Lasting poverty reduction requires sustainable natural resource management as well as infrastructure development. This research program encompasses energy, environment, land, agriculture, water, climate change, biodiversity, and urbanization.
Productive Cities in the 21st Century
On September 9 the 6th Urbanization and Poverty Reduction Research Conference brought together leading policy makers and researchers on urbanization from around the globe. This year’s conference focused on the most critical asset of any city—its people. While a city’s buildings, infrastructure, and spatial design are all important, cities are fundamentally about the people who live in them, their connections with each other, and the productivity of these connections.
Rural poverty, rapid urbanization, equity, and environmental degradation have placed land at the center of many of the world's pressing challenges. Through analysis of change, testing cutting-edge technology, and partnerships with governments, universities, think tanks, and the private sector in developing and developed countries, the World Bank's Development Research Group is generating new insights into how countries can reform their land policies to effectively tackle these challenges.
Maria Marta Ferreyra and Mark Roberts, eds., with N. Lozano Gracia, P. Restrepo Cadavid, and H. Selod
This report is about the productivity of cities in LAC and the factors that help to explain its determination. Based on original empirical research, the report documents the high levels of population density and other features of LAC cities that mark them out from those in the rest of the world. The report also studies the role of three key factors – urban form, skills, and access to markets – in determining the productivity of LAC cities.
Calix, J., M. Rogy, M. Mukim, Y. Batana, L. Razafimandimby, A. Sanoh, O. Béguy, J. Hoogeveen, A. Zafar, M. Kitzmuller, E. Sergenti, A. Mijiyawa, M. Nshimiyimana, O. Kassim, A.-M. Taptué, I. Touqeer, S. Sánchez, E. Skrok, P. Avner, Christian Van Eghoff, A. Chunet, M. Winter, H. Selod, C. Plançon, O. D’aoust, S. Beddies, Z. Coulibaly, A. Anand and F. Taillandier.
Bamako represents about 34 percent of gross
domestic product (GDP), whereas Conakry and Niamey each
represent about 27 percent of GDP in their respective
countries. Furthermore, as their populations are increasing
at a faster rate than anywhere else in the world, the
attendant youth bulge could turn into either a demographic
dividend, whereby cities take advantage of a temporary boom
in the working age population to productively employ young
people, or a demographic disaster, accompanied by urban
instability if cities do not meet these aspirations.
Urban and peri-urban land markets in rapidly expanding West African cities operate within and across different coexisting tenure regimes and involve complex procedures to obtain or make land available for housing. Because a structured framework lacks for the analysis of such systems, this book proposes a systemic approach and applies it to Bamako and its surrounding areas.
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