Peru and Ecuador transform their cities into public goods


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Fundación Avina and UN-Habitat continued working together on a regional alliance to transform public spaces into venues for social integration, economic inclusion, and cultural expression in Latin American cities.

In 2016, an increasing number of Latin American cities adopted an approach to the city as a public good and systematically implemented initiatives to empower citizens to participate in revitalizing public spaces. This helps resolve issues related to violence, crime, and unsanitary conditions, while reinforcing the social fabric and improving the quality of life of residents, especially in vulnerable neighborhoods.

For example, in the metropolitan area of Lima, Peru, over 15 urban interventions to improve public spaces in the districts of Rimac, Comas, Villa María del Triunfo, Barrios Altos, San Juan de Lurigancho, San Borja, and San Isidro benefited around 200,000 people. The improvements encourage a sense of integration, community, and well-being, in line with the recommendations of the New Urban Agenda.

These experiences have helped inform initiatives in other cities in the region, such as Quito, Ecuador, where efforts to reclaim and take ownership of public spaces – including facilitating public forums, bringing neighbors together, and implementing community urban agriculture projects — led to advances in community organizing and rebuilding the social fabric of the La Mariscal neighborhood of the city.

Principal Allies:

Ecuador: Neighborhood administrative commision of La Mariscal, Asociación Latinoamericana para el Desarrollo Alternativo (ALDEA), Colectivo Urbano Itinerante (CUI), residents of La Mariscal, Fundación Somos Ecuador

Peru: Lima Cómo Vamos, District governments in the province of Lima, UN-Habitat

Countries Impacted: Peru, Ecuador

See the full 2016 Annual Report here.

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