Pakistan's population—currently about 185 million—is expected to rise to 335 million by 2050. On June 9, the Wilson Center hosted a day-long conference to examine both the challenges and opportunities of Pakistan's demographics, and to discuss how best to tackle the former and maximize the latter.
Earlier this month, approximately eight boulders weighing 60-70 tons each split from the edges of the Muqattam cliffs and fell onto densely populated Manshiyet Nasr, a slum in eastern Cairo, killing more than 100 people and destroying 30-50 homes. This tragedy and the ensuing conflict between residents and local authorities highlight the need for effective governance and urban planning to alleviate poverty and rapid urbanization and avoid conflict.
July 2008 – UNICEF and WHO release new report on global water supply and sanitation. Data shows improved water access, but lag in proper sanitation.
Loren Landau, Director of the Forced Migration Studies Program at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, sat down with CUSP Program Associate Allison Garland to discuss migration and urban transformation in South Africa. Landau was at the Wilson Center to participate in a major conference on "Transnational Migration to New Regional Centers".
Recent violent attacks against immigrants in poor areas of Johannesburg remind us that migration is one of the most pressing issues facing policymakers today. On June 4, fourteen leading specialists from around the world will convene at the Woodrow Wilson Center to discuss how new migrant communities are transforming cities across the globe and to explore local strategies to better integrate migrant communities.
The Comparative Urban Studies Project's Allison Garland discusses urban poverty in Africa, where the rate of urbanization is rapid as is the rise of slums.
The population in cities around the globe is growing exponentially and is occurring in underdeveloped areas least able to cope with the increased demands. A recent conference convened scholars and practitioners to discuss the challenges and opportunities of urban assistance.
Edited by Fernando Carrion and Lisa M. Hanley