Cities4Children Blog

This is our platform for sharing insights, ideas for actions, conversations and innovations that make cities better for children and young people.

Three examples of safe area-based facilities that improve the lives of urban children in disadvantaged settings

Children at a MAC engaged in arts and crafts activities
Informal SettlementsIdeas4Action

Cities4Children, June 13, 2023, 9 min

In dense, unplanned, and disadvantaged urban areas like slums and informal settlements, safe places and facilities where children can come together to learn, play, and access resources can be crucial for their health, development and wellbeing. In this blog, we share three types of facilities that deliver much-needed integrated services for children, young people and Read more →

Child-friendly street transformations improve neighbourhood quality of life

Road SafetyIdeas4Action

Anna Siprikova, May 16, 2023, 8 min

Children experience street infrastructure uniquely. However, how we design streets doesn’t always consider children’s needs. This blog spotlights two successful street interventions in Fortaleza, Brazil and Santiago, Chile, which made streets more safe, active and sociable, benefitting children and adults. The Global Designing Cities Initiative (GDCI) Streets for Kids team is a group of urban Read more →

Revisiting Streets for Life #Love30

Road SafetyIdeas4Action

Cities4Children, May 9, 2023, 5 min

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), road traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for children and young people aged 5 to 29 years. One of the most effective strategies to reduce road traffic crashes is to reduce speed limits to 30 km per hour or lower in areas where vulnerable road users Read more →

Child health on a warming planet

Child Health

Rob Hughes, Geoffrey Mboya and Elizabeth Kimani, May 2, 2023, 8 min

We have an understandable tendency to put things, people, and issues into boxes. One example of this has been how we’ve historically talked about environmental health separately from child health. For example, separating environmental health departments from those looking at maternal and child health (including at the World Health Organization, no less). But on a Read more →

3 ways to tackle waste in cities: Drawing inspiration from young African changemakers

Waste ManagementIdeas4Action

Cities4Children, February 28, 2023, 9 min

Waste is a growing global problem which affects the health and well-being of people and the planet. Urban children in low-and middle-income countries, particularly the poorest, are among the most vulnerable to the health and environmental risks caused by poor waste management in cities. In this blog, to inspire our readers to take action, we Read more →

Putting local communities at the center of public space making in informal settlements

Public SpacePublic Space for Children

Cities4Children, February 7, 2023, 7 min

The Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) collaborates with local community groups to transform underutilized risk-prone spaces in Kibera into a resilient and productive network of public spaces. This network of public spaces – comprising toilets, multipurpose halls, micro-enterprises, laundry facilities, play spaces, vegetable gardens, and schools – builds physical, social and economic resilience in informal communities Read more →

Ask an Expert: Cecilia Vaca Jones – “If you could see the city from 95cm – the height of a healthy three-year-old child – what would you change?”

Cecilia Vaca Jones Urban95 blog
Inclusive Urban PlanningAsk An Expert

Cecilia Vaca Jones, January 10, 2023, 10 min

In our latest Ask an Expert Series blog, we speak with Cecilia Vaca Jones. Cecilia has over 20 years of experience leading public and private-sector organisations to promote and enable child-responsive policies and programmes at national and global levels. In this interview, Cecilia shares her insights on leading the Bernard van Leer Foundation from 2019 Read more →

Pedestrian Space: How one person’s passion for walkable cities became a global conversation

Pedestrian Space: How one person’s passion for walkable cities became a global conversation
MobilityConversations about Cities

Annika Lundkvist , December 14, 2022, 7 min

Pedestrian Space is a media and advocacy platform that celebrates and promotes walkability in cities. In the last two years, Pedestrian Space has grown exponentially. We spoke with the founder Annika Lundkvist to find out more about her journey, why she feels pedestrian solutions are so critical, and how one person can generate content at Read more →

“The future I want for my child”: how climate action can transform children’s health in cities

ClimateIdeas4Action

Nzisa Kioko and Sarah Sharpe, November 10, 2022, 7 min

Parents in Nairobi tell their stories about how climate change and air pollution are affecting the health of their children – and share their vision for a healthier, cleaner future. Children are particularly vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change, including the effects of heat and air pollution. African cities, including Nairobi, are facing Read more →

Putting children and families at the heart of cycling programmes in Latin American cities

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Climate

Lucas Snaije, November 8, 2022, 7 min

Cycling supports climate-friendly cities and the well-being of children and families in many ways, from improving air quality and health to increasing road safety. In the run-up to COP27, Lucas Snaije of BYCS, an Amsterdam-based global NGO supporting community-led urban change through cycling, discusses how programmes to support uptake in Latin America offer strong evidence Read more →

Ask an Expert Omnia El Omrani – “We want to amplify youth-led climate solutions so youth can attract strategic partners to scale up their work.”

Ask an expert Omnia youth cop27 climate change
ClimateAsk An Expert

Cities4Children, November 3, 2022, 8 min

In the lead up to this year’s 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference in Egypt, we spoke with Omnia El Omrani, the official Youth Envoy for COP27. Youth across the world play a tremendous role in energising and elevating the climate movement. Here, Omnia explains her role as Youth Envoy and how children and youth Read more →