Video September 25, 2017

Opportunities and Challenges of Urbanization: Planning for an Unprecedented Future

While urbanization is widely viewed as a key engine of development, urban population growth gives rise to both opportunities and challenges. In the near future, as urbanization processes unfold, Africa and Asia will face an unprecedented growth in the number of people residing in their cities. The urban population in Sub-Saharan Africa in particular is expected to increase by more than 400 million residents and double within the next 25 years. In this talk, Harris Selod mobilized lessons from urban economics and economic geography to shed light on the benefits and costs of urbanization in a developing country context.