10 things to know about the impacts of urbanisation

Briefing papers
October 2018

Most cities are growing quickly, with the majority of growth projected to be in low-income countries in Africa and Asia. By 2050, 6.5 billion people will live in urban centres – two-thirds of the projected world population.

Urban living offers many benefits to residents including more job opportunities and higher incomes, and to businesses including lower input costs, greater collaboration and innovation opportunities. But urbanisation – especially if it is rapid – also brings challenges.

City governments and policy-makers must plan for and manage the impacts of urbanisation on poverty, inequality, employment, services, transport, climate change and politics. Only by addressing these interconnected issues, and both the technical and political barriers to change, can they ensure a good quality of life for millions of urban dwellers.

Infographic: THE NUMBER OF URBAN POOR IS ON THE RISE
Infographic: MORE PEOPLE ARE LIVING IN INSECURE, RENTED HOUSING
Infographic: CITIES WILL NEED 331 MILLION NEW LOW-COST HOMES BY 2025
Infographic: THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WITHOUT BASIC WATER AND SANITATION IS INCREASING
Infographic: GROWING CITIES LEAD TO MORE CONGESTION AND TRAFFIC FATALITIES
Infographic: IN MANY CITIES, ENERGY DEMAND WILL RISE FASTER THAN POPULATION GROWTH
Infographic: POOR AIR QUALITY IN CITIES POSES SERIOUS HEALTH RISKS
Infographic: CITIES NEED TO CREATE BETTER JOBS
Infographic: CITY GOVERNMENTS IN POOR COUNTRIES REMAIN UNDER-RESOURCED
Infographic: THE CHALLENGES OF URBANISATION ARE POLITICAL, NOT JUST TECHNICAL