of urban dwellers will only continue to grow.  The share of poverty in rural areas is still higher than that in urban areas, but the trend lines suggest poverty will steadily become a more urban problem.  While rapid urbanization is often associated with megacities, most of the growth is actually occurring in small- to medium-sized cities (with less than 600,000 inhabitants). These urban areas often attract less investment and have a smaller tax base to finance investments in necessary infrastructure and services for their growing populations, which usually are insecurely housed and have no formal employment. Read more >

Source: Policy Options, Sept. 26, 2016, Tobi Nussbaum and Miranda Spessot