World Urban Forum 2014: Urban Equity in Development – Cities for Life, April 5-11, Medellin, Colombia | World Bank Institute (WBI)

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Cities are increasingly becoming recognized as the locus of economic and social development. The world has reached a tipping point, where half of the world’s population is already living in cities, while more than 1 billion people are living in slums. With rapid urbanization, more than 2 billion people will move to cities in the developing world.

The World Bank Institute Urban Practice’s knowledge exchange and learning program equips city leaders, municipal staff, and other practitioners with innovative strategies and tools to realize the potential benefits of urbanization. We support national and local governments and our staff in the following areas:

  • Core elements of city management, including resource mobilization and financial management, integrating land use and transport, geo tools for growth and systems for accountability, transparency and public participation.
  • Sustainable access to safe water, waste management, affordable shelter and services, and creating acceptable living conditions, particularly in informal settlements.
  • Proactive risk management to design policies to enhance resilience to disasters and climate adaptation, and community-based approaches for preventing urban crime and violence.


At the World Urban Forum 2014, WBI’s Urban Practice will host a pre-session on Sunday, April 6 on Challenges and Opportunities in Capacity Development of Cities and Local Governments (jointly organized by the World Bank Institute, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, and UN-Habitat Capacity Development Unit).

On Tuesday, April 8, Abha Joshi-Ghani, Director of Knowledge Exchange and Learning, World Bank Institute, will explore the topic of Open Capacity Development and discuss new approaches to learning at the World Bank with the Open Learning Campus at a session scheduled from 12:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. in One UN Room.

There will be a launch event for two reports of interest to cities: Learning from Megadisasters and Toward Inclusive Cities on Tuesday, April 8 from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the WBG Booth #22.

Other sessions on urban learning during the week include:

Tuesday, April 8

  • Scaling up Slum Upgrading and Affordable Housing through National Policies and Programmatic Approaches, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Red Pavilion, Room 22.

Wednesday, April 9

  • Common Challenges, Shared Solutions: Experiences from Singapore and Other Cities, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Red Pavilion, Room 21.
  • City Leadership for Urban Safety (Roundtable), 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., City Changer Room
  • Slum Upgrading Using Land Readjustment in Latin America for ACP Countries, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Venue TBD.
  • Modeling of the Metropolis - The Strategic Metropolitan Plan of Rio de Janeiro, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Yellow Pavilion, Room 6.
  • ICT for Good Governance and Equity – Cities for Life, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Yellow Pavilion, Room 1

Thursday, April 10

  • Learning from Megadisasters. Lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake, and Transferability to Vulnerable Countries, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Red Pavilion, Room 22.
  • How to Assess Sustainability Benefits from Urban Green Growth Projects: A Training for City Practitioners, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Red Pavilion, Room 19.
  • Integrated Ecocity Planning for Sustainable Development: River Restoration and Climate Change on Green Growth, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Red Pavilion, Room 23.
  • South South Knowledge Transfer for Resilient Cities, 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., City Changer B.



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E-Learning Courses:

Sustainable Urban Land Use Planning: Self-paced | Facilitated 

Municipal Finance: Facilitated

Street Addressing: Self-paced | Facilitated  

Designing and Implementing Successful Water Supply and Sanitation Utility Reform: Self-paced | Facilitated 

Integrated Urban Transport Planning: Self-paced | Facilitated

Safe and Resilient Cities: Self-paced | Facilitated

Introduction to Disaster Risk Management: Self-paced | Facilitated

Urban Crime and Violence Prevention: Self-paced | Facilitated

Spanish by Tec de Monterrey: Facilitated

Upgrading Informal Settlements

Urban e-Learning Programs (WATCH)

Webinar Series:

Planning and Financing Metropolitan Governments: Webinar

Inclusive Cities: COP | Webinar

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