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Children and Local Governance in Urban Areas

Author(s): Sheridan Bartlett and David Satterthwaite

Language: English

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Children and young people make up 30–40% of most urban populations in the global South. Yet their needs and rights often have little impact on the policies, programmes and decisions that profoundly affect their lives. Local governments often pay little attention to children’s realities or account for their specific needs, even when they play a significant role in tackling urban poverty and exclusion.

The Research Series: Cities for Children and Youth is published by the Global Alliance – Cities 4 Children. This series includes publications reflecting on a range of issues faced by urban children and youth and will shed light on promising initiatives and practices for sustained change. The series aims to inspire action, add to knowledge, improve program/project design and advocate for children’s and young people’s rights in the urban agenda. It is aimed at practitioners, policy makers, government officials, researchers and advocates for better cities for children and youth and will include a range of publications:

  • Evidence to action briefs: These are short research summaries about different topics that are important to address when thinking about child rights and the well-being of children and young people in urban contexts.
  • Case studies of success from different urban contexts to inspire change and action
  • Country/city reports about the situation of children in urban areas
  • Practical tools to work with children and young people to encourage their participation, better understand their needs and support their contributions in the urban context.
  • If you would like to contribute to this series please contact us here.
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