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Harnessing the potential of urbanisation in Least Developed Countries
17 October, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The population of LDCs is projected to double in size from 954 million inhabitants in 2015 to 1.9 billion in 2050. On the one hand, the percentage of people living in rural areas in LDCs is expected to decline while the percentage of urban dwellers is expected to grow from 32 per cent in 2015 to 50 per cent by 2050. Given the high growth projections for most cities in developing countries, the challenges of urban poverty and more broadly of city management will only worsen in many places if not addressed more aggressively. Even in LDCs with low level of urbanisation to date, namely Burundi, Uganda, Malawi, Nepal, Niger and Ethiopia (where rate of urbanisation is less than 20 percent), the proportion of urban population will double by 2050. This illustrates the urgency for expanding infrastructure and services to better cope with the growing number of urban inhabitants in LDCs.