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Urbanization and Development: Policy lessons from the BRICS experience

Gordon McGranahan, George Martine

Book/Report, 25 pages

Urbanization and urban growth are intricately intertwined with economic growth — and the BRICS are no exception. The BRICS’ vastly different individual experiences of ‘urban transition’ offer inspiring examples of how to seize urbanization’s opportunities, but also lessons on the pitfalls and problems inappropriate policies can bring. This Discussion Paper is part of a collaborative review of ‘Urbanization in the BRICS’ by IIED and UNFPA. The review aims to gauge urbanization’s role in the development efforts of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa and to identify the key policy implications for other developing countries.

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It is critically important to draw the right lessons from the BRICS, and both the successes and failures of their urbanisation strategies have much to teach the rest of the urbanising world. IIED has been working to draw out some of these lessons.

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