Rapid, and at times alarming, rates of urbanisation on all continents, coupled with haphazard spatial development of urban areas have led to a growing number of urban poor with no access to basic services. This population and its environment represent both an enormous challenge and opportunity.

With the proportion of urban poor ranging from 28% in Latin America to up to 76% in South Asia and over 800 million slum dwellers living in dire conditions, tackling urban poverty and its spatial manifestations through thoughtful urban planning and the provision of basic services such as water sanitation, transport and housing, is a critical priority for both economic and social development and welfare more generally.

The provision of technical support in urban services is a new focal area for Aguaconsult and builds on experience working in urban planning, urban governance and urban services both in developed and developing countries, for planning organisations and bilateral organisation. In collaboration with major European consulting companies, Aguaconsult can provide the following services to a range of clients:

• Project identification, design and evaluation
• Support to funding or implementation organisations during project implementation
• Research into less well understood aspects of urban service provision and spatial planning

To learn more about how Aguaconsult can support your organisation in this area, please contact Julia Boulenouar, here.