In Ethiopia, urban managers are faced with the mindboggling challenge to develop cities in the face of growing urban poverty. Rapid urbanisation stretches the demand for employment, infrastructure and services to a point where many opt for informal land, housing, employment and services. Can urban managers change the tide and transform cities into engines of growth?
IHS is an international institute of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, operating in the fi eld of housing and urban development. It offers post graduate education, training, advisory services and applied research.
Meine Pieter van Dijk is professor in urban management in emerging economies at Erasmus University Rotterdam, as well as senior economist at IHS. Jan Fransen is Deputy Director of IHS and team leader of the World Bank project to strengthen higher education in urban management at the Ethiopian Civil Service College, Ethiopia