Future Session #4: Economic Perspectives on Urban Futures and Resilience

Exploring the challenges and opportunities related to the current growth of cities and their meaning for development cooperation

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! Unfortunately, due to the public transport strike on Tuesday, May 28th,  we chose to cancel this Future Session and postpone the session to Tuesday, August 27th. Please subscribe if you want to join this event!

In 2019, The Spindle and the Hague Humanity Hub collaborate in organising a series of (almost) monthly inspirational working sessions for our mutual communities! In the upcoming months, we will dedicate a number of the Future Sessions to exploring the future of cities and the significance of urban trends for development and development cooperation. The sessions are high in energy and always involve an expert. See what’s going on and get more grip on the implications and ideas that would work!

Future Session #4: Economic Perspectives on Urban Futures and Resilience
What does the rapid urbanisation worldwide mean for resilience, inclusion, employability, and eventually for the (future) work of NGOs in urban contexts? How can we face the underlying challenges, and how can the related opportunities be seized?

In this interactive session, Paula Nagler, economic researcher at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) based at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands, will discuss the topics of urban futures and resilience from an economic lens, including key aspects of labour markets and entrepreneurship.

More information on the rapid urbanisation worldwide
The world is increasingly becoming more urban. Africa and Asia are the fastest urbanizing continents, with Sub-Saharan Africa being the youngest region in the world by 2050. Cities are growing in size, and by 2030, there will be 41 cities with more than 10 million inhabitants. Behind the current rapid urbanisation lies a combination of pull and push factors, where employment perspectives play a central role.

A critical issue with these trends is the inability of cities to cope with this massive influx of people. In most cities of the Global South, there is a structural lack of jobs in the formal economy and wage employment is not easily accessible. Moreover, services and infrastructures in quickly growing urban areas are often already scarce by themselves.

Accordingly, most rural-urban migrants – and especially the youth – do and will end up in the informal sector in conditions of poor and vulnerable employment. What is more, unemployment brings along a number of other obstacles. Think of weak social and legal security, lack of access to housing as well as to other services and infrastructure. Two worrying consequences are the growth of inequalities and the increase in the level of informality in urban areas, both in terms of employment and of housing.

Practical details of this Future Session 
Location –  The Hague Humanity Hub (Fluwelen Burgwal 58 – The Hague)
Date – Tuesday, May 28
Time – 15.00 – 17.00 (+ drinks after!)

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