Cities4Children Blog

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

Child-safe homes: upgrading solutions that can save lives

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Housing

Olivia Nielsen, October 1, 2021, 8 min

Poor-quality housing can be a matter of life and death, especially for children. Governments often focus on building new homes rather than improving the quality of existing ones. Yet the COVID-19 pandemic and ‘shelter-in-place’ orders have highlighted the importance of doing so. Here, Olivia Nielsen explores the dangers of sub-standard homes for young children and Read more →

The ‘greenest’ children lack access to nature: how can cities do better?

Green Spaces

Anupama Nallari, September 17, 2021, 13 min

Despite being the ‘greenest’, children in slums and informal settlements have little access to the safe green spaces which are vital to their well-being, health and development. In this blog I ask, how can cities better connect these communities to national and city-level urban green investments and support grassroots greening initiatives? Why are children in Read more →

Space to play: how outside common spaces in informal settlements boost children’s development

Space to play: how outside common spaces in informal settlements boost children’s development
Informal SettlementsPublic Space for Children

Anupama Nallari, August 6, 2021, 13 min

We often look at what’s wrong in slums and informal settlements. Here, I draw attention instead to one of their assets: the common space outside people’s homes. I explore its importance for children’s play and development, while unpacking the fluidity and changing nature of these spaces. And as increasing competition for their use leaves less Read more →

Rewarding good governance for children in Brazilian cities

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Local Governance

Anupama Nallari, July 14, 2021, 11 min

Can competition between cities enable them to perform better? And if yes, for whom and in what ways? Several national and international city awards have mushroomed over the years. These recognise and reward good governance practices in cities around sustainability, mobility and transport, urban design and liveability. Few awards, however, have a specific focus on Read more →

Four innovative approaches to childcare in informal settlements

Four innovative approaches to childcare in informal settlements
Child Care

Anupama Nallari, May 28, 2021, 12 min

For millions of women and families living in poor urban areas, the lack of access to childcare services can be devastating. It can lead to lost incomes, higher caregiving burdens and psychological stress – and it affects the quality of care that children receive. Here, Anupama Nallari outlines why affordable, quality and proximate childcare services Read more →