Future in Cities

The most important challenges and opportunities in urban development contexts



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In 2030 there will be 41 megacities in the world with more than 10 million inhabitants, 63 of them with 5 to 10 million, and already 558 cities with 1 to 5 million people! What will be the challenges and opportunities in these cities? What will climate change, rising coastal levels and rising temperature mean for these urban regions? How will many young migrants find work in a formal sector or create their own in informality? Pressure on resources like land and water, the shortfall in food and other basics, gentrification, rising spirits of dissatisfaction, disaster risks… how to cope with these challenges?

In 2030 there will be 41 megacities in the world with more than 10 million inhabitants, 63 of them with 5 to 10 million, and already 558 cities with 1 to 5 million people!

Future in Cities

Get a grip on urban challenges
With the contemporary challenges increasing, a coherent base of knowledge and strategic approach is needed. After understanding what the main challenges are, NGOs might consider various ways to promote resilience and inclusion in their urban projects. But where to start in this complex environment where a holistic approach might be the most efficient?

For The Spindle, the goal of this project is to stimulate NGOs to take on urban challenges and to offer organisations a better grip on this important but underestimated field of interest. It turns out that organisations often work in closed silos which often impedes the possibility of a holistic approach. Therefore, new ways of working together between the various parties involved are urgent.

The Spindle’s activities on the Future of Cities
We explored this topic in a series of sessions, webinars and events. By doing so, we aim to bring these important developments under the attention of development organisations. Each session, we make use of experts from knowledge institutes and from practitioners within our community. We already worked with NGOs like Cordaid and Habitat, knowledge institutes such as the Insitute of Housing Studies, AMS Institute and VGN International. Also, local and national governments, like the ministry of foreign affairs and the municipality of The Hague, social entrepreneurs, and students contributed to the content of the sessions. New approaches and trends are explored and possibilities over topics like empowerment, use of digital solutions and how to make sure that no-one is excluded are scouted.

Are you interested?
The activities on this project prepare NGOs to determine their points of focus and develop adequate strategies to approach this urban context. We’re always curious about what organisations already do, how we can learn from each other and what starting points we have for further action. Keep an eye on our agenda or let us know what you are up to considering the Future of Cities.

Check this page for an overview of our activities and to find resources that might come in handy!

Team members

Annewies Kuipers
Annewies Kuipers

annewies@partos.nl
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