An inclusive city, a city for all, is a city that provides the same human rights to its entire inhabitant and also accommodates the access to the rights for the vulnerable groups member. The term that we use for vulnerable groups is coming from World Bank: the elderly, the mentally and physically disabled, at-risk children and youth, ex-combatants, internally displaced people and returning refugees, HIV/ AIDS-affected individuals and households, religious and ethnic minorities and, in some societies, women.
Eviction has become one of the usual things to happen in the city. Informal settlements have always been the victims. Several solutions have been proposed by the government, from providing a rented apartment for the victim, to transmigration. Yet, none of the proposals provides holistic solution. Governments must avoid the tendencies to only see from the perspective of “house availability” and neglect the fact of the society psycho-social and even the city sociological construction.
Many young people are advocating for a “City for All,” “Right(s) to the City” or “People-Centred City” – But what does it mean? How would the ideal translate into reality in cities? To answer these questions, this session will explore the perspectives of the advocates of rights to the city, and then share real-life applied examples of participatory and / or inclusive approaches to city development. The session’s examples come from important aspects – or components – of life in the city, namely public space, mobility and services in the city. All youth have a big stake in having access to public space, mobility and key social services in the city.
Some speakers will therefore present perspectives and advocacy messages from the point of view of stakeholder groups, including children and youth, women, and differently abled persons. Other speakers will give case studies of good – and innovative – practices that help to make cities work for all. Public space is an important issue for youth all over the world, and especially for girls and women. In developing countries, unplanned rapid expansion of the city means that young people have very limited access to green space and free public space. Urban mobility (transportation) is the lifeblood of city; everyone – old, young, women, men, the poor – needs to be able to move around in the city to access employment, education, and services. Yet different people face obstacles in urban mobility, even as the government should provide public transport and more sustainable mobility options. People in the city also need equitable access to social services, social protection, etc.; it is particularly acute for urban poor and those living in informal areas.
Focus group discussion of this session may focus on analysis of key gaps, sharing good practices, and / or address other key follow-up questions.
Venue: University of 17 Agustus (UNTAG) & ADB Offices
Method: Focus group discussion