Cities are increasingly becoming recognized as the locus of economic and social development. The world has reached a tipping point, where half of the world’s population is already living in cities, while more than 1 billion people are living in slums. With rapid urbanization, more than 2 billion people will move to cities in the developing world.
The World Bank Institute Urban Practice’s knowledge exchange and learning program equips city leaders, municipal staff, and other practitioners with innovative strategies and tools to realize the potential benefits of urbanization. We support national and local governments and our staff in the following areas:
- Core elements of city management, including resource mobilization and financial management, integrating land use and transport, geo tools for growth and systems for accountability, transparency and public participation.
- Sustainable access to safe water, waste management, affordable shelter and services, and creating acceptable living conditions, particularly in informal settlements.
- Proactive risk management to design policies to enhance resilience to disasters and climate adaptation, and community-based approaches for preventing urban crime and violence.