World Vision has officially joined the World Urban Campaign as a Lead Partner. The Campaign welcomes this new partner, which will contribute its insight and expertise in children’s issues and children’s rights to working with the Campaign to promote child-friendly cities.
World Vision is a relief, development, and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families, and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Like many other aid and development organisations, World Vision has traditionally worked primarily in rural areas. However, World Vision has made substantial investments in urban research and programme innovation in recent years.
A Centre of Expertise for Urban Programming has been established, which is now leading urban pilot projects and learning sites. These sites are testing innovative, locally driven, urban-poverty solutions such as securing urban land rights, influencing municipal policy implementation and creating livelihood opportunities – all with children and youth leading the change in their communities.
World Vision is now scaling up urban programming globally, with the aim of contributing to sustainable ‘cities for children’. Priority areas include urban health, resilience, prosperity, safety and city-wide community engagement.
World Vision will work with the Campaign to tailor different outreach campaigns and materials directed at improving urban spaces for children. It will lend another perspective to the Campaign and its partners by adding a focus on children, their needs, and their future in cities around the world.