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 next months, we will dedicate three Future Sessions to exploring the future of cities and the significance of urban trends for development and development cooperation. The world is increasingly becoming more urban, with Africa and Asia being the fastest urbanizing continents. Cities are growing in size, and by 2030, there will be 41 cities with more than 10 million inhabitants. During this Future Session Special, we explore the challenges, consequences and opportunities for you and your organisation. The sessions are high in energy and always involve an expert.
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 first interactive session on cities, 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. 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. 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.
Also, Anne-Marie Hitipeuw, working for The Hague on resilience, will elaborate shortly on the city which is part of the 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) network. 100RC defines urban resilience as “the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience”. Building urban resilience requires looking at a city holistically: understanding the systems that make up the city and the interdependencies and risks they may face. By strengthening the underlying fabric of a city and better understanding the potential shocks and stresses it may face, a city can improve its development trajectory and the well-being of its citizens. The 100RC network allows us to learn and cooperate with other cities on tackling our challenge.
Save the date for the two other Future Sessions on Urban Futures:
- Tuesday, September 24: How the Circular Economy Can Generate Opportunities for Developing Cities;
- Tuesday, October 29: Urban Resilience, with Cordaid and AMS Institute.