Urbanisation in LEDCs
Urban areas are growing faster in LEDCs than anywhere else in the world, but this growth brings problems and challenges, all of which require good management and solutions.
Although the process of urbanisationUrbanisation: the growth of towns and cities and associated movement of populations into them happens in both MEDCs [MEDC: A More Economically Developed Country (MEDC) has high levels of development based on economic indicators such as gross domestic product (the country's income). ] and LEDCs [LEDC: A Less Economically Developed Country (LEDC) has low levels of development, based on economic indicators, such as gross domestic product (the country's income). ], the fastest-growing cities in the world are in LEDCs.
The reasons for the growth of urban areas include:
There are many problems associated with the rapid growth. These include unplanned housing (squatter settlements/shanty towns), dealing with urban waste, pollution and stress on the infrastructure [infrastructure: The basic structures needed for an area to function, for example roads and communications. ] and the city's services.
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