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ADB | Urban challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean

| Sectors: Resilient cities, urban innovation, climate change, environment, employment
| Granting entities: Asian Development Bank
| Deadline: 6 February
| Type of opportunity: Challenges
| Funding/benefits: 35,000 USD
| Applicants: Cities, Urban innovation laboratories, universities, innovation agencies, or civil society groups associated with one or more city governments
| Locations: Latin America and the Caribbean

Synopsis: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), through its Cities Laboratory, launched the challenge Cities for All, which seeks to identify urban challenges that accentuate inequality in Latin American and Caribbean cities. The initiative will support challenges that can be solved through experimentation processes, such as prototype schemes, pilots, iterative models of solutions, among others, to design innovative, replicable, and scalable solutions.

Cities from the IDB’s 26 borrowing member countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are eligible to participate, specifically, entities that promote urban innovation as part of or in partnership with city governments. Urban innovation laboratories, universities, innovation agencies, or civil society groups associated with one or more city governments are encouraged to apply.

The call focuses on identifying problems in the following areas:

  • Poor access to financing and quality housing solutions;
  • Inadequate access to basic services;
  • The socio-spatial disconnection of informal neighborhoods from formal ones;
  • Limited or no access to information and communication technologies;
  • Vulnerability and resilience to climate change and natural disasters; and
  • Limited formal employment opportunities

Link to application here.

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