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Urban Development and Support for Local Authorities - 2019 Activity Report

In 2030, 60% of the world’s population will be living in cities. This rapid urbanisation will have impacts that are social (growth in precarious settlements, increased risks of social fragmentation and of poverty), economic (high concentration of unemployed, difficult access to economic opportunities) and environmental (urban sprawl and heightened vulnerability to climate change).

For this reason, it is crucial to help cities to cope with urban growth and its impacts. AFD is responding to these challenges by supporting cities in their low-carbon transition and in their adaptation to climate change. It aims to improve city dwellers’ quality of life, and supports the sustainable development of territories. It helps urban actors take up the challenges of city growth, social inequalities and territories’ vulnerability.

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