In a world that is for the first time predominantly urban and rapidly becoming more so, the challenges and opportunities experienced in cities around the world are unprecedented. Massive urbanization brings enormous challenges to governments and the market alike. The ranks of urban poor have swelled, generating acute demand for accessible and affordable goods, infrastructure, and services. The inadequate capacities of governments to respond to this trend have created opportunities for the private sector to provide essential services, typically under the purview of the public sector.
How can we develop and plan cities so that they respond to the unique needs of the urban poor while ensuring that opportunities are open to people of all socioeconomic strata? What is the state of urban experience, particularly for the poor?
In what ways are urban trends across emerging and frontier countries shared with developed nations? How can we use new technologies and tools to create innovative urban practices?
Structured in these large contexts, The Fletcher School at Tufts University and The MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth hosted The Inclusive City Forum, May 1 and 2, 2014.
This Forum welcomed public and private practitioners, investors, academics, and students, along with regulators from 14 countries to debate these core questions and explore real solutions.
Stay tuned for more information on the insights gleaned from these two exciting days of conversations, presentations and brainstorming sessions!