South Asia’s urban population grew by 130 million people between 2001 and 2011, and it is forecast to rise by almost 250 million more in the next 15 years. The region has already started to see the economic growth and poverty-reduction benefits associated with urbanization; if managed properly, further urbanization offers the potential for more prosperous and
To confirm this prospect, one need look no further than the transformative effect that urbanization has had, within
living memory, on many East Asian countries and, looking further back, on the nowadvanced
economies of Western Europe and North America.
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