Cities for Children and Youth – A Platform

We aim to support and inspire people, governments, policy makers, organizations and networks to play their part in creating change towards a better urban future.

To work towards better cities for children and youth, especially the most marginalized.

To achieve impact in the complex urban context, organisations must collaborate. Our approach is centered upon fostering collaborative and collective efforts to achieve the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and ensure that all children and youth in cities, survive, learn and are protected.

Our Cities for Children and Youth platform builds partnerships, supports advocacy and communications, and implements projects for the most marginalized children in cities.

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34% of cities worldwide do not engage civil society in any consultations when developing their urban agendas and city planning,

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Children's needs should be at the center of the urban planning process of cities. Cities that work for children work for everyone.

Our Program Approach & Methods

The urban context is complex and must be addressed through a collective and collaborative approach between all stakeholders. No single organization can achieve impact on its own in reducing inequality and poverty in cities.

The cities for children and youth platform has three main pillars:

Partnerships for impact

Partnerships to coordinate and build on different organization’s strengths are key to achieving impact in urban contexts where there are many actors, often with overlapping responsibilities and structures.

We build partnerships on the global and on the city and municipality level. On the global level we have co-founded and coordinate a multi-stakeholder network with different partners working towards better urban areas for children and youth. This network’s members include NGOs, UN agencies, academic institutions, the private sector, city networks, technical experts and other stakeholders. This network facilitates cross organizational learning, joint advocacy, joint projects and knowledge.

Advocacy and communications

Advocacy and communications efforts aim to amplify the voices of children and youth living in cities, this raises awareness and develops an understanding on issues faced by children and youth.

Projects for the most marginalized children in cities

Projects for most marginalized children and youth living in cities are implemented in collaboration with local partners, take the views and concerns of children seriously and are based on best practices.

Global organizations working in urban areas acknowledge that collaboration would greatly increase the impact of our work, and that more collaboration is needed.

Sarah Sabry Head DRRR & Urban Save the Children Switzerland

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