National urban policies need to be developed that focus on harnessing rural-urban linkages and investing in small and medium-sized towns that support these linkages to encourage a form of urbanisation that is sustainable and inclusive.

Craig Hatcher is Governance Advisor in the Governance and Peace team, Helvetas Switzerland.

Jane Carter is International Programme Advisor, Helvetas Nepal.

Martín del Castillo is Deputy Country Director, Helvetas Bolivia.

Yogesh Pant is Component Manager, Governance and Advocacy, Helvetas Nepal.

Contact: Craig.Hatcher(at)