More than half the worldâ€™s population lives in urban areas and by 2050, the worldâ€™s population is expected to grow by three billion people. Almost all of this growth will take place in developing countries, and within those countries, in cities and townsâ€”more than doubling the urban population today.
Dealing with this challenge is critical. But according to renowned economist Jeffery Sachs, the rapid growth of urban centers need not be perceived negatively or interpreted as an automatic rise in urban poverty.
'The challenge,' says Sachs, 'is how to make urbanization really work. We should view urban planning as one of the most promising aspects of global civilization.'
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(source: The World Bank Group)