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Topic guide: Building reciprocal rural-urban linkages through infrastructure investment and development

Allen, AE; Davila, J; Hofmann, P; Brown, D; (2015) Topic guide: Building reciprocal rural-urban linkages through infrastructure investment and development. Evidence on Demand: London, UK.

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Abstract

This document is designed to be a practical and analytical guide for development practitioners working to promote socially just, environmentally sustainable and resilient rural and urban development in rapidly urbanising low- and middle-income countries. It focuses specifically on Asia and Africa as the world’s two most rapidly urbanising continents, and promotes the mutual benefits available for both urban and rural areas that can be gained by promoting their positive interdependencies and linkages. The Guide presents evidence from the literature and examples from practice where infrastructure has been used to build and harness reciprocal rural-urban linkages. It also shows how DFID has historically championed a nuanced perspective on the potential benefits of urbanisation beyond a narrow focus on built up urban areas. If revitalised, such perspective could have a significant impact on guiding future infrastructural interventions not only by DFID but also by other bilateral and multilateral development agencies. Section 1 introduces the Guide – what and who it is for, who wrote it and how it is structured. Section 2 seeks to provide development practitioners with an understanding of the current trends, challenges and opportunities in urbanisation, both globally and in Africa and Asia specifically. Sections 3-5 aim to provide development practitioners with the advice and evidence required to promote the positive interdependencies between urban and rural development - otherwise referred to as reciprocal rural-urban linkages. This is split into sections focusing on ways to maximise and manage economic and development potential (3), physical growth and the sustainability of the natural resource base (4) and social inclusion and equality (5). Section 6 presents a number of case studies to show how a range of types of infrastructure, and the services they support, can help build reciprocal rural-urban linkages in practice. Section 7 concludes by discussing the centrality of local governance in infrastructure provision and service delivery, viewed through the lens of water and sanitation.

Type: Report
Title: Topic guide: Building reciprocal rural-urban linkages through infrastructure investment and development
DOI: 10.12774/eod_tg.allenaetal
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.12774/eod_tg.allenaetal
Language: English
Additional information: First published May 2015 © Crown Copyright
Keywords: Infrastructure development, local governance, rural-urban linkages, sanitation, service delivery, social inclusion, sustainable development, urbanisation, water supply
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Development Planning Unit
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1476012
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