International Poverty Reduction in China (IPRCC) in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and its Regional Knowledge Sharing Initiative (RKSI) are holding an international policy workshop on "Urban Poverty and Inclusive Cities in Asia" on 24-25 June 2013 in Suqian, Jiangsu province, People's Republic of China (PRC).
Urbanization is driving development but at the same time it was found that while the poverty incidence has declined across rural and urban areas in Asia, the rates of decline are far slower for urban poverty than for rural poverty. Unlike rural poverty, urban poverty is complex and multi-dimensional - extending beyond the deficiency of income or consumption, where its many dimensions relate to the vulnerability of the poor on account of their inadequate access to land and housing, physical infrastructure and services, economic and livelihood sources, health and education facilities, social security networks and voice and empowerment. In most of developing Asia, urbanization has been accompanied by slums and shelter deprivation, informality, worsening of the living conditions, and increasing risks due to climate change and exclusionary urban forms. Recent years have witnessed, almost universally, increasing urban inequalities and stagnating consumption shares of lower-percentile households.
Lessons on urban poverty from Asian and South American countries will be discussed and policy recommendations will be developed in this international workshop.
The objective of the international workshop is to share knowledge among policy makers, academic scholars and development practitioners on urban poverty and discuss key features of policy recommendations for the PRC on achieving urban inclusiveness and livable cities for the poor.
Participation is by invitation only.
The international policy workshop on Urban Poverty and Inclusive Cities in Asia will bring together about 120 experts from central and local governments in Asia, think tanks, universities, and development partners. The workshop will be held on 24 - 25 June, 2013, Suqian, Jiangsu Province.