NGOs and Urban Planning in Developing Countries

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
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You'll learn about:

  • How non-governmental organizations (NGOs) help developing nations improve urban areas 

  • How NGOs share urban planning best practices with developing countries 

  • How various NGOs entered the urban planning environment—and what lessons they have since learned 

Many cities in the developing world are experiencing rapid population increase and major challenges from climate change such as heat waves, storms, and flooding. Even as they work to improve and expand basic infrastructure such as water, waste water treatment, and electricity, these cities must also upgrade slum areas and provide adequate housing for their populations.  

American NGOs are providing critical technical assistance in the areas of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); housing policy; disaster preparedness; and infrastructure. Learn how how these NGOs have partnered with cities in the developing world to create long-term plans for more livable communities.    


Marc Lewis-Degrace , AICP , Washington , DC (see bio)
Hirano Seki , CRS , Baltimore , MD (see bio)
David Grossman , ICMA , Potomac , MD
Brian English , Global Communities , Brookline , MA