Sustainable Cities

Stating the Problem

Latin America is the world’s most urbanized developing region and also its most unequal in terms of income distribution. As the number of new urban dwellers increases, they will be among the poorest people in the world as pressure and competition for infrastructure, services and employment become even more acute in the coming decades.


A growing body of experience indicates that the quality of urban life rests on increased citizen participation, which in turn is grounded in and motivated by a shared vision and sense of ownership for the urban areas which citizens inhabit. Many cities are making strides toward better quality of life through a collective effort across sectors and among citizens toward shared goals.

Common Goal

Demonstrate it is possible to transform 50 Latin American cities in a way which sustainably improves urban quality of life and ensures the right of all citizens to live in dignity.

Change Strategy

  • Locally mobilizing social, political and economic groups, strengthening social and political architectures and influencing public policies at the municipal level.
  • Linking national, regional and global movements across different geographical areas in order to promote shared dialogue, learning and monitoring tools.
  • Innovating in urban social movements, which involves the adoption of innovative and successful practices.

International Alliances


  • Distill methodology and develop indicators for urban quality of life that can be shared and compared across countries
  • Connect with and incorporate best practices from other regions
  • Expand to cities in Mexico, Nicaragua and Bolivia