Issues in focus

Today, 54% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 66% by 2050. For many people, particularly women and youth, living in cities around the world, public services are either not available or are not up to standard.
The good news is that women and youth around the world are already coming together, calling on governments, businesses, leaders and individuals to act now for safe and inclusive cities.
These issues around rapid urbanisation will increasingly impact the global philanthropic landscape, shifting our traditional focus from the rural poor to urban inequality. This will require strong partnerships that leverage collaboration from different stakeholders to tackle issues widely faced and inspire new ideas for sustainable urban growth. The EFC’s Funders Forum for Sustainable Cities is a testament to this shifting paradigm. The session will explore these issues using an example from a funder partnership in the city of Recife, Brazil, sparking conversations on inclusive urban development in a European context.

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