The shift of people from rural areas to cities and urban towns in developing and emerging economies is one of the most profound demographic changes happening globally. Cities all over the world have significant opportunities to transform human wellbeing, catalyze economic development, and serve as incubators for new ideas. Rapid urbanization is often linked to improved economic opportunities, better access to health and education services, and improved living conditions. However, underinvestment in infrastructure and services and weak urban governance, planning and financing frameworks can undermine urbanization’s potential to serve as an engine of green and inclusive growth and development.

The publication “Creating Livable Cities: Regional Perspectives” takes stock of key patterns of urbanization and urban development across various developing and emerging economies. It also examines the types of policy interventions and solutions required to promote competitive, inclusive, equitable, and environmentally sustainable and climate-resilient cities—in short, “livable” cities.

“Creating Livable Cities: Regional Perspectives” is a joint effort of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

The study will be launched by a panel discussion with the Presidents of participating regional development banks: Akinwumi Adesina (AfDB), Takehiko Nakao (ADB), Suma Chakrabarti (EBRD), and Luis Alberto Moreno (IDB) at the IDB in Washington, DC.

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Learn more about livable cities! 
ADB: Focus Areas: Urban Development / Blog / Publications

AfDB: Topics & Sectors / Blogs / Publications

EBRD: Municipal and Environmental Infrastructure Sector / Blog / Publications   

IDB: Housing and Urban Development Division / Blog / Publications

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Friday, 18 October, 2019 - 15:00 to 16:00
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