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As urban populations grow and evolve, there are significant challenges in developing sustainable and inclusive economies that can employ large youth demographics and are resilient to stresses and shocks. The public sector's role differs from city to city, but crucially, city and regional governments should aim to provide a suitable enabling environment for business while supporting sustainable growth through aspects such as transport and power infrastructure, information and communication technology (ICT) and high-quality urban environments. It is also vital to sustainable development that economic development is low-carbon and the resulting jobs are accessible to all, including persons with disabilities.

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How can UrbanEmerge help you?

Urban economic development planning

UrbanEmerge works with clients to develop or evaluate industrial development and urban-regional economic development strategies, which aim to identify and enhance economic activities with growth and spill-over potential that can maximise jobs.

Enhancing value chain performance and urban-rural economic linkages

In the context of many low and middle-income economies, urban development can act as a driver for the economic and social development of surrounding rural areas.

Climate smart and resilient livelihoods

UrbanEmerge can help to design and support initiatives to reduce the reliance on livelihoods and infrastructure that is vulnerable to climate change.

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