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See urbanisation as a positive – or fail

Billy Cobbett with Melanie Manuel and Bheki Buthelezi from the Community Organisation Resource Centre, S.Africa. Behind them is a model of a slum dwellers shack at the World Planning Schools Congress in Perth, W.Australia

A third of the world’s people are on the move, says Billy Cobbett, the Manager of Cities Alliance. Addressing the World Planning Schools Congress in Perth, Western Australia, Mr. Cobbett called for planners to transform the current wave of urbanisation into a sustainable process. However, he issued a grim warning – there is no certainty of success. Likening today’s situation to the historic migration to the New World, Mr. Cobbett cautioned that we have no guide to follow. “Most current policies are wrong”, he said. “Policies that fail to focus on urbanisation as a positive force for social, economic and political transformation are policies that will fail.”
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