The world faces an unprecedented urban expansion with projections for the global urban population reach nearly 5 billion by the year 2030. Virtually all of this growth will occur in the developing world where cities gain an average of 5 million residents every month. Failure to incorporate urban priorities into the global development agenda carries serious implications for human security, global security, and environmental sustainability. The result of the second annual paper competition co-sponsored by CUSP, USAID, IHC, the World Bank, and Cities Alliance, the chapters in this publication highlight the new research and innovative thinking of the next generation of urban planners, practitioners, and policymakers.
The fast pace of urban development has had dire health consequences for the urban poor. The Comparative Urban Studies Project's Allison Garland discusses some of the threats as well as a new joint initiative with USAID that will study and propose strategies to alleviate poverty.
How can Africa prevent the exportation of its educated citizens? This paper attempts to answer this very question through examination of what is meant by “brain drain,” followed by analyzing the hard facts, significance and consequences for the continent.
This report draws from the dialogue and seminar papers shared at a January 2010 meeting co-hosted by the Wilson Center and the Fetzer Institute to explore the affect of globalization on natural resource issues such as water on local, national, and international levels. Examining the effect of environmental peacebuilding on communities, the discussion explored how governments, NGOs, the private sector, and other interested parties can generate positive outcomes while minimizing negative ones.
Cities have transformed into magnets for those seeking a promise of a better life. Yet, rapid urbanization in the 20th century left the majority on the fringes of urban society with limited access to basic services, employment, and housing. Youth are perhaps those most affected by this urban transformation. In these conference proceeding, contributors review the importance of highlighting youth on the policy agenda, reducing the alienation that many youth feel, empowering youth through inclusive employment strategies, and taking heed of the particular needs of urban street children.
Paper contribution to the January 2009 seminar on community resilience
Paper contribution to the April 2011 seminar on post-disaster community engagement.
Yet Another Transition? Urbanization, Class Formation, and the End of the National Liberation Struggle in South Africa
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; 1999. (Comparative Urban Studies Occasional Series; 24). PDF: 153KB, 31 pages