Since April 2015 LIFTcities has provided its technical assistance to the creation of the Human Cities Coalition (HCC). It is an initiative from the Dutch private sector, with AkzoNobel and Arcadis playing an important role.
The Human Cities Coalition answers to the complex challenge of urbanization by bringing together civil society, private sector, public authorities, knowledge institutes and UN organizations in preparing the ground for inclusive urban development projects involving all stakeholders.
The Human Cities Coalition aims to stimulate a positive contribution to the post 2015 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 that explicitly concentrates on inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable urban development. HCC deploys a public-private partnership approach and encourages businesses to use their core expertise to accelerate sustainable, inclusive urban development. The Netherlands is internationally well known for action-oriented approaches and integrated design: high quality and functional outcome through the optimal integration of all stakeholders’ interests and techniques.
Twelve players from the Dutch private sector, semi-public sector, civil society and academia have committed themselves to contribute in-kind expertise (715 man-days) and cash (400,000 euro) as an investment for the success of the upcoming two pilots.
Also the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs sees HCC as a suitable instrument to achieve its ambitions for SDG-11 and has committed itself to be co-investor through financial support.
Example: Inclusive area development in Mumbai (India)
The prospected inclusive and integrated HCC approach can best be illustrated by the project that has been prepared in Mumbai’s K West ward, in the period June – October 2015. The needed flood protection investments in this area demanded the decent relocation of 5,000 slum dwellers households, something that would cost some 50 mln euro. This relocation is considered to be an integrated component of the ‘area business case’ and to be financed from the planned highly profitable activities in the same area, namely commercial housing and tourism development. The project design has been drawn up in a consultative process with involvement of Mumbai’s public administration, the slum dwellers federation, an Indian architecture enterprise and an Indian investor.