International Policy Workshop on Rural-Urban Poverty Linkages

While potentially contributing to poverty reduction, urbanization is not solving the problems of inclusive growth and persistent poverty in Asia. It is estimated that in 2015 about 48% of Asia’s population lived in urban areas, and one-third of them—in a trend that is increasing—live in slums or unfavorable living conditions. Cities—often mega-cities—in many parts of Asia are increasingly becoming unlivable, especially for the poor. The workshop brought together 90 government officials, experts, and NGOs from 14 countries to discuss concepts and cases of urban-poverty reduction from selected Asian, European and South American countries. The workshop concluded with four site visits in Zhejiang Province in order to showcase and discuss the PRC experience.