The process of urban growth. An increase in the proportion and number of people living in urban areas.
A city of over 10 million people
The outward growth of urban areas.
Rural to Urban Migration
The movement of people form the countryside to towns or cities
Outlying districts of a town or city often dominated by housing
Often called shanty towns in developing countries. There are different names for shanty towns around the world including favelas in Brazil, barriadas in Peru and bustees in India
Where people have no legal rights over the land on which they live.
Where people take responsibility for improving their own living conditions.
Self help schemes
Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO)
An organisation that is independent of government control, usually charitable organisations such as Wateraid, Oxfam, Save the Children
Sattelite Town/New Town
A new settlement built away from the larger city, designed to provide new housing, services and jobs for people from the city.