This is one of a number of PLOW learning resources designed to support the professional development of DFID livelihoods advisers. Each learning resource comprises an overview of the subject in a briefing note; key texts; a summary of recent policy debates; points on where to find other resources; and a glossary of key terms used in the briefing note. This Briefing Note reviews definitions of urban and rural areas and the importance of location and context for the understanding of poverty. It describes the relevance of rural urban change processes to livelihoods transformations, and the ways in which policies have addressed, or ignored, the role of urban centres in regional and rural development. It explores the impact of urban growth on poverty, infrastructure and the environment.
This resource was produced by the Programme of Advisory and Support Services (PASS) in partnership with Livelihoods Connect at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). PASS was a Resource Centre for Livelihoods Advisers that was funded by DFID and managed by HTSPE Limited. The Resource Centre closed in 2007.
Waites, T.; Tacoli, C. PLOW learning resource: Urban rural change. Programme of Advisory and Support Services (PASS), Hemel Hempstead, UK (2005) 11 pp.