Collaboration towards Inclusive Cities

Americas, Asia-Pacific, DIAUD Network, News, October 26 2017

On Wednesday, October 18th, the DIAUD Network hosted another successful meeting preparing members for the upcoming Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum on inclusive cities. The Network recently sent out a survey to all its members in order to gain a deeper understanding of the disability communities’ participation in the World Urban Forum (“WUF”) 9.

Upgrading in the Old City of YangzhouDuring this meeting, members proposed potential side events as well as ideas for collaboration during the WUF, to ensure visibility and inclusion of persons with disabilities.  They also suggested concepts for a letter to UN Habitat and the High-Level Political Forum that would encourage increased inclusion of Civil Society in their processes.

Alexandra Kurth, Senior Urban Specialist at Cities Alliance, joined this week’s network meeting to discuss the partnerships work in poverty reduction and sustainable urban development.  Cities Alliance was created in 1999 alongside the Millennium Development Goals, as a multi-trust fund membership organization under the UNOPS secretariat.  Today it is a dynamic global partnership with members from national governments, multilateral institutions, associations of local governments, international NGO’s, private sector and foundations, and academia.  Together they implement long-term global and country programs through their Catalytic Fund, communication and advocacy activities, and joint work programs.  Initiatives include:

  • Secondary Cities;
  • the Land, Services, and Citizenship Program;
  • Future Cities Africa; and
  • specific policy and city development programs.

Cities Alliance is also known for their Cities without Slums Action Plan, established in 1999 to improve the lives of 100 million slum dwellers by 2020.

Ms. Kurth has expertise in both rural and urban development programs and has worked at the local, regional and national level to strengthen the efficiency of public administrations based on lessons learnt at the urban level.  Her presentation offered many opportunities for DIAUD to collaborate with Cities Alliance, by engaging in or suggesting local projects focused on economic growth, gender, resilience, and migration.  Ms. Kurth specifically addressed their development ideas for older persons.  The DIAUD Network was thrilled to learn about new influential partners and initiatives in urban development.

The DIAUD Network is made possible by a collaboration between the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP)at American University in Washington, D.C., World Enabled, and the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES). DIAUD Network meetings are hosted on a virtual network by IDPP and recordings are available to registered network members. Receive updates from the DIAUD Network by join the mailing list, go to

Please note, starting November 29th at 8PM EST, the network will begin alternating meeting times from 8AM to 8PM to better accommodate all of our membership.

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