Aligning local anti-poverty efforts with global goals


September 2015 — The post-2015 development agenda is both ambitious and absolutely necessary. How can cities and organizations — from global foundations to community-based NGOs — align their work with the Sustainable Development Goals and other development frameworks in order to coordinate and scale their efforts, increase their impact, and ensure that these critically important goals are achieved?

This month, URB.im examines how funders, practitioners, communities, and other stakeholders are linking local efforts to eradicate urban poverty with global development goals. Follow the conversation as it unfolds over the course of the month and share your thoughts in the comments below.

India's sanitation crisis needs imaginative design and behavioral change communication

Delhi, 28 September 2015 — The article discusses the need to look beyond infrastructural solutions to imaginative designs and behavioral change communication to end India's sanitation crisis through the case study of Project Sammaan. See more.

چرا توصیههای بانک جهانی در ایران کار نمیکند؟

Tehran, 25 September 2015 – از حدود دو دهه پیش دولت ایران تلاش کرده توصیه های بانک جهانی را برای ارتقای سکونتگاههای غیررسمی به کار بندد. در این راه ستاد توانمندسازی نیز شکل گرفت. با این حال همه طرح های این ستاد تاکنون شکست خورده است. این مقاله درباره مهمترین دلایل این شکست است. ادامه مطلب.

Ensuring inclusive growth through local dialogue in Accra

Accra, 24 September 2015 — Ghana was selected for an inclusive dialogue on what should be the core mandate of the post-2015 agenda. This led to stakeholder meetings between various participants, particularly the poor and the vulnerable, who laid out their grievance during the country consultation. See more.

Planning between the local and the global in Johannesburg's Spatial Development Framework

Johannesburg, 23 September 2015 — This article is the second in a series on the shaping of the City of Johannesburg's current Spatial Development Framework (Joburg SDF). This month we spoke to Rogier van den Berg of The Urban Planning and Design LAB, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) – international planning consultants for the Joburg SDF – to discuss the relationship between local efforts and global goals. See more.

Environmental conservation in the City of Trees

Abuja, 22 September 2015 — Environmental protection and tree conservation have always been important in Abuja. Learn more about how this is achieved through government policy and civil society conservation programs working towards sustainable resource management. See more.

Peningkatan Kesadaran akan Perubahan Iklim

Surabaya, 21 September 2015 — Salah satu agenda Post 2015 adalah bagaimana agar masyarakat secara luas mampu mengambil tindakan terkait perubahan iklim. Tunas Hijau merupakan salah satu organisasi yang aktif dalam kampenye isu-isu lingkungan dengan mengajak komunitas di kampung-kampung serta melibatkan generasi muda di sekolah-sekolah dengan cara yang kreatif untuk menciptakan lingkungan yang lebih baik. Baca lebih lanjut.

Na luta pela igualdade de gênero no Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, 18 setembro 2015 — Este ano, a igualdade de gênero apareceu de maneira inédita entre os objetivos globais de desenvolvimento sustentável sacramentados pela ONU, feito que evidencia o reconhecimento do trabalho de entidades espalhadas pelo mundo todo que se posicionam de modo claro e consistente nesta luta. Neste artigo, conheça uma delas, situada no Rio de Janeiro. Leia mais.

Reducción de la mortalidad infantil en Cali

Cali, 17 setiembre 2015 — La mortalidad infantil en Cali se ha reducido de forma notable desde 1990, hasta niveles tan bajos que ya cumplen los objetivos de los futuros ODS. Sin embargo, la mayoría de las muertes que aún se producen son prevenibles. El prestar asistencia integral a las mujeres embarazadas y a los progenitores de niños en situación de pobreza es la mejor manera de eliminarlas. Leer más.

ICTs + Youth = Socio-economic opportunities

Lagos, 16 September 2015 — Two critical aspects to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals are using a targeted approach and strong partnerships between multiple stakeholders. Paradigm Initiatives Nigeria, a social enterprise connecting poor youth to opportunities using information and communication technologies, is successfully combining these two aspects in its approach to fighting poverty in Lagos. See more.

جمعية نهوض وتنمية المرأة تبذل الجهود لتحقيق أهداف التنمية المستدامة في القاهرة

Cairo, 15 September 2015 — الأهداف الإنمائية للألفية والتي تلتها الأهداف الإنمائية المستدامة (SDGs) في إطار جدول أعمال التنمية لما بعد عام 2015 تهدف جميعها إلى الحفاظ على كرامة الإنسان وتحقيق التحسينات الاجتماعية والاقتصادية اللازمة في المجتمع. ومن هذا المنطلق فإن جمعية نهوض وتنمية المرأة (ADEW) تأسست كمنظمة مقرها القاهرة حيث تضع هذه الأهداف في اعتبارها عندما تقوم بتدشين برامجها ومشاريع التنمية الاجتماعية لديها اقرأ المزيد عن ذلك

Sembrando vínculos, cosechando paz

Mexico D.F., 14 setiembre 2015 — Ante el conflicto y la fragilidad de sociedades violentas, en la Ciudad de México surge un proyecto que apuesta a reducir la incidencia de la violencia social a través de la primeria infancia. Leer más.

Can Mumbai's waste pickers help India meet the SDGs?

Mumbai, 11 September 2015 — The UN's Sustainable Development Goals have big ambitions for poverty reduction and urban improvements across the developing world. In India, one area where the two converge is with waste management, since much of the refuse collection in cities is done by waste pickers, most of whom are women. A Mumbai-based social enterprise has launched an initiative to localize waste management and incorporate waste pickers into the system, thereby improving working conditions for the women and thinking more sustainably about waste management in the city. See more.

She Builds. She Serves. She Leads.

Nairobi, 10 September 2015 — AkiraChix, a Kenyan non-profit founded in 2010 as a tech girl meet-up, has been working to inspire and cultivate a successful force of women in technology equipped to tackle urban poverty and sustainable development across Africa. See more.

"Hành trình Sữa mẹ": Câu chuyện về Người cha đơn thân nỗ lực đạt đến Mục tiêu Phát triển Bền vững Toàn cầu

Ho Chi Minh City, 9 Tháng Chín 2015 — Mất đi người vợ chỉ 10 ngày sau khi đứa con đầu tiên chào đời, anh Trình Tuấn - một kỹ sư công nghệ và giờ đây vừa trở thành một người cha đơn thân - quyết tâm tìm cách để con mình được bú sữa mẹ, bất kể áp lực dùng sữa bột từ gia đình và bà con. Sau nhiều tháng gõ cửa từng nhà xin cho con bú thép, người cha đơn thân quyết tâm thành lập Ngân hàng Sữa mẹ đầu tiên tại Việt Nam, và đồng thời phát động một hành trình đặc biệt, cố gắng truyền tải đến các bà mẹ trên khắp Việt Nam về tầm quan trọng to lớn của sữa mẹ thông qua trải nghiệm của một người đàn ông. Xem thêm.

Yoga para el desarrollo

Caracas, 8 setiembre 2015 — Acciones locales, soluciones globales. La modificación del comportamiento empieza con el cambio individual. La violencia y pobreza como asuntos prioritarios a nivel local y global. Esto, de hecho está sucediendo en Caracas, Venezuela. A través de la introducción del yoga a las comunidades, la manera en que las personas se conciben como miembros de la comunidad, está cambiando. Leer más.

Membawa isu lokal menjadi Agenda Global Paska-2015

Jakarta, 7 September 2015 — Indonesia berperan aktif dalam penyusunan agenda pembangunan Paska-2015. Tidak banyak organisasi yang berperan mempengaruhi kebijakan pemerintah dalam penentuan prioritas pembangunan dalam agenda Paska-2015. Namun Kemitraan, organisasi masyarakat sipil di bidang tata kelola pemerintahan yang baik berusaha menggali aspirasi lokal untuk dimasukkan dalam agenda pembangunan Paska-2015. Baca lebih lanjut.

Realizando os objetivos de desenvolvimento em Curitiba

Curitiba, 4 setembro 2015 — Enquanto a diplomacia internacional se prepara para assinar a Agenda de Desenvolvimento Pós-2015, um pacote universal de metas para erradicar a pobreza em todas as suas dimensões até 2030, duas instituições de Curitiba têm trabalhado, há alguns anos, para garantir que esses objetivos de fato sejam cumpridos. Neste artigo, conheça, então, os projetos Nós Podemos Paraná e Instituto Legado. Leia mais.

Digital media initiative aims to improve women's health

Bangalore, 3 September 2015 — Women's health information in India, especially related to family planning and reproduction, is often unreliable, perpetuated by myths and even taboo. Bangalore-based mDhil has harnessed the power of digital media to connect women with the information they need in creative ways, using videos and text messaging. The site has already received 40 million views – a testament to the vast need for appropriate health information as the world sets out to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. See more.

HERhealth: Health education for Dhaka's garment workers

Dhaka, 2 September 2015 — The ready-made garment industry in Bangladesh is the country's largest employer of women from low-income backgrounds. Unfortunately, the health and safety of these workers in the factories is often neglected. Not only do the existing staff lack sufficient qualifications and the ability to respond effectively to emergencies, the women are also not educated about their health and hygiene. HERproject addresses this deficit in Dhaka's garment factories. See more.

Los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio como fuente de legitimidad política

Bogotá, 1 septiembre 2015 — El irregular cumplimiento de los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio en el mundo se puede explicar en parte en base a las particularidades de los sistemas políticos. El sistema electoral local en Colombia resulta en que algunos alcaldes son elegidos con un porcentaje bajo de los votos. Esto les obliga a buscar legitimidad, y la validación internacional es una de sus principales fuentes. Así, tienen un fuerte incentivo para incluir los ODM en la formulación y ejecución de las políticas públicas. Leer más.

 


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Jorge Bela's picture

Hi Carlin,

I was very much impressed by the number of views that the digital content developed by mDihl has reached. Digital media has the power to subvert even the most established power relationships. We have already seen many examples of just that in the developed world, where entire economic sectors have been turned upside down. But acces to the digital world is still a big challenge in much of the new South. As I started reading your piece, that was the first issue that came to mi mind. I was therefore quite surprised whn I realized that the service has reached so many million users, presumably most of them women. This is a very promising example of how the digital world can empower collectives, liberating them form having to submit to traditional ways of doing things which are often more barriers than help.

Interne access is becomeing ubiquitious and affordable in Colombia too, with extremelly rapid growth rates. But, still, there is a long way to go, particularly in rural areas.

Carlin Carr's picture

Hi Jorge,

Well, I was a bit shocked by the numbers, too, but then again, when something is popular in India, the numbers can skyrocket quickly. Mobile phones are everywhere in urban areas. Nearly everyone of every socio-economic class—young or old—seems to have one these days. I find that there’s actually not as much of a desire to have a computer as there is to have a phone, which is used as a form of entertainment as well as a communications utility. It’s not surprising, then, that when there is a video that is filling a certain demand, that the numbers skyrocket (numbers can jump up quite quickly in India!). I think it’s an incredibly powerful resource to be able to share information that is otherwise difficult to discuss or disseminate. I hope Colombia is able to do the same soon!

jorgebela's picture

Hola Marcela,

una y otra vez Caracas aparece entre las ciudades más violentas del mundo. (http://www.seguridadjusticiaypaz.org.mx/biblioteca/prensa/summary/5-pren...) Sin embargo, este dato no nos debe distraer de la realidad: la violencia es un problema que afecta muy fuertemente a toda la región de Latinoamérica, desde México hasta Argentina. Centroamérica, Colombia, Venezuela y Brasil son los más gravemente afectados en estos momentos, pero no los únicos. Según la Naciones Unidas, un tercio de los homicidios violentos se producen en la región, que solo supone un 8% de la población global.

Las causas son muy complejas, aunque la desigualdad, la disponibilidad de armas, y el narcotráfico probablemente estén entre las mas destacadas a nivel regional. Pero precisamente debido a la complejidad de las causas, también se hace imprescindible encontrar soluciones innovadoras. La que tu destacas es un pequeño paso, pero me ha parecido sumamente interesante. Recuperar el sentimiento de comunidad, y generar la esperanza de que los problemas se pueden resolver son avances muy importantes en comunidades que han caído en la desesperanza y en la desconfianza de los otros.

Las cosas pueden mejorar, como demostró Medellín, ciudad que está a punto de salir de la lista de las 50 ciudades más peligrosas del mundo. ¿Por qué no empezar con pequeñas iniciativas como esta?

María Fernanda Carvallo's picture

Marcela, muy interesante el artículo sobre Caracas. Coincido que para trabajar en la prevención de la violencia social es necesario trabajar con la persona, su "Ser" y su entorno. Sería interesante conocer si en los años en que la organización estuvo inmersa en el barrio, se identificó si las causas de violencia se originaban en problemas intrapersonales. Por su lado, hay alguna evaluación que mida si el impacto de la yoga ha reducido la violencia social del barrio?

Carlin Carr's picture

Hi Sumaiya,

This health program for Dhaka's garment workers is really interesting. I like the idea of it--using the workplace as a means to educate and empower women about their health, which, as you say, has ripple effects that spread to the family as well. The last paragraph intrigued me--the part about the dividends for the company. The women will be stronger workers and more reliable; fewer health issues means more work days. In fairness, I hope the company is also providing for sick days, so that if the women do need to take time off, they are compensated. This is often not the case. Similarly, if they need to visit a doctor, do they receive paid time off? Does this program provide in-house care? The awareness-raising and education program is interesting, though I wouldn't want it to miss out on the key steps of extending formal health benefits to factory workers. Thailand has made some interesting headway here that might be relevant. Thanks for sharing--interesting project!

Andréa Azambuja's picture

Hi Hilary,

AkiraChix is a really amazing initiative, especially considering that Technology is still a largely "male area", in which women in general are still very discriminated. Reading your article, I was wondering if the university-level program takes place inside one university with girls who are already students, if it takes girls from outside to the inside of some university or, yet, if it is an independent course recognized as higher education. If you have the opportunity, please let me know :)

Hi Sumaiya,
Nice article. Health awareness especially for women is part and parcel of the development process. I have a question on this project Herhealth, does the programme also supports the women financially or by in-kind commodities provision? You stated that the women are learning about maternal health, mensuration..etc, so does the programme provides them with Dignity Kit for instance or some food basics on daily base as bottle of milk for example?
Thank you

Olatawura Ladipo-Ajayi's picture

Hi Marcel, interesting approach to reducing violence. Often we say the problem is the people e.g when talking about corruption and violence, but very little of the solutions tend to focus on changing the perceptions and actions of people, quite possibly because it is a long-term result endeavor. It is interesting to see an intervention focused on the people and not on short-term impact, a project willing to invest in a project whose results are likely to emerge only on in the long run.I see they are measuring reach, but I wonder how they are or intend to measure impact.

Olatawura Ladipo-Ajayi's picture

An inclusive process in determining policies or development agenda items is always a good way to ensure adoption and sustainability. However, I was surprised that the top three issues mentioned did not touch on climate change and flooding issues in Jakarta, especially as one of the focus areas is in improving service provision at the local level. Widya, from my limited knowledge I understand flooding is a big issue in Indonesia and climate change and its accompanying effects is certainly a global present concern. So will this mean locally it is not considered a priority issue for post 2015 or that interventions and local capacity to handle it has improved?

Rulling party e.g.govtment & opposition party & their subsidiriy parties at the grass level if work together against corroption & violence then rules and regulation will must be better.It because they always handling the power of the state.

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