Building safer, more inclusive, and more resilient cities


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Cities are where most people live and most economic activity takes place. Cities bring opportunities, but not equally for all residents. A lack of access, rights, and opportunities for people within cities undermines the positive role cities can play.  

When people cannot find a decent and safe place to live, or are discriminated against because of their race, religion or where they live, or lack the skills, education and transportation needed to find a job to support themselves, something needs to change.

To make cities safer, more inclusive, and more resilient to a range of shocks and stresses, mayors, planners, and other city leaders should support integrated approaches promoting social, economic, and spatial inclusion. City leaders need to carry out this work in close partnership with the communities themselves.

From April 23–27, 2018, representatives from 16 cities in 13 countries visited Japan for a Technical Deep Dive on Safe, Inclusive, and Resilient Cities to learn from one another about improving urban safety, inclusion and resilience. In these videos, Jefferson Koije (Mayor of Monrovia, Liberia), Abdirahman Omar Osman (Mayor of Mogadishu, Somalia), Ellen Hamilton (World Bank Lead Urban Specialist), and Phil Karp (World Bank Lead Knowledge Management Officer) discuss how cities can address these crucial aspects of urban resilience. Watch to learn more.




Ellen Hamilton

Lead Urban Specialist for the Urban, Resilience and Land Global Practice – Europe and Central Asia Region

Philip E. Karp

Lead Knowledge Management Officer, Social, Urban, Rural, and Resilience Global Practice

Jian Vun
June 07, 2018

Thank you for sharing this video and brief interview with Mr. Jefferson Koije. The key message for me: community-driven urban planning processes can help to design safer, more inclusive, and more resilient cities. In addition to the considerations listed in the blog, I would also like to highlight the importance of addressing the specific needs of all genders (women and LGBTI), people with disabilities, elderly people, and children. Our cities have become exciting agglomerations of such diverse groups and we should plan and design our cities more appropriately for them. A useful starting point is to design consultation mechanisms to include focus group discussions / design workshops with specific groups that are particularly vulnerable in the select city.
Thanks again!

Ellen Hamilton
June 08, 2018

Dear Jian, thanks for your comment! Yes, absolutely.  A truly inclusive city would engage with all of the different vulnerable groups in different ways and make sure that what is done also respond to the needs of these groups.  I am reminded of the importance of sidewalk cuts, which are so critical for people who use wheelchairs, but which are much sought by many others including moms with children in strollers. 

August 08, 2018

Dear Ellen,
Right you are we need a consultation platform where residents can directly express their needs or comments on what we impose on them.
Do you know of such platform that is now functioning and been assessed?
I hope i could develop one in Egypt before I die :)
Your refrences are very much important.