Urbanization and development: The enabling policy environment

Urbanization, development, and the enabling policy environment were the themes discussed in the fifth plenary session at GDN’s 13th Annual Conference, chaired by Santiago Levy (Inter-American Development Bank)


Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Center, offered an interesting perspective on a changing world geography, triggered by a variety of events. Pezzini posited that all countries are experiencing a new geography of growth, where the middle class is growing. A middle class from the South, or developing world, adamant on changing the status quo for the better.

He then moved on to a discussion of a number of cities, citing that each city offers a different context, making generalizations about urban phenomena hard at best. The unit of analysis in question then must depend on a variety of factors, based on the uniqueness of context.

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