MYANMAR CAN LEARN FROM ITS NEIGHBORS IN MANAGING RAPID URBANIZATION
Yangon, Jan 2013. Wikimedia Commons
By Bijay Karmacharya
The Myanmar Times-Oct 1
Urbanization is a global human phenomenon. We are in a new stage of human history where more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas. In the early twentieth century, only 20 percent of the global population or only nine hundred million people lived in cities; today more than half of the world’s population lives in cities and predictions for the next 30 years suggest that it will rise to 70 percent. The 3.5 billion people today living in the urban areas will increase to 7 billion by 2050.
First published in: The Myanmar Times