New Security Beat 2.2.2015
Are We Keeping up With Asia’s Urbanization?
By Steven Gale
There is widespread agreement, and untold publications, that argue urbanization is the defining issue of our time. There are more cities, both large and small, and more people living in those cities than anytime in human history.
Many of these new cities have sprung up in Asia. This past October, the U.S. Agency for International Development partnered with the UN Development Program, UN-Habitat, and UN Global Pulse to hear from local practitioners on the gaps between urban theory and best practice and what roles donors and others might play. Over the course of a two-day workshop in Bangkok, we heard from urban planners, mayors, regional managers, and provincial leaders. Here are the highlights: