Cities for All: Innovations for Greater Equitability


March 2016 — Cities are colorful, vibrant and diverse places, but they aren’t always built or developed to include all of its varied residents. Recently, there’s been a movement to make cities more accessible and livable to all. Given the diversity in urban areas, the idea of “cities for all” incorporates a variety of groups and needs: rich and poor; able-bodied and those with physical challenges; the young and old; and different castes and creeds. Developing the infrastructure and appropriate interventions to meet the needs of these diverse groups has the potential to reduce inequality and increase opportunities to those who are more marginalized.

 

 

Pengarusutamaan gender Melalui Sektor Ekonomi dan Infrastruktur

Surabaya, 28 March 2016 — Kelompok perempuan di Surabaya masih rentan terhadap perilaku diskriminasi sosial dan ekonomi. Program Pengarusutamaan gender yang diusung walikota Surabaya mencoba menjadi jembatan mengatasi gap antara perempuan dan laki-laki dalam berbagai sektor. Iniasiai Kota Peduli perempuan dan Perempuan Pahlawan Ekonomi diharapkan mampu mewujudkan kota inklusi yang aman bagi semua warganya. Baca lebih lanjut.

Manteniendo las tradiciones culturales de las comunidades afrodescendientes en Bogotá

Bogotá, 25 marzo 2016 — Las comunidades de desplazados afrodescendientes que se han establecido en Bogotá a menudo se enfrentan a los mismos problemas de los que intentaban escapar en sus regiones de origen: pobreza, violencia y discriminación racial. Mantener su tradiciones culturales, algo complicado en la inmensidad de la capital colombiana, es imprescindible para evitar la desintegración social y económica de estas comunidades. Leer más.

Inclusive urban governance in Chittagong

Chittagong, 24 March 2016 — The Bangladeshi government has launched a large-investment project that aims to improve public services by strengthening administrative capacity, city governments and urban infrastructure, leading to better urban areas and increased opportunities for all.See more.

Feminicidade: Quando mulheres tomam as ruas

São Paulo, 23 março 2016 — Ação simultânea em três cidades, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro e Brasília, estampa ruas com depoimentos de mulheres contando como é viver no quinto país onde mais se comete feminicídio do mundo. O Urb.im conversou com uma das organizadoras para aprender como esta discussão pode tomar espaços públicos, ampliando o debate. Leia mais.

Making Caracas disability-friendly

Caracas, 22 March, 2016 — About six percent of Caracas’ population lives with some kind of disability. Yet the city is challenging for those who are not fully able-bodied, especially when it comes to the state of sidewalks and roads. Caracas Accessible is trying to change that. See more.

Pelestarian budaya betawi Jakarta

Jakarta, 21 March 2016 — Etnis Betawi merupakan penghuni asli Kota Jakarta. Keberadaannya terancam hilang, begitu juga dengan kekayaan kebudayan Betawi kian tidak mendapat tempat di Jakarta yang modern. Terbitnya Perda mengenai Pelestarian Kebudayaan Betawi menjadi angin segar untuk menjaga dan menghidupkan kembali kebudayaan Betawi. Baca lebih lanjut.

Praça de Bolso do Ciclista

Curitiba, 18 Março 2016 — Ao transformar, colaborativamente, um espaço abandonado de uma zona degradada em área de convivência e efervescência cultural, cidadãos de Curitiba dão exemplo de que para construir cidades mais acessíveis e inclusivas é preciso botar a mão na massa. Leia mais.

Solid waste management key to livable cities for all

Nairobi, 17 March 2016 — Sanitation and waste management are becoming critical areas of concern within Nairobi's informal settlements. Because of this, poor people living in informal settlements bear a disproportionate burden of the services failure, negatively impacting their health, productivity and well-being. New solutions, however, are providing an opportunity for more livable cities for all. See more.

A holistic approach to empower Mumbai’s most isolated

Mumbai, 16 March 2016 — Skewed intra urban development leads to the creation of enclaves of urban poverty. Out of the 24 administrative wards, M-East is Mumbai’s poorest and lowest ranked on the human development index. Apnalaya has been working in the community for the last 43 years to empower the residents of this marginalized neighborhood to fight for better access to services and human rights. See more.

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Building the Public City: Public space and public engagement practices in Johannesburg’s inner city

Johannesburg, 14 March 2016 — As Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) infrastructure – the "Corridors of Freedom" – continues to be rolled out across Johannesburg, plans are underway for existing proximate social facilities to be supported by new developments to form neighbourhood "social clusters," which can potentially serve communities in ways that the BRT itself cannot. Critical, then, is the level of local engagement, inclusion, and ownership that these local developments build. See more.

Inti Raymi: fortalecimiento la identidad cultural de los pueblos indígenas en Cali

Cali, 11 marzo 2016 — La poblaciónindígena de Cali se enfrenta a la pobreza, la exclusión social y a la dilución de suherencia cultural, incluso de suslenguas. La celebración del festival anual Inti Raymi suponeunaoportunidadparafortalecer su identidad, obtener un mayor reconocimiento social en la ciudad, y de generaralgunosingresosmediante la venta de susartesanías. Leer más.

Mobile app Safetipin bets on big data to push for women’s safety

Delhi, 10 March 2016 — In Delhi, parents insist that their daughters return home before sunset. Fear of sexual abuse is very real in this city. In a 2010 survey by NGO Jagori, nearly two out of three women reported facing sexual harassment between 2-5 times in the past year; and three out of five women reported that they were sexually harassed not just after dark but in the daytime as well. Verbal, visual, and physical forms of abuse, including rape, are not uncommon in Delhi. See more.

"Mejoramiento sin barreras," un programa innovador para los discapacitados en situación de pobreza

Medellin, 9 marzo 2016 — El programa "Mejoramiento sin barreras" apunta a mejorar la calidad de vida de los discapacitados en situación de pobreza y de sus familias. Consiste en intervenciones en viviendas, para adaptarlas a las necesidades específicas de los beneficiarios.Este programa innovador fue destacado como unade las cinco mejores iniciativas del Premio Mundial del Hábitat 2015. Leer más.

Vivienda social mantiene tradiciones indígenas

Mexico D.F., 8 marzo 2016 — Indígenas migrantes que carecían de servicios y de empatía por sus tradiciones y cultura, obtienen vivienda social con infraestructura de "temazcal" para que promuevan sus tradiciones. Leer más.

Thay đổi từ nhà vệ sinh: Một bước tiến gần đến thành phố cho mọi người

Ho Chi Minh City, 7 tháng Ba 2016 — Bên cạnh những trở ngại tâm lý từ bản thân và định kiến từ xã hội, người khuyết tật (NKT) đa số đồn tình rằng khó khăn trong việc tiếp cận với các cơ sở hạ tầng công cộng là một trong những rào cản lớn nhất ngăn cản họ hoà nhập tốt với cộng đồng. Một cách sáng tạo, một trong số các tổ chức hoạt động vì NKT đã thấy giải pháp xoá bỏ rào cản này từ bên trong các nhà vệ sinh công cộng Xem thêm.

Bangladesh’s transgender community seeks integration

Dhaka, 4 March 2016 — Lighthouse aims to provide HIV prevention services and foster more openness in the community for a hidden and marginalized population of Dhaka city – men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people (hijra). Even though it is a challenge to track these groups because the stigma attached keeps them distant from the society, this initiative has managed to reach a great number of people and has great potential for further success. See more.

Inclusion of people with mental health disorders

Bangalore, 3 March 2016 — With a lack of knowledge of mental health disorders, the issues of identification and treatment of people affected are critical. APD India, a Bengaluru-based organization, is working towards integration and acceptance of people with these disabilities through their community health programs. See more.

Em vez de uma vaga de estacionamento, um ciclo orgânico

Rio de Janeiro, 2 marzo 2016 — Seguindo modelos de sucesso realizados em cidades como Boston, São Francisco, e São Paulo, programa de mobilidade urbana dos parklets chega agora ao Rio de Janeiro, incentivada por política pública e campanha de crowdfunding. Além de tornar a cidade mais agradável e acolhedora, a inciativa carioca tem outro objetivo: integrar pessoas de diferentes origens em torno da discussão sobre sustentabilidade. Leia mais.

How skills training can create better cities

Lagos, 1 March 2016 — The economic opportunities embedded in Lagos have continued to attract migrants from across the country, leading to unemployment and urban poverty. There have been various initiatives focused on skill acquisition and vocational training targeted at empowering various segments of the society. These programs have great potential in improving the situation for all citizens and reducing urban poverty. See more.

 

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Hi Akriti ,
Great initiative by YV. I would like to ask how the staff members are paid to have such great educational programmes? Do they volunteer on part time base or they are full time staff .. I believe it is hard to keep the sustainability of the project if there is no remuneration at all for the staff members and teachers..
However, it is a real great initiative.

Peter Adeyeye's picture

Dear Aditi,
Well written piece. Nice to see what APD is doing to ensure inclusion of these marginalized group. I am just wondering if the 50,000,000 figures of people with mental disability is not over bloated considering that the population of Karnataka was estimated at 64 million in 2014. Also, while many cases of mental health challenges can be a disability such as schizophrenia, other factors like depression and substance abuse can also be leading factors to mental health, I am assuming that the psycho-social support also targets these group. As cited the stigma attached to mental health disability inhibits many people from seeking appropriate medical help. Here in Lagos, the poor driving of some people along the high way it is difficult to tell if it is a case of mental health or 'survival' strategy but either way, it threatens human's lives. I am waiting for a time when a legislation that allows for mental screening test that will be conducted for drivers in the city on frequent basis will be passed. Thanks for sharing

widya anggraini's picture

Thank you everyone for the articles. They are all wonderful and i am honestly learn alot from the articles. I found it that some initiatives are very good but lack of political support or lack of capability from the implementer. I think we in development issue will understand that one single movement will not work without active collaboration from civil society, government and in some cases, private sectors.

I particularly interested in Maria Articles. It was very interesting to me as i could see the resemble in Jakarta. Can i ask further about what kind of work were these indigenous people usually do? and i hope you could provide me with some information if there is resistance during relocation process and what happen to their current job? are they happy with it? Thank you and great article Maria. Thank you.

María Fernanda Carvallo's picture

Hi Peter, I agree that the empowerment programs for developing skills is a main strategy in order to improve the city. By this programs, youth will acquire the neccesary skills demanded by the local economy and professional market in order to connect supply and demand. However is there an specific strategy that links the youth of this programs with specific employers?

Peter Adeyeye's picture

Dear María, thanks for your contribution. Just to stress that this programs are designed to empower these young people to start their businesses in a bid to empower them and generate further employment. The training are designed to give them that level of independence to start their personal enterprise, so what is more relevant to them is access to capital (seed funding and loans) as well as continuous mentorship and further training opportunities which an institute like Center for Entrepreneurial Develppment, Lagos is already doing.

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