Urbanization’s rapid growth: Are we prepared for it?

Urbanization is expected to continue expanding rapidly. By 2030, around 60 percent of the world’s population — 5 billion of the project 8.2 billion people — will live in urban areas, compared with half in 2008.

What should cities do to address what Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, calls as the biggest demographic challenge the world is facing? Reckford tells Devex it starts with adequate infrastructure.

Lars Schwetje contributed reporting from New York.

Check out the rest of our interview with Jonathan Reckford, as well as our conversations with other global development luminaries who attended this year’s Clinton Global Initiative.

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    Rolf Rosenkranz oversees a talented team of in-house journalists, correspondents and guest contributors located around the globe. Since joining Devex in early 2008, Rolf has been instrumental in growing its fledgling news operation into the leading online source for global development news and analysis. Previously, Rolf was managing editor at Inside Health Policy, a subscription-based news service in Washington. He has reported from Africa for the Johannesburg-based Star and its publisher, Independent News & Media, as well as the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, a German daily.

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