Promoting Equitable Economic Growth in Cities

In an increasingly urban world, cities have an important role in fostering equitable economic growth. It is widely known that improved access to public goods and services benefits the poor, drives economic growth and enables cities to benefit from economies of agglomeration and scale. For instance, access to social services, such as education and health care, is determinant of a healthy and productive labour force with skills and knowledge to drive the urban economy.
Recognising the roles of cities and the challenges they present in developing countries, the Cities Alliance, a global partnership for urban poverty reduction and hosted by the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS), and BIGD have embarked on the project titled “Promoting Equitable Economic Growth in Cities”. The goals of this project are (i) to promote equitable access to public goods and services in context of cities’ specific needs and (ii) support growth trajectories increasingly characterised by equity, inclusion and environmental sustainability.

To accomplish these goals, Cities Alliance and BIGD will work with local governments, city stakeholders and development partners will conduct research and advocacy to produce global knowledge, facilitate policy dialogues and support city-level diagnostics and policy recommendations to respond to the challenges of the inequitable economic growth in cities.

Under this project, Cities Alliance and BIGD will establish local partnerships in two selected cities, namely Narayanganj and Sylhet, to facilitate and inform a dialogue with local authorities and stakeholders on how to foster equitable economic growth in the city.