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Development Debates: Are Slum Free Cities Achievable?
Tue 31 January 2017, 18:00 – 20:00
The London International Development Centre (LIDC) has teamed up with The Guardian Development Network to host a series of panel debates on current key issues in international development. Four speakers, comprised of academics from the Bloomsbury Colleges, development practitioners and policy-makers, will take questions from the audience. Discussions will be guided by a moderator, and there will be a chance to continue the discussion after the debate at a networking and drinks reception.
Are Slum Free Cities Achievable?
The global population is projected to rise to 9.7bn people by 2050, and it is estimated that around 66% of that total will be living in cities, with the majority of urban growth expected to take place in developing regions in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
According to UN-Habitat, around 33% of the urban population in the developing world in 2012, or about 863 million people, lived in slums, a figure that is increasing every day with urban growth.
On the one hand, slums give people opportunities, allowing them to move to cities, driving economic growth and lifting societies out of extreme poverty; however, they can also lead to overcrowding and squalid conditions resulting in problems of inadequate sanitation, poor health and social unease.
In October 2016 a new Urban Agenda was adopted at the Habitat III Summit in Quito to provide global standards for the achievement of sustainable urban development; but how should developing countries effectively respond to the challenge of surging city populations and the growth of slums? Is it possible to have slum free cities and should developing countries be focusing on upgrading slums or eradicating them?
Professor Julio D Davila, Professor of Urban Policy and International Development and Director of UCL's Development Panning Unit
Amina Khan, Senior Research Officer at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
Himanshu Parikh, Winner of several awards including the United Nations World Habitat Award for Urban Development and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
Anna Walnycki, Researcher at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Bibi van der Zee, Editor of the Guardian’s Global Development Professionals Network
This is the second of the new London International Development Centre and The Guardian debate series 'Development Debates'. Please see a link to the first debate in the series here.
Professor Julio D Davila
Professor of Urban Policy and International Development and Director of UCL's Development Planning Unit
Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
Senior Research Officer
Winner of several awards including the United Nations World Habitat Award for Urban Development and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Researcher, Human Settlements