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The consequences of urbanization for aid practice

POVERTY / Over a billion people, 24 percent of the world's urban population, are today considered slum dwellers. And most refugees do not end up in overcrowded camps in Europe, but as displaced migrants in medium-sized and small cities in Asia and Africa. Aid today has a reluctance to get involved in urban areas and urbanization issues.

There is a myth that Norwegian aid actors have neither engaged in nor sought to understand the big cities in the global south. Very few official documents address the exponential urbanization of poverty, inequality and other development challenges. Even fewer say anything about the consequences of urbanization for aid practice. Has developmental
did the policy behave "blindly", as former NORAD director Arve Ofstad describes, in order to avoid yet another sector in the budget? (Ofstad 2019) But if this myth is not directly wrong, it only describes . . .

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Eilert Berre Ellefsen
Currently engaged at the Masters Program in Human Geography, UiO, specialization in Urbanism and Planning.

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