Urbanisation and the State of Infrastructure in the Developing World Cities

Document Type: Original Paper


Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Urban and Regional Planning,University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos, Nigeria.


The dominant policy decision emphasis on urbanisation problem in developing countries is its
rate of growth, ignoring the level of provision of resources, including the infrastructure, to match this growth. It is
against this background that the paper undertook a broad analysis of the state of infrastructure in developing countries
using such indices as access and quality of water supply, sanitation and solid waste management, to explore how their
provision and improvements over time could gradually match the rate of urbanisation. Extensive literature review was
adopted for data collection in articles and journals which were analysized using content analysis technique. There is
significant proportion of population using unimproved drinking water sources (42%), unimproved sanitation facilities
(50%) and without access to designated waste disposal sites (44%). Water, sanitation and hygiene are key to improving
health and development. Providing sustainable access to these infrastructures is the most important things that can be
done to reduce disease and improve human development.


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