Today, approximately 25 % of the world’s poor live in urban areas. This part is expected to increase to 50 % by 2040. In view of such trends, SDC’s South Cooperation (SC) initiated a reflection process in 2016 on the future positioning of SDC in urban contexts: Should SDC engage in a more substantive way in urban settings and if so, how? This process resulted in an Issue Paper which was presented to the SDC Board of Directors in June 2017. The paper shall inform ongoing strategic reflections, such as the SDC Reflection on Future Prospects.
In 2017, a learning journey on urban-rural dynamics started and builds on work initiated in 2016. A core working group of ten members representing different SDC domains and a broader reflection group is involved in this learning journey. A focus of the first year of the learning journey is put on five case studies in Bangladesh, Bolivia, Ethiopia, Haiti and the Mekong region. These case studies shall provide inputs and reflections for the elaboration of new cooperation strategies and for a possible adaptation of project portfolios. At the same time, they shall contribute to an "urban" learning process at SDC and serve to verify the recommendations made by the Issue Paper.
Results so far:
Final version of 24 July 2017SDC’s future engagement in urban contexts
With key facts about incidence and characteristics of urban (and rural) poverty, main opportunities, challenges, possible approaches to best tackle the challenges
With position of several key development partners in terms of their activities and approaches in urban settings
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