The Spindle is partnering with The International Civil Society Centre’s Scanning the Horizon futures initiative to present a mini-webinar series for the international civil society community on ‘Urban Futures and Resilience’. On June, 3rd the second webinar will take place on this topic.
Rapid urbanisation is one of the major global trends which will undoubtedly continue to have a major impact on the future work of international civil society organisations (ICSOs). Yet as noted in the Centre’s Exploring the Future 2016 report, most ICSO projects and initiatives currently focus on the rural rather than urban context. This continues to be the case, including in livelihoods and resilience programming. The Spindle has also been convening ICSO and academic partners in its community to explore the challenges and opportunities of the rapid growth in African cities.
To broaden opportunities for sector learning and sharing on this critical trend, we have each invited a thought leader from our respective networks to present their key insights at this joint webinar.
Peter Gijs van Enk is Cordaid’s Expert on Urban Resilience. In this capacity, he supports Cordaid’s projects to strengthen urban resilience, especially for the urban poor. He is committed to shaping solutions for the consequences of climate change, natural and man-made hazards that inhabitants of cities and surrounding regions are increasingly facing.
Peter will be zooming in on Cordaid’s urban resilience approach and examples which illustrate how Cordaid works with urban communities in Asia and Africa in becoming more resilient to disaster risks and challenges faced in these projects.
Aline Rahbany is World Vision’s Urban Programming Advisor. She supports programs in strategy and capabilities development for development and humanitarian responses in cities and other urban areas across multiple countries, including the Middle East, Asia and Central America.
She will talk about World Vision’s global strategy in relation to urbanization, especially in fragile contexts where they are expanding their work, as well as their urban programming approach which includes a focus on urban resilience and urban prosperity (resilient and prosperous cities for children).
This webinar is taking place at:
- 09:00 EDT (New York, Washington DC)
- 15:00 CEST (Paris, Berlin)
- 14:00 BST (London Dublin)