The world is becoming more and more urban. By 2050, 70% of the world population will live in cities. This global trend concerns both the rise of megacities and the spread of small and medium-sized cities. 75% of the world population is living in urban settlements of fewer than 500.000 people. Cities are also growing younger, with an estimated 60% of urban populations under the age of 18 by 2030.
Access to quality services for all
Enabel supports cities to upgrade and maintain urban infrastructure for quality services (access to water and sanitation, roads, energy), including in informal settlements. In fragile settings, Enabel focuses on secondary cities, in consolidating their capacity building to plan for and respond to shocks and, to deliver scalable and dynamic basic services and opportunities.
Encouraging Integrated and participatory urban and territorial governance
Enabel supports cities in co-creating policies ,tools and projects for appropriate city planning and management and fostering open and transparent authorities. Urban authorities and civil organisations are encouraged to collaborate closely and to promote women’s leadership and participation in joint efforts to improve city life adopting a gender transformative approach to city planning.
Cities and territories as positive actors of climate change
Cities are main producers of GreenHouse Gases yet also main driver in the fight against climate change. Enabel supports access to clean technology and infrastructure and fosters supportive business and policy environment to advance the green and circular economy. By rethinking the ways we use energy, materials, products, and assets in cities, Enabel responds to urban resource challenges faced by climate change and high rate of urbanisation.
Socio economic integration for women and men, and in particular youth
Enabling young people and women to develop their talents and skills and promoting entrepreneurship will boost the urban economy. High-quality training accessible to all, and support systems are needed for getting people into jobs that are adapted to the needs of various categories of people and to the needs of the local market and urban issues. Taking into account ever-changing market needs, harnessing the potential of the urban economy and tapping into the opportunities offered by the digital and circular economy are key to foster innovative urban eco-systems.
Safe and cohesive cities
Enabel contributes in shaping cities’ ability to offer inclusive and safe environments to their citizens. Specific attention is devoted to young people, women and vulnerable groups. Urban violence and gender-based violence in particular is addressed in a comprehensive manner through enhancing access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, to gender-responsive infrastructure, and working closely with schools, the police and the judicial authorities.
More on urbanisation
The world is facing huge challenges in realising the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Enabel wants to contribute with its experience and expertise in five specific domains: Peace and Security, Climate Change and the Environment, Social and Economic Inequality, Urbanisation, and Human Mobility. In our search for adapted solutions we take into account the inevitable ongoing population explosion and we strongly believe in empowering women and youths.
This brochure describes how we address urbanisation in our projects.Download the brochure
News & Events
28 November 2023
The 2023 Awa Prize puts women’s entrepreneurship in Africa and the Middle East in the spotlight
Spotlight on the winners of the second edition of the Awa Prize, active in the green and circular economy.
02 December 2023
Invitation: High-level COP28 side event
Enabel is supporting the Government of Mozambique with the organisation of a high-level event on energy transition at COP28.
07 November 2023
Aim high, think big: A new breath for Musanze youth centre
In Rwanda, Musanze youth are bubbling with enthusiasm. After one year of renovation, the district’s youth centre has reopened its doors.
30 October 2023
The winners of the 2023 Awa Prize are known
The second edition of the Awa Prize ran this year under the theme “The green and circular economy.” After several selection stages, the 12 winners are now known.
05 October 2023
Creation of the ‘Coalition for sustainable development through culture and arts’
Enabel is one of the first co-signatories of this new partnership that seeks to maximise the positive impact of culture and arts towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
05 October 2023
Amplifying the voices of social innovators
Tackling global challenges through the prism of digital social innovation? That was the goal of the Wehubit Days.