Rethinking sustainable development within the framework of poverty and urbanisation in developing countries

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Cobbinah, Patrick Brandful, Erdiaw-Kwasie, Michael Odei and Amoateng, Paul. 2015. "Rethinking sustainable development within the framework of poverty and urbanisation in developing countries." Environmental Development. 13 (1), pp. 18-32. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envdev.2014.11.001
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Rethinking sustainable development within the framework of poverty and urbanisation in developing countries

ERA Journal ID210421
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsCobbinah, Patrick Brandful (Author), Erdiaw-Kwasie, Michael Odei (Author) and Amoateng, Paul (Author)
Journal TitleEnvironmental Development
Journal Citation13 (1), pp. 18-32
Number of Pages15
Year2015
PublisherElsevier
ISSN2211-4645
2211-4653
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envdev.2014.11.001
Abstract

Since its emergence in the 1980s, the ideology underpinning sustainable development has become a metaphor for describing human welfare and environmental management. However, previous studies have overly focused on environmental aspects with little known about poverty-urbanisation implications on sustainable development. Given the magnitude of urbanisation and the pervasiveness of poverty in developing countries, this paper advocates for a poverty-urbanisation analytical approach to sustainable development in developing countries. First, the article provides an overview of sustainable development discourse. Second, the paper looks at the concepts of poverty and urbanisation and their ramifications on sustainable development. Third, examples of sustainable development policy initiatives and their associated poverty-urbanisation threats are presented. Fourth, the paper discusses the policy implications of these two phenomena on sustainable development. The paper concludes with some key issues necessary to make sustainable development a reality in developing countries.

Keywordssustainable development; urbanisation;poverty
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440699. Human geography not elsewhere classified
440305. Population trends and policies
441016. Urban sociology and community studies
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Byline AffiliationsCharles Sturt University
Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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