A description of the relative rates of urbanisation in rich and poor countries. The Industrial Revolution led to rapid urban growth in the richest nations. After 1950 LEDCs experienced similar rates of urbanisation. Cities in LEDCs are now growing at a faster rate than those in MEDCs. Despite their slower rate of growth, cities in MEDCs consume far more resources than their counterparts in LEDCs. MEDC cities experience a variety of social and economic problems. However, the pace of urbanisation in LEDC cities places a particular strain on the provision of basic services and infrastructure. One consequence is the development of shanty towns.

This clip is from:
World 2000, Urbanisation
First broadcast:
10 October 2002

Can be used to discuss global population growth, urbanisation in MEDCs and LEDCs, urban problems in MEDCs and the growth of shanty towns. Why is LEDC urban growth faster than MEDC urban growth? Why do MEDCs consume more resources? Discuss issues such as crime, drug addiction and loneliness in urban areas. The pace of urbanisation is placing stress on basic services - why?