Building Resilience in Cities under Stress

Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos, Nigeria. Photo: Richard Cahilig.

Cities will host more than 60% of the world’s population by 2030, with much of this growth occurring in Africa. Such rapid urbanization and the ensuing socioeconomic division already challenge governments, and continued unplanned growth may leave cities more impoverished, dangerous, and at risk to political and economic shocks. States should build urban resilience to these forces by decentralizing municipal governance; empowering local communities; developing inclusive public services (such as public transit or sanitation); and instituting long-term urban plans that prioritize public goods and infrastructure.

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Security Topics: Security and Development