São Bernardo do Campo's new information and mapping tool is a great example of adapting a pilot programme to to a different context. It also shows how relatively small investments can leverage significant learning, especially when it is shared between cities.
While Africa's cities have been changing, many planning schools have been slow to adjust to the new reality and rely heavily on traditional approaches that exclude informality. The Cities Alliance is supporting an initiative that seeks to make planning education more responsive to the urban transformation in Africa.
India, Brazil and South Africa are cooperating closely on human settlements issues to learn from each other and explore the potential of housing to be a driver of socio-economic development. The Cities Alliance and the World Bank Institute (WBI) have supported them since 2009.
Brazil’s Ministry of Cities has passed a landmark policy designed to safeguard the rights of residents who are involuntarily displaced from their homes or businesses. The policy was formulated with support from the World Bank and Cities Alliance as part of our ongoing partnership with the Ministry of Cities.
Developed by the Cities Alliance in 1999, the Cities Without Slums Action Plan drew global attention to the importance of slum upgrading when its targets were incorporated into the UN Millennium Development Goals (Target 11).
Partnerships Between Slum Dwellers and Local Governments
The Cities Alliance has helped international slum dweller federations operating in more than 30 countries in Africa and Asia to partner with local governments, often replacing antagonism with trust.
With support from the Cities Alliance and the World Bank, Mumbai has been undertaking a nearly ten-year initiative to transform itself into a world-class city with a high standard of living for all citizens.
One of the first cities to undertake a City Development Strategy (CDS) in the Middle East-North Africa Region, Tetouan inspired other municipalities to adopt a similar strategic urban planning process.