Why should donors invest in urban areas?

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Many international agencies and NGOs are reluctant to invest or intervene in the urban areas of developing countries. Their reasons vary between assuming that the poorest groups live in rural areas and that urban areas are unable to continue absorbing more people. There is also a fear that to improve urban areas will only encourage more migrants. Geoff Payne addresses these concerns in a brief note arguing the case for agencies and NGOs to become more active in addressing the issues facing urban areas and enabling them to achieve the Millennium Development Goal Targets of Poverty Reduction and Environmental Improvement. 

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