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The HSRC BRICS Seminar Series
Start Date: Aug 28, 2013
End Date: Aug 26, 2013
Venue: Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town (Videoconferencing facilities: see below)
Description: The Relationship Between Urbanisation and Development in the BRICS
This seminar may be attended via video conference in Pretoria, Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal. Details as below. The speakers will be in Cape Town.
Presented by Prof. Ivan Turok, Deputy Executive Director, Economic Performance and Development Unit, HSRC
Linking the process of urbanization to forces that can propel economic and social development is one of the main challenges of the 21st Century. The urban population of low- and middle-income countries is predicted to double from 2,000 to 4,000 million between 2000 and 2030. With 42 per cent of the world’s current population, the BRICS will be major contributors to this phenomenon. Large-scale urbanization without development is likely to cause intractable environmental problems and social disorder.
The seminar will examine the contribution over recent decades of urbanization to inclusive development in the BRICS. The role of government policies towards rural-urban migration will be a particular focus of attention. I will argue that urbanization is not automatically or inevitably a progressive force because the negative effects can outweigh the positive, but with careful planning and investment in appropriate infrastructure it can contribute to fairer and more durable development.
Kindly RSVP by 26 August 2013
Cape Town: HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or JWitten@hsrc.ac.za
Durban: First floor HSRC board room, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor, Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or RKhan@hsrc.ac.za
Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail: acgrossberg@hsrc.ac.za
Website: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/
Created By: CPSI
Organizers: HSRC
Participation Requirements: Open

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