ALINE RAHBANY (WORLD VISION INTERNATIONAL)

ALINE RAHBANY (WORLD VISION INTERNATIONAL)

Name : Aline Rahbany
Organization : World Vision International
PCG : CHILDREN AND YOUTH
 
Background :
I currently lead World Vision’s urban portfolio globally as Technical Director for Urban Programming. I have been with World Vision for the past 12 years mostly working in urban programming in different capacities and offices (Lebanon office, Middle East and Eastern Europe regional office and then globally for the past five years). My current role includes influencing World Vision’s global, regional and national strategies to ensure we are addressing the wellbeing of the most vulnerable children living in cities affected by poverty, fragility, violence and conflicts. My team also works directly with our various offices providing capacity building and technical support in urban programming across the development, humanitarian and peacebuilding nexus. We also have a role in knowledge management related to urban programs as well as external engagement and advocacy to influence global urban discourse, policies and agendas. World Vision has been participating as a lead partner in the World Urban Campaign since its inception and for many years in the role of co-chair for the children and youth constituency.    
 
Past role in constituency/WUC :
World Vision is a child focused international humanitarian, development and advocacy organization working in 90 countries globally. We are increasingly deepening our presence in fragile contexts (fragile states and countries with sub-national urban fragility) where the most vulnerable children are located. World Vision responds to the surviving, adapting/recovery and thriving needs of children through a transformative change approach working with all actors that directly and indirectly influence the children’s wellbeing. The organization has prioritized four aspirations for children wellbeing that guide all our programming, those are that children:
- Enjoy good health and are protected from disease
- Are educated for life and enabled to fulfil their potential
- Are cared for, protected and participating
- Experience the profound security of the love of God and others  
 
In 2008, World Vision launched an action research and learning initiative, recognising our organisational need to respond and adapt to growing urbanisation and its negative impacts on the most vulnerable, especially children. We investigated the relevance of our development models and frameworks and our ability to contribute to realisation of the Convention of the Rights of the Child in urban settings in six cities. Through this learning and research, we confirmed that children are the first casualties of urban poverty. Child vulnerability in urban contexts is concentrated in fragile pockets of the city, mainly in the periphery, in slums and informal settlements. Many children and families living in urban slums and low income neighbourhoods of developing, fragile and/or conflict-affected countries are far from realising their rights to adequate shelter and access to basic services, including quality education, health, and sanitation, or in taking part in the opportunities that urbanisation offers. World Vision found that a large number of children in fragile pockets of the city are not included in city planning and budgeting processes. These issues need to be tackled and addressed during the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and SDG 11.
 
Motivations :
The role of co-chair of the children and youth constituent group allows me mostly to progress World Vision’s agenda on external engagement and positioning to influence global networks, alliances and fora that focus on urban issues to ensure the needs, voice and rights of children and youth in cities are included. 
 
Vision :
I envision this constituent group to play a role in keeping children and youth as a priority in the urban agenda through representation of the WUC in key alliances and dialogues influencing the current and future livability in cities for the most marginalized groups.