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Rapid global urbanisation will test governments

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Subject

City fragility.

Significance

Urbanisation can bring employment, educational and social opportunities to many people, but rapid urbanisation, especially in lower and middle-income countries, is creating areas where public service provision and economic opportunity are low and susceptibility to security threats is high.

Impacts

  • Lower and middle-income countries are set to see the bulk of the world’s urbanisation over the coming decades.
  • City development will become synonymous with national development.
  • Connecting urban communities with the global economy will be crucial for prosperity.
  • However, this will require adequate protection from international criminal networks.
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