Cities across the global South are facing unprecedented and unavoidable urban expansion, placing pressure on infrastructure, increasing the costs of service provision, deepening spatial inequities and imposing heavy economic and environmental burdens on residents and governments. The more expansive a city, the higher the per capita costs associated with providing public services as well as the health and social costs associated with congestion, pollution, and urban inefficiencies. To manage urban growth, local governments must ensure safe and affordable housing for the urban poor while reducing the cost of new public infrastructure, minimizing future greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, conserving key natural assets and surrounding biodiversity, and enhancing urban resilience.
Managing Urban Growth
Unaffordable and Undrinkable
This resource identifies action areas for urban leaders to ensure equitable and reliable access to clean and affordable drinking water.
From Mobility to Access for All
This paper highlights priority actions and enabling conditions for improved urban mobility, which can lead to enhanced social equity and environmental quality.
Upward and Outward Growth
This paper guides city officials to manage urban sprawl with strategic land-use policy action to build more productive and equitable cities.