The Global Research Project, Urbanization and Development: Delving Deeper into the Nexus, seeks to provide research grants to support comparative and systematic research that looks across continents and brings together experts from Francophone Africa, Asia and Latin America respectively to address fundamental issues on urbanization and development, as well as provide opportunities for researchers from these regions to engage in meaningful academic collaborations in a globally interconnected way.

The project aims at providing specific recommendations and strategic guidance for governments and development agencies regarding urbanization issues (thus paying particular attention to the so-called 'enabling policy environment' in the area of urbanization).

  • Understanding the inter-linkages between urbanization and development from a local perspective
  • Building research capacity of Southern researchers in the theme of urbanization through in-depth mentoring by experts in the discipline
  • Helping shape South-South research collaboration and peer learning opportunities on a variety of issues related to cities in developing countries and
  • Preparing case study reports pertaining to urbanization and development issues in Francophone Africa, Asia and Latin America with a long-term policy focus

The two component of Global Research Project is supported by the two different agencies, the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) under their initiative for strengthening research and policy Links in Francophone Africa, Asia and Latin America

For further information contact Shelly Dahiya, Program Manager

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Workshop in Focus

Francophone Africa Project workshop in Yaoundé

The Project workshop held in Yaoundé city, Cameroon on 23 September, 2013 provided an opportunity to showcase the critical findings on issues associated with growing urbanization and its implications on uncontrolled urban sprawl leading to unregulated transportation in the city. The platform benefitted research team in soliciting the views and comments expressed by wide audience of policymakers, think tank and university representatives.