You are here

Urbanization and Development: Delving Deeper into the Nexus

Photo by Adam Morse/Unsplash

The Global Research Project, Urbanization and Development: Delving Deeper into the Nexus, provided research grants to support comparative and systematic research focused across continents, and brought together experts from Francophone Africa, Asia and Latin America 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 aimed to provide 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

Find out about the research teams and program activities here.


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.


Brazil |  Congestion Charge in São Paulo City: Likely Traffic Effects
Cameroon | Suburbanization and Inequality in Transport Mobility in Yaoundé, Cameroon: Drawing Public Policy for African Cities 
Colombia |  Location of the Poor: Neighborhood Versus Household Characteristics: The Case of Bogotá 
Developing Countries |  Land Use Regulations and Urbanization in the Developing World: Evidence from over 600 Cities  
Ecuador and Nepal |  Urban Externalities in the Small Developing Countries of Asia and Latin America: A Comparative Case Study Analysis of Squatter Settlements in Nepal (Kathmandu) and Ecuador (Quito)
South East Asia | Urbanization Processes and Urban Morphology in the Periphery of Capitalism: São Paulo, Jakarta, Hanoi and Belo Horizonte

Find out more

To find the studies completed under this program, please go to the Research section of this website, and check back frequently for updates.