Today’s urban population of about 3.5 billion people is projected to reach 5 billion by 2030, with two-thirds of the global population living in cities. City leaders must move quickly to plan for growth and provide the basic services, infrastructure, and affordable housing their expanding populations need.
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May 6, 2015 — The World Bank's City Creditworthiness Initiative helps cities improve their financial performance and secure the private investment they need to fund climate-smart infrastructure and services.Read More »
April 22, 2015 — Africa's urban population is expected to grow by 450 million between 2010 and 2040. On the occasion of the 2015 World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings, a high-level panel explored how cities throughout the region can take advantage of this rapid urbanization to foster growth and attract investments.Read More »
March 31, 2015 — The World Bank challenged data enthusiasts to create innovative visualizations on East Asia's urban growth. Some 17 participants from around the world answered the call, helping us shed new light on the dynamics and implications of urbanization.Read More »
The World Bank's Urbanization Reviews offer a framework for city leaders to make tough decisions on development by providing diagnostic tools to identify policy distortions and analyze investment priorities.