The Emergence of Pacific Urban Villages: Urbanization Trends in the Pacific Islands

Publication | October 2016

Set within the context of growing levels of urbanization in contemporary Pacific towns and cities, this publication explains the nature of “urban villages”.

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Village-like settlements such as squatter and informal settlements are seen as a type of urban village. The report examines the evolution of different types of settlement commonly known as native or traditional villages, and the more recent squatter and informal settlements. It looks at the role these and other urban villages play in shaping and making Pacific towns and cities and presents key actions that Pacific countries and development partners need to consider as part of urban and national development plans while achieving a more equitable distribution of the benefits of urbanization.

About this publication

This publication expands and builds on an earlier report, The State of Pacific Towns and Cities: Urbanization in ADB’s Pacific Developing Member Countries, by examining in greater depth the need for a quantum shift in how development agencies, practitioners, and researchers perceive and address the needs of those urban residents who live in some form of urban village and often in hardship and poverty. 


  • Key Terminologies
  • Key Messages
  • Introduction
  • Revisiting Drivers and Responses to Pacific Urbanization
  • The Evolution of Settlement Types
  • Viewing Village-Like Settlements as Urban Villages
  • Exploring the Notion of Village City
  • Managing the Diversity of People and Places in a Pacific Urban World

Additional Details

  • Urban development
  • Cook Islands
  • Fiji
  • Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia, Federated States of
  • Nauru
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Timor-Leste
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu
  • 122
  • 8.5 x 11
  • RPT168446-2
  • 978-92-9257-609-7 (Print)
  • 978-92-9257-610-3 (e-ISBN)

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