Now, more than half of the world's population lives in cities and the number will continue to rise up. While it might increases growth, many cities are increasingly vulnerable to climate shocks and stresses, where the poor communities hit hardest. What has been working well in building inclusive resilience across Asia?
It may be widely known that children are amongst the most vulnerable when extreme weather strikes. Specifically, global research shows that women and children are 14 times more likely than men to die or be injured due to a disaster, an effect that decreases or disappears as social inequalities between men and women decrease. In addition to high fatalities, loss of homes and livelihoods, women and girls also experience more intangible losses.
"The concept of the ‘sharing economy’ could be extended to thinking across the various types of Asian entrepreneurship and public participation." Investing in the skills of young people, start ups and the sharing economy, could be key to fostering socially inclusive economic growth in Asia, argues urban development consultant Nicholas Taylor.