Monday, July 2, 2012

A Vision for Inclusive Cities

India’s urban population will grow from 288 million in 2000 to 590 million in 2030. Such massive urban transformation would require a change in national thinking and resource allocation from its current focus on rural areas to cities. With 2/3rd of GDP coming from the urban areas, there is an economic argument as well.

Inclusiveness is defined as the provision for employment opportunities, a minimum level of basic services, a voice in decision making, an access to common facilities and safety, for all city dwellers. At the present time, those employed in the informal sector make up 2/3rd of the urban population, and are vulnerable to being excluded from the city’s services and infrastructure.

Reference: Inclusive Cities Workshop - June 7-8, 2011 in New Delhi, The World Bank, June 7, 2011
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