Economic growth and urbanisation

ODI’s work focuses on how to get the best from urbanisation, for poor people and for economic growth.
Urbanisation in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photo: Kibae Park/UN CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Urbanisation is almost always an outcome of economic growth and, when properly managed, can fuel further growth, innovation and enterprise.  For poor people, the move to the city can be a catalyst for increased wealth and opportunity, or can trap them into a life of poverty and insecurity.  Unless we can understand the difference, and incorporate cities and migration into our thinking on development, we will not be able to end poverty or achieve the Millennium Development Goals.