The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is defined by its urbanizing, and highly concentrated populations. Yet, rising inequality and exclusion within cities can derail development progress, and MENA is no exception. Fast growing and diverse urban populations face limited infrastructure, poor service delivery and high population densities – in addition to the pressures of economic crisis, fragility and violent conflict in some sub-regions. Against this backdrop, what lessons are being learnt in the region about how cities can be managed to function as spaces for social inclusion and platforms for effective urban service delivery and development? (This session is co-hosted by UNDP and DeLoG).
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