Urbanisation: Global process or planetary squalor?

david_satterthwaiteVirtually all developing countries are urbanizing. For the first time, the world’s urban dwellers outnumber its rural population, and continuing rapid city growth has provoked the forecast that we may soon become a ‘planet of slums.’ Yet although the management of urbanisation by developing country governments is of crucial importance to the wellbeing of the world’s population, and carries profound implications for climate change, very few aid agencies have any urban policy. David Satterthwaite, Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) will discuss the problems and opportunities within this critical situation. He has written widely on the subject, and in 2004 he was awarded the Volvo
Environment Prize for his work on urban issues.