Urban Poverty

Working Group Urban Poverty

​​Today, approximately 25 % of the world’s poor live in urban areas. This part will increase to 50 % by 2040. In view of such trends, SDC’s South Cooperation (SC) launched a reflection on the consequences for SC’s strategic positioning: Should SDC (SC) engage in a more substantive way in urban settings and if so, how?

The aim of this reflection process is to produce an issue paper with recommendations on SDC's / SC's positioning in urban contexts by October 2016. The issue paper shall contribute to the elaboration of further strategic documents of SC / SDC. A core troup of ten members with representation from the different SDC domains and a broader reflection group is involved in this work. On the basis of the issue paper, SC management decides on the next steps to be taken.

As a basis for the issue paper, IDS’s research cluster “cities” produced two briefs on a) facts on urban poverty and b) mapping of key development actors in urban contexts. Additionnally, an internal light-mapping of existing “urban” activities (SDC and SECO) was carried out. Results so far:


1/18/2017 2:20 PMLippuner Martin EDA LIM
IDS SDC Urban Assistance Brief final with logos.pdf
10/10/2016 9:06 AMLippuner Martin EDA LIM
IDS SDC Urban Assistance Brief final.pdf
9/19/2016 3:42 PMCesar Robles
IDS SDC Urban Poverty Brief final with logos.pdf
10/10/2016 9:06 AMLippuner Martin EDA LIM
IDS SDC Urban Poverty Brief final.pdf
9/19/2016 3:14 PMCesar Robles
Preliminary results of lightmapping of urban SDC SECO activities.pdf
9/19/2016 3:38 PMCesar Robles
Selection of referenced documents.pdf
9/19/2016 3:18 PMCesar Robles


Working Group Leader


Martin Lippuner, martin.lippuner@eda.admin.ch

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Urban poverty: what consequences for SDC’s South Cooperation?