Urban development

Algiers, Algeria

Background: the age of cities

The new millennium heralded the start of the age of cities. For the first time in the history of mankind the majority of the world’s population is now living in cities. Whereas in past centuries natural population growth primarily occurred in rural regions, today that growth is mainly registered in cities. In the mid-20th century, 30 per cent of the population lived in the world’s urban centres. Today that share stands at more than 50 per cent, and is continuing to rise. By 2050 it is expected that 80 per cent of the world’s population will live in cities. more

Urban development: an important field of development policy activity

Forward-looking urban development is key to reaching the global climate protection targets and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda. That is why it is an important field of German development policy activity. Urban development projects with a total volume of some 15 billion euros are currently being carried out in over 50 countries. The aim of German development policy in the field of urban development is to make a lasting improvement to the lives of the urban poor and to enable citizens to participate in political and economic life. Negative ecological impacts of urban growth should be limited, the natural foundations of cities and their surrounding areas preserved and the potential offered by settlements – especially of cities – in terms of land development needs to be harnessed. more

Further information

Here you can find a selection of links to documents and websites with further information on urban development issues. more

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