International Development Planning
We now live in a world where, more than ever, the local is affected by forces and characterized by dimensions—economic, political, environmental, social, and cultural—that are global. This presents planners with opportunities and challenges alike for making cities—in the global North as well as South—inclusive, equitable, and sustainable. By 2050 the population of our already urban world is expected to reach close to 10 billion. Three-quarters of this projected population increase will be urban, with over half of it in Asia, which will be home to the world’s largest megacities. Asia’s impressive industrialization and inexorable urbanization have yielded significant poverty reduction, but not without intensifying challenges of developmental equity and environmental sustainability. Hawai‘i’s strategic geographical location within the diverse and complex Asia-Pacific region, and the relevant expertise of DURP faculty members lend the IDP concentration its unique identity and forte. IDP students graduate with a global outlook on the purpose of planning and a nuanced understanding of its potential to impact urban societies of the global South. Among IDP’s several areas of strength are: urban poverty alleviation; urban environmental issues around water, sanitation, and other services; community development; shelter and slum upgrading; participation; decentralization and governance; collaboration among the state, private, and nongovernmental sectors; community resilience; climate change and disaster risk reduction; urban microfinance; and peri-urbanization and urban-rural linkages.
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