Meeting the MDGs in Urban Areas
Many international agencies ignore urban poverty, claiming that development is biased towards urban populations, yet a large and growing proportion of deprivation in Africa, Asia and Latin America is in urban areas. Urban areas have large concentrations of people with incomes too low to meet their needs who suffer deficiencies in provision for secure housing, water and sanitation, healthcare and schools. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will not be met unless there are successful urban programmes as well as successful rural programmes. And in urban areas, successful programmes largely depend on the quality and capacity of local government and civil society organizations.