The challenge of creating inclusive cities
Cities across the globe are becoming increasingly unequal, and the gap is
widening between the rich and the poor in terms of incomes, and access to services, opportunities, and State institutions. As economic growth does not always translate to the common good, a critical policy objective for a country aiming to be inclusive must be to make societies cohesive. Such inclusiveness is about building a collective stake in the city's planning, resources, and sustainability. After all, people who participate make powerful change agents; they think, interpret, and choose appropriately. The act of participation builds shared values and a common purpose.
This paper aims to address the challenges in building inclusiveness, in the context of the low-income communities who have been part of development projects organised by the NGO, CURE (Center for Urban and Regional Excellence).