The largest migration in human history is happening.
Every day, around 180,000 people leave their rural homes for cities and the promise of educational, economic, and social benefits; but poverty is now growing faster in cities than in rural areas. More than a billion people live in urban slums, typically with little access to water, sanitation or shelter. If left unchecked, the UN-Habitat estimates there could be a worldwide slum population of three billion by 2050.
Rural communities feel the effect of migration too: investment in services decreases, labour becomes scarcer, and communities can lose some of their sense of purpose and viability.
Revolutionising life in slums, creating sustainable cities, and revitalising rural economies is at the heart of resolving many of today’s rural-urban conflicts.
Innovative thinking and creative ideas are making a difference. For example, in Kenya and India, low-cost, low-tech housing is being developed. In Tanzania, public-private partnerships aim to make farming profitable and architects in Tianjin, China, are designing new cities with sustainable solutions at their foundation.
It’s just the start.
"180,000 people leave rural communities for cities every day. It’s the largest migration in human history."
Professional Commission First Prize Winner for his series “Árnes”.
Professional Commission Second Prize Winner for his series of images from Dakar, Senegal.