IGC cities research programme

Policy brief Cities

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One of the main challenges the IGC addresses through its research is the rapidly growing rates of urbanisation in developing countries.

Through increased density and the creation of productive clusters, this process brings with it both promises of important economic growth and prosperity as well as threats of congestion, contagion, and crime. The IGC Cities Programme promotes research that addresses the drivers of urban growth and how to tackle the downsides of density, in order to paint a holistic picture of how developing cities can be made into productive centres of economic growth.