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Reclaiming spaces for public leisure and community participation

Lagos, 9 August 2016 — Rapid population growth in Lagos continues to exert pressure on available resources, including public infrastructure and spaces. In 2008, the city’s administrator commenced a beautification program by reclaiming spaces and converting them into parks and gardens. This has not only added to the aesthetics of the city but is also fostering community participation and promoting a greener and cleaner environment. See more.

Can art help heal the lingering effects of apartheid planning?

Johannesburg, 8 August 2016 — Subjected to the constraints of apartheid planning and legislation during the height of the former regime, the suburb of Westbury in Johannesburg still experiences the resultant hardships of this spatial legacy. Artist and architect Lorenzo Nassimbeni was commissioned to create a public mural to adorn the walls and amphitheater of a major public space investment into the area and showed how art can be a medium for social change.
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Accra’s marginalized integrate their community through art

Accra, 5 August 2016 — A low-income, Muslim neighbourhood in Accra has faced stigmatization that has even prevented community members from getting jobs. An organization, Nima Muhinmanchi Art, has been using art – painting, photography, and writing – to create a more cohesive and understanding community. See more.

Drama to Empower: Can theater reduce likelihood of prostitution?

Mumbai, 4 August 2016 — Mumbai’s Kamathipura is one of Asia’s oldest and largest red light districts. Exploitation is rampant, resulting in many girls being coerced into second-generation prostitution. The Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC) collaborates with the Theatre Act to conduct weekly theater workshops for young girls living in Kamathipura to help them develop a skill-set that won’t force them to follow in their mother’s footsteps. See more.


Mexico D.F., 3 augosto 2016 — La marginación y bajo desempeño escolar se combaten con un programa nutricional y artístico en escuelas públicas de la Ciudad de México. Leer más.

Creatively reimagining space under flyovers

Bangalore, 2 August 2016 — With few public spaces left in the city, is it time to reimagine the space under flyovers as the new public space? Addressing issues of sanitation and hygiene, citizens and civil society have come together to reclaim this unmanaged space in Bengaluru city. See more.

MULI: llevando el arte y los museos a la gente

Cali, 1 agosto 2016 — MULI fue creado hace cuatro años con la idea de acercar a los artistas colombianos con su público. Acciones educativas, performances y arte público han demostrado desde entonces la capacidad del arte de impactar en las comunidades. En septiembre comienza su tercera bienal dedicada al arte público y muralismo. Leer más.

Recognizing Informal Trade in City Development Plans

Nairobi, 28 July 2016 — An analysis of the Kenya Integrated Household Budget Survey of 2004/6 shows that 61% of urban workers in Kenya are informal traders against only 34% formal traders. These include both men and women involved in small/unregistered trade activities such as domestic workers, street vendors, hawkers among others. These informal businesses offer support not only to the larger city economy but also local market level that is affordable to low-income households/slum families. See more.

Uma Mão Santa para os trabalhadores informais do Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, 27 julio 2016 — Negócio social iniciado na faculdade tem chamado atenção no Rio de Janeiro por tratar com sucesso duas lacunas da cidade: a oferta de serviços de reparo e manutenção de qualidade e a capacitação e formalização dos trabalhadores informais que geralmente oferecem estes serviços. Tudo isso utilizando tecnologias simples, empoderando mulheres e focando no desenvolvimento local dos bairros.Leia mais.

Haciendo formal la informalidad comercial

Mexico D.F., 26 julio 2016 — En la Ciudad de México más de un millón de personas desempeñan una actividad comercial informal, es decir fuera del régimen de tributación fiscal y de protección social. La Presidencia de la República lanzó un programa para que las personas inscriban la actividad comercial en la formalidad gozando de derechos sociales. Leer más.