• Can urban public spaces foster equality in cities?

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    In the lead up to the International Women’s Day, let’s look into this question and much more.

    Gender equality

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    How may girls and women feel free to move in streets and spend time in squares and parks without feeling discomfort or fear? How does city planning have an impact on gender equality and social inclusion? Ileana Toscano, URBACT III Expert, takes a deeper look into gender equality in cities and how the programme is contributing to a just transition.



    Drawing inspiration from the Gender Equal Cities report and the activities done under the URBACT Knowledge Hub umbrella, both the Erasmus plus project “PART-Y - Participation and Youth: Lab for Equal Cities” and the URBACT Playful Paradigm Second Wave Transfer Network reflected on the gender sensitive approach to design and use urban public spaces.


    On one hand, PART-Y focused on public spaces as experimental places of democracy by introducing the methodologies of Placemaking, Design Thinking and the Gender Equal Cities approach to foster the “generation equality” goal promoted by UN Women. On the other hand, the Playful Paradigm Second Wave, building on the successful experience from the first round of Playful Paradigm, focused on play as a tool to re-think cities. It took “play” beyond playgrounds to give children, girls and boys and all citizens the "right to play" and drive change for more inclusive and liveable cities.


    PART-Y developed a series of products to call young people to action for equality in public spaces by testing placemaking experiences: a Handbook and a Toolbox “to build gender sensitive placemaking projects”. These provide a practical guide to transform urban public spaces into beautiful and comfortable places to live. It consists of a new methodology that enriches placemaking techniques, linked to the creation of community-led urban places, with elements taken from design thinking –  an approach to produce analytical and creative solutions to solve complex problems mainly used for the development of innovative products. Adding to this mixed methodology the gender equal perspective, it was built a new effective tool that guarantees equal access and use of the city in particular for girls and boys.

    Kids playing (Cork City Council)
    Kids playing (Cork City Council)


    Led by the Italian association Kallipolis and co-implemented by a consortium of seven entities from different European countries, including local authorities and associations as the Municipality of Trieste (IT), an URBACT II beneficiary; the Cork City Council (IE), an active partner from Playful Paradigm 1, which had the great opportunity of later on sharing its successful experience with other Irish cities; and Umeå Kommun (SE), URBACT’s lighthouse city when it comes to gender, the city was awarded an URBACT Good Practice Label in 2017, then it proceed to lead the Genderedlandscape Action Planning Network (2019 – 2022) and was at the heart of the very first Gender Equal Cities report. All three cities are highly committed to placemaking actions for their citizens.



    Frizon park (credit: Fredrik Larsson)
    Frizon park (credit: Fredrik Larsson)


    The experience of Umeå brought a sound inspiration for the PART-Y Handbook and for the whole project development. Since the 80s, the city has had the overall goal to foster gender equality by creating the conditions for women and men, girls and boys, to have equal power to shape society and their own lives. The Genderedlandscape Network bears witness of the commitment of the municipality to this cause: this was the first European network focused on “gender and city”. Among others, Umeå has applied the gendered approach concept to the design of a new urban park called “FRIZON - Free zone”.


    The FRIZON was created by involving just girls in the co-design process, through the methodology of “inclusion (of girls) through exclusion (of boys)”, which offered the possibility for girls to share freely their wishes for this new space. One of the most important wishes expressed by girls was that they wanted a space free from expectations, where they could hang out with their friends and just be, without having to perform. A zone free from expectations, hence the name “free zone”. This particular experience was an inspiration also for the Playful Paradigm Transfer Network Second Wave, a spin off Network led by the Municipality of Udine (IT) that focused on gender sensitive approach for playgrounds and urban public spaces.




    Indeed, the redesign of play places like school yards, playgrounds and recreational spaces through a gender sensitive approach can provide an important contribution to deconstruct of gender stereotypes and the inequalities starting from early age. A motion graphic called “Gender sensitive playgrounds & Urban Places” was created to raise awareness about the importance of considering the needs of girls and boys when designing places for them.  While, both editions of the Playful Paradigm Networks draw attention of cities to “play, which is essential for children’s health, physical-and emotional growth, and intellectual and educational development.



    Through play, girls and boys learn about democracy, respect, and solidarity. Spaces for playing that reflect those values have a huge importance in education. Evidence has shown that there is a disproportion in the use of playgrounds and schoolyards: football pitches are often positioned in the central space hosting few athletic boys, while girls and un-sporty boys are pushed to the fringe. The redesign of play places should prioritise multiple play ‘worlds’ and gender-neutral colours, rather than a single central one, encouraging interaction between girls and boys and multiple uses of space. It should also foster creativity and engagement with nature, as well as sports and active games. This allows children to choose how to interact and play without the pressure to conform to stereotypes.


    The most recent experience from Playful Paradigm also had the opportunity to follow up on the importance of “gender planning and play” by meeting the Municipality of Barcelona (ES), in July 2022. Barcelona has developed an innovative City Play Strategy that also embraces gender approaches principles. The city shared an important lesson for the Playful Paradigm’s partners, dealing with the creation of local policies and city planning strategies able to embrace play, gender and the regeneration of urban public space to guarantee the right to the city to children and the most vulnerable ones.


    Inclusive playgrounds (IStock)
    Inclusive playground (IStock)



    So, back to the question: can urban public spaces foster equality in cities? We can answer YES, they can and they should. The way public spaces are designed and managed have a huge impact on spreading democracy and embodying the inclusion of diversities, as well as considering gender needs. The #UrbanGirlsMovement, promoted by the Swedish think tank Global Utmaning shared the motto “plan a city for girls, and it will work for everyone”.




    To position girls' needs at the top priority of the policy agenda, especially when focusing on low-income areas, can provide an important contribution to improve the living conditions not just for girls and women, but also for all vulnerable groups, all citizens. Guaranteeing free access to public spaces at different times of the day and night by making them beautiful and comfortable, makes everyone feels safer. Embedding the gender sensitive approach into urban planning activities can drive European cities towards inclusivity and respect for diversity, making these places where all can feel represented.




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    Gender is at the centre of URBACT IV activities. The current open call for Action Planning Networks is a unique opportunity to rethink how diversity, inclusion and equality can be an underlying response to wider urban issues. Check out all the gender-related proposals for networks at the Partner Search Tool and learn more about the call.







  • Localising the 2030 Agenda

    Localising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is an ever-evolving practice. Following the unanimously adoption of the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda, for the first time ever, sustainable cities and communities were singled out as distinct objectives in a multi-lateral agreement. An important milestone, acknowledging the central role of cities in the achievement of the SDGs. According to the OECD, it has been estimated that over 65% of the Sustainable Development Goals' targets need the active involvement of local and regional governments. Today, an increasing number of regions, cities and municipalities have started to use its 17 objectives and 169 indicators as a holistic framework to shape and improve their local strategies, translating these global goals into their local contexts.


    The lessons and tools to localise Sustainable Development Goals are drawn from the URBACT Global Goals for Cities pilot (2021 - 2022), the largest European network of cities to ever tackle the challenges from the Agenda 2030.


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    “The Sustainable Development Goals
    provide one of the best frameworks yet
    to achieve holistic and integrated
    sustainable urban development”.

    From the Global Goals for Cities joint statement
    that was signed by 19 cities.





    Using the global goals at local level involves designing actions that contribute to the individual objectives, while monitoring progress accordingly. Used as a policy-making tool, the SDGs can help cities to develop better and more coherent policies and plans for an integrated urban development. Very much in line with URBACT, the SDGs offer a common language for working across policy silos and with different local stakeholders, often strengthening the social dimension of sustainability work and gaining a strong momentum.

    Making the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality in EU cities

    The URBACT Knowledge Hub brings together the latest urban trends, so good practices are within everyone's reach. Back in 2015, the urban perspective was officially placed at the heart of the global 2030 Agenda, a major change in comparison to the original UN Millennium Development Goals (2000 - 2015). Throughout the last years, also known as the "decade of change", the importance of cities was acknowledged beyond the spectrum of a single goal and they have an important role to play in all objectives. URBACT supports cities by providing concrete tools and methodologies for localising the global goals within an integrated action-planing process.

    • Participatory governance
    • Social cohesion
    • Local economy
    • Climate action
    Transnational meeting from the Global Goals for Cities Network



    Process & Tools

    Planning integrated urban actions and localising Sustainable Development Goals go hand-in-hand. Combined with the URBACT Method, this equation has the potential to create long-term impact.



    About the 2030 Agenda

    Made by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations Agenda 2030 has corresponding targets and indicators which are directly or indirectly related to the daily work of local and regional governments and local stakeholders -- with a specific objective dedicated to urban matters, the SDG 11. The 2030 Agenda must not lose momentum at this crucial stage of implementatio, now is the time to speed up the delivery of all of these global goals. To be impactful, localisation needs to be anchored on the principles of integration, multi-stakeholder participation, inclusive partnership and multi-level governance and build on adequate data and financing resources at the local level, but not only.


    The achivements and findings from the Global Goals for Cities pilot network also relied on URBACT tools, external partnerships and methodological support from the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) -- more especifically the use of the Reference Framework for Sustainable Cities (RFSC) tool -- and the expertise from the Joint Research Centre's (JRC) on locqlising SDGs.

  • Online Webinar: Long Term Options for Housing Ukrainian Refugees across Europe

    Finding Ukrainian refugees a home in Europe - webinar

    Habitat for Humanity International, responding on the ground since day one, has commissioned in-depth research to look at the long-term housing solutions for refugees from Ukraine. The research conducted by the Metropolitan Research Institute provides an overview of the responses to the diverse housing needs of people fleeing the conflict that have been offered by civil society, private sector, local authorities, and humanitarian actors in five EU countries: Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Poland and Germany. By analysing the respective national housing systems and policy frameworks, as well as looking at best practices in other European countries, the research report clearly identifies the response gaps across the countries and puts forward national and EU level policy recommendations.


    On February 16, 3.00 - 4.00 PM (CET), join Habitat for Humanity International for the launch of the research report and a virtual discussion, ‘Finding Ukrainian Refugees a Home in Europe: What Long Term Options?’ presenting key findings of the study and recommendations for the future.


    Habitat for Humanity webinar - speakers




    According to data provided by host governments to the UN Refugee Agency, more than 7.9 million individuals fleeing Ukraine were recorded across Europe since February 24, 2022. While initially short-term housing solutions played a dominant role, a more systemic approach started to emerge over the course of the summer

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    • Social cohesion
    • Migrants
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  • Mobility

    The Walk'n'Roll lessons were drawn from the following Action Planning Networks (2019 - 2022):


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    The URBACT Knowledge Hub brings together good practices from across the EU, with the latest urban trends, to fill the gaps and make sure that the learning is within everyone's reach. Despite of their size and number of inhabitants, cities have often been designed to make room for cars. Three URBACT Networks have reflected on how we can shift the mobility paradigm in Europe to create more inclusive spaces. Together under the Walk'n'Roll initiative, 28 cities -- from towns to metropolises -- have explored common visions and practical interventions through different workshops, events and a series of guidance. Take a ride with us and discover why streets belong to people!

    • Climate action
    • Urban planning
    • Social cohesion
    • Public space
    Taking the necessary steps towards Walk'n'Roll

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    Is the compact city model endangered?

    The recent pandemic was an important episode in the history of urban development. Much can be learnt from the immediate reactions to the health crisis, especially in dense cities. There were many brilliant examples about innovative tactical interventions in public space, inclusive housing policies, new types of economic support and social protection mechanisms, from which we can take stock.

    Is the compact city model endangered? Article COVER

    URBACT Walk'n'Roll Guidebook

    Guidance for cities of all sizes


    URBACT Walk'n'Roll who is it for?

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    Intro and challenges
    Visions and interventions
    This booklet delves into the mobility challenges and the roots of the problems. To face adversities, readers are invited to consider new ways of thinking urban planning. The second booklet showcases principles and visions that can lead the way forward. Specific interventions are also described,so cities can adapt them to their needs. The final booklet looks at how cities can make change happen in the long run. It introduces methodological and policy recommendations, alongside interviews from the Action Planning Networks' cities.
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  • URBACT e la sperimentazione di nuove forme di finanza a impatto sociale: l’esperienza di SIBdev

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    I Social Impact Bond (SIB) si stanno diffondendo in tutto il mondo e hanno raccolto sempre più l'attenzione di governi e autorità pubbliche, investitori, terzo settore e ricercatori negli ultimi anni. Di cosa si tratta? L'esperienza del Network SibDev

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    I Social Impact Bond: di che cosa si tratta?

    I Social Impact Bond (SIB) si stanno diffondendo in tutto il mondo e hanno raccolto sempre più l'attenzione di governi e autorità pubbliche, investitori, terzo settore e ricercatori negli ultimi anni.
    Di cosa si tratta? In generale il Social Impact Bond è un meccanismo di finanziamento innovativo in cui i governi o i soggetti incaricati della gestione stipulano accordi con fornitori di servizi sociali, come imprese sociali o organizzazioni non profit, e con gli investitori per pagare la realizzazione di determinati progetti a beneficio sociale. L’innovazione generata da questo strumento risiede nel meccanismo di partnership tra il pubblico e il privato, concetto sul quale a seguito della crisi economica e sociale generata dal periodo pandemico non è mai stato così importante investire.

    SIBdev: il Network URBACT

    Riconoscendo il potenziale ruolo rivoluzionario dei SIB come motore di cambiamento sociale, il programma URBACT ha finanziato la rete “SIBdev - Social impact bond development for improved public service Delivery”. Il network ha promosso l’utilizzo dello strumento finanziario dei social impact bond per migliorare i servizi pubblici di interesse locale e quindi migliorare i risultati delle aree occupazione, educazione, salute e inclusione sociale.
    Spesso l'erogazione dei servizi è ostacolata dalla frammentazione e dalla segregazione delle agenzie erogatrici, dalla mancanza di tempestività finanziaria e politica, dall'avversione al rischio e dalla difficoltà di creare cambiamenti. Il Social Impact Bond, dal punto di vista di URBACT, è un modello ambizioso che permette di sormontare questi ostacoli, potenziando la collaborazione in rete locale, la prevenzione e l'innovazione.

    Il partenariato è composto dalle seguenti città europee: Herleen (NL), Coordinatore del progetto; Baia Mare (RO); Fundão (PT); Kecskemét (HU); Võru (EE); Asrhus (DK); Zaragoza (ES); Pordenone (IT).

    Le esperienze di Fundão e Aarhus

    Dall’approvazione nel 2019 fino a settembre 2022 che ha visto la conclusione del progetto, SIBdev ha portato le città partecipanti a dei risultati significativi in termini di impatto sociale urbano.
    Un esempio sicuramente da menzionare è quello di
    Fundão, una città portoghese di 26.000 abitanti soggetta negli ultimi decenni una grave perdita di popolazione e un alto tasso di disoccupazione, soprattutto tra i giovani. La strategia progettuale nell’ambito di SIBdev è stata mirata alla creazione di posti di lavoro e allo sviluppo di un ecosistema favorevole all'innovazione. Il Comune di Fundão ha creato un concept innovativo per investitori e dipendenti chiamati LivingLab, spazi che promuovono uno stile di vita locale unico identificando luoghi stimolanti e mettendoli a disposizione delle aziende.
    E’ un esempio di come una città ha fatto suo il progetto leggendo il proprio territorio, identificando le problematiche specifiche e sfruttando le potenzialità offerte da SIBdev.
    Un altro esempio degno di nota e che ben rappresenta un contesto completamente differente è il comune di Aarhus, in Danimarca. Ciò che collega le due città è il coinvolgimento di SIB nella politica sociale, che nel caso di Aarhus è stato realizzato nell'area dei giovani senzatetto. Le iniziative seguivano il concetto di “housing first”, una speciale logica di intervento che affronta contemporaneamente le problematiche di alloggio, salute mentale e lavoro.
    La peculiarità del SIB danese è da individuare nell'entità del coinvolgimento pubblico: le iniziative abitative sono state finanziate da due istituzioni pubbliche e da un fondo filantropico i quali sono stati rimborsati su un periodo di 5 anni, in base ai risultati ottenuti nella riduzione dei costi di alloggio e di disoccupazione.










    SIBdev in Italia: Il caso di Pordenone
    Tra le città partner del progetto, Pordenone ha sviluppato una serie di azioni in grado di rimettere lo strumento dei social impact bond al centro del dibattito tra esperti, accademici e amministratori locali.
    Grazie alla partecipazione a questo network, Pordenone sta sperimentando nuove misure di finanza ad impatto sociale per garantire e sviluppare servizi di welfare e contrastare la povertà urbana.
    Considerato il proprio tessuto socio-economico ma anche demografico, la città si è impegnata nella realizzazione di un progetto pilota di finanza ad alto impatto sociale nell'ambito dei servizi legati al social housing per anziani e all’inclusione dei medesimi nelle dinamiche sociali locali.

    PordenoneInfatti Pordenone presenta una percentuale di popolazione urbana anziana di circa il 24%, un numero consistente di persone che richiede servizi specifici e su misura e che è stata inoltre la fascia più colpita dagli anni di pandemia.
    Nel quadro del progetto, dopo un’attenta prima fase di analisi e individuazione dei bisogni, la città ha lavorato sotto la guida dell’Assessorato alle Politiche sociali con tutti i soggetti che sono stati coinvolti nel Gruppo locale Urbact (ULG), quali i partecipanti all'osservatorio anziani e le organizzazioni giovanili locali.
    Le modalità di inclusione degli anziani, beneficiari stessi dei progetti, all’interno del design e della realizzazione delle azioni co-disegnate sul territorio, rappresenta un grande esempio significativo di collaborazione tra diverse generazioni di residenti, per affrontare alcune delle sfide più urgenti del territorio.
    Nel quartiere di Vallenoncello, ad esempio, il Comune di Pordenone in collaborazione con la cooperativa Itaca ha creato una “casa delle attività”, uno spazio di quartiere in cui sono attivi laboratori di diverso genere: dalla fotografia all’uso di smartphone e social media per coinvolgere anziani e giovani sperimentando forme di cohousing tra diverse generazioni ed estrazioni sociali.
    Gli anziani dunque, come categoria che va protetta e tutelata anche nell'aspetto delle relazioni sociali e affettive, ritrova in questa maniera una propria dimensione in città, dando al contempo una possibilità lavorativa ai giovani inoccupati.

    Dagli esempi riportati, risulta evidente l’importanza del Social Impact Bond come motore di cambiamento, soprattutto se integrata in reti innovative come quelle che URBACT è capace di generare a diversi livelli. Il SIB rappresenta dunque una modalità alternativa di avere impatto sulla società rendendo partecipe anche il mondo della finanza privata, attraverso la quale è possibile garantire maggiori investimenti in progetti di questa natura pur mantenendo il ruolo di condivisione del rischio delle istituzioni pubbliche.
    Grazie ad URBACT con il progetto SIBdev e alle reti urbane europee attente al tema della finanza innovativa per migliorare i servizi di welfare nelle città, gli esempi come quello di Pordenone mettono in luce come sia possibile utilizzare questo strumento, accompagnato dalla propensione a lavorare in modo sperimentale e competitivo in città, per generale un cambiamento che non sia solo ideale e contestuale, ma concreto e  sistemico.

  • Thriving Streets


    Lead Partner : Parma - Italy
    • Antwerp - Belgium
    • Igoumenitsa - Greece
    • EDC Debrecen - Hungary
    • Klaipèda - Lithuania
    • Nova Gorica - Slovenia
    • Oradea - Romania
    • Radom - Poland
    • Santo Tirso - Portugal
    • London Borough of Southwark




    • October 1: Kick-Off Meeting Phase I, Parma



    • June 9-10: Kick-off meeting Phase II
    • June 25: Online coordination meeting
    • September 11: Online coordination meeting
    • October 26, 28: Online coordination meeting
    • November 25: Thematic learning event “Active mobility vs car dependency”
    • November 26: Transnational meeting, Antwerp
    • December 15: Thematic learning event “Co-creating Thriving Streets”
    • February 26: Thematic learning event “Thriving local economy”
    • April 14-15: Transnational meeting, Nova Gorica
    • May 7: Thematic learning event “Places for people”
    • June 21-22: Transnational meeting, Santo Tirso
    • July 20: Masterclass “Placemaking for recovery”
    • July 22: Thematic learning event “Streets for all”
    • September 30-October 1: Transnational meeting, Southwark
    • December 10: IAP Peer review meeting


    • March 30: Thriving Communities, digital learning event
    • April 26-28:Transnational meeting in Santo Tirso (Portugal) and study visit in Pontevedra (Spain)
    • May 24, 25: Transnational meeting in Nova Gorica and study visit in Ljubljana (Slovenia)
    • June 14-16: URBACT City Festival, Pantin / Greater Paris (France)
    • July 5-8: Walk and Roll Cities Final Event, Barcelona (Spain)
    • July 14: Masterclasses on Urban Freight and Parking Management


    Integrated Action Plan

    Integrated Action Plan for sustainable mobility in Oltretorrente

    Read more here !

    Parma - Italy
    Igoumenitsa Integrated Action Plan

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    Igoumenitsa - Greece
    Klaipèda Integrated Action Plan

    Read more here !

    Klaipèda - Lithuania
    Oradea Integrated Action Plan

    Read more here !

    Oradea - Romania
    Southwark Integrated Action Plan

    Read more here !

    London Borough of Southwark - United Kingdom
    Toward live and attractive Solkan’s historical core

    Read more here !

    Nova Gorica - Slovenia
    Towards a dynamic center for Deurne

    Read more here

    Antwerp - Belgium
    Debrecen Integrated Action Plan

    Read more here

    Debrecen - Hungary
    Increase attractivity and decrease car-dependency in Santo Tirso

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    Santo Tirso - Portugal

    Transforming streets to create people-friendly places. The ambition of Thriving Streets is to improve sustainable mobility in urban areas from an economic and social perspective. The premise of the Thriving Streets network is that break-troughs in sustainable urban mobility can be established when mobility is no longer framed as just going from A to B but rather as a means for social-economic development of the city. The key question Thriving Streets network intends to answer is the following: “How can mobility become a motor for urban health, inclusivity, economy and social cohesion?”

    Thriving Streets
    Designing mobility for attractive cities
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  • Genderedlandscape


    LEAD PARTNER : Umea - Sweden
    • Trikala - Greece
    • Barcelona - Spain
    • Panevėžys - Lithuania
    • La Rochelle - France
    • Celje - Slovenia


    Contact information for Lead partner: www.umea.se/jamstalldhet


    Start of phase 1

    Closure of phase 1

    Start of phase 2

    Final Conference: The Gendered Landscape of European Cities
    Closure of network

    Integrated Action Plans

    Integrated Action Plan JZ SOCIO Celje

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    Celje - Slovenia
    Integrated Action Plan Umeå

    Read more here !

    Umeå - Sweden
    Integrated Action Plan Trikala

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    Trikala - Greece
    Integrated Action Plan Panevėžys City

    Read more here

    Panevėžys - Lithuania
    Integrated Action Plan La Rochelle

    Read more here !

    La Rochelle - France
    Integrated Action Plan Barcelona

    Read more here

    Barcelona - Spain


    Gender equality is a fundamental goal of EU policy. Unfortunately, many urban policies, services, and physical developments still do not take gender into account, despite the fact that men and women use the city and its structures differently. Genderedlandscape is the Action Planning network that sought to create an understanding of the city as a place where gendered power structures are always present and develop locally contextualised tools and approaches to work towards gender equality in urban policies, planning, and services.

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    Gender + Equal + Cities
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    LEAD PARTNER : Mula - Spain
    • Belene - Bulgaria
    • Heraklion - Greece
    • Sibenik - Croatia
    • Cesena - Italy
    • Ukmergė - Lithuania
    • Malbork - Poland

    Ayuntamiento de Mula - Plaza del Ayuntamiento, 8 - 30170 Mula Tel.: 968 637 510


    • KAIRÓS Baseline Study
    • Thematic Warm-ups
    • Integrated Action Plan Roadmaps



    • Thematic workshop on Economy: Cultural Heritage as a Driver for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Job Creation
    • Thematic Workshop on Space: Valorisation and Adaptive Reuse in the Heritage City
    • Thematic Workshop on Attractiveness: Re-imagining the heritage city: from local identity to destination marketing
    • Thematic Workshop on Social Cohesion: Accessibility and inclusiveness in historic quarters
    • Peer-Review and study visit to Bologna
    • Re-thinking Malbork as a heritage city. On-site peer review. Malbork [PL] May 25-26 2022
    • The KAIRÓS journey on heritage-driven urban regeneration. KAIRÓS final conference. Mula [ES], 27-28 April 2022




    Integrated Action Plans

    Heraklion IAP From research ... TO ACTION

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    Heraklion - Greece
    Taking Mula to new heights

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    Mula - Spain
    Revitalizing Ukmergė old town by giving voice to the local community

    Read more here !

    Ukmergė - Lithuania
    Converting Belene into a desirable place to live

    Read more here !

    Belene - Bulgaria
    Reinforcing a city perspective to heritage

    Read more here !

    Malbork - Poland
    IAP Šibenik Green, smart and inclusive Old Town

    Read more here !

    Šibenik - Croatia
    The City Gate

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    Cesena - Italy

    KAIRÓS is an URBACT Action Planning Network focused on cultural heritage as a driver for sustainable urban development and regeneration. In ancient Greek KAIRÓS means the propitious moment, and this is the moment to test an innovative policy framework, combining a sound integrated approach with a real transformation purpose. To meet this challenge, the KAIRÓS model pursues the proper assemblage of five key dimensions, namely: space, economy, social accessibility, attractiveness and governance.

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  • ROOF

    Lead Partner : Ghent - Belgium
    • Braga - Portugal
    • Glasgow
    • Liège - Belgium
    • ODENSE - Denmark
    • Poznań - Poland
    • Thessaloniki - Greece
    • Timisoara - Romania
    • Toulouse Métropole - France


    Housing Department, City of Ghent +32 9 266 76 40




    • Phase 1: Kick-Off Meeting in Paris (FR)

    • Final meeting phase 1 in Ghent (BE)
    • Phase 2: Kick-Off Meeting in Glasgow (UK) - online
    • ROOF workshop on storytelling - online
    • ROOF workshop on advocacy - online
    • Transnational meeting in Odense on data - online
    • Winter School Braga - online
    • Transnational meeting in Timisoara & Poznan - online
    • Advocacy network meeting discussing proposal of housing first/funding key messages for Europe - online
    • Advocacy network meeting discussing proposal of data key messages - online
    • Transnational meeting in Thessaloniki - online
    • Transnational meeting in Toulouse - online
    • Final event in Liège
    • Final event in Ghent



    • ROOF Methodology - Why arts?

      The ROOF Call for Artists project - how did we do it?

      The fields of arts/creativity and homelessness don’t immediately seem to fit together – one is about celebration, joy, expression; the other about poverty, trauma, isolation. And yet, these worlds are colliding together more and more in powerful and unexpected ways. 

    • Gent OCMW

      Housing First in Ghent: why tailor-made guidance is so important

      Housing First in Ghent: why tailor-made guidance is so important

    Integrated Action Plans

    ROOF Integrated Action Plan - City of Ghent

    Through the ROOF project, Ghent takes the ambition to end homelessness for legal residents by 2040. The Integrated Action Plan is a long term policy plan that describes the vision, the model and the necessary actions to reach the goal of Functional Zero. Read more here!

    Ghent - Belgium
    Toulouse Metropole (FR)
    ROOF Integrated Action Plan - Toulouse Métropole

    Toulouse Metropole benefits of an institutional commitment in policies contributing to the eradication of homelessness, at national, regional and local level making it easier to mobilise stakeholders. Read more here!

    Toulouse Métropole - France
    Ending Homelessness Across Europe - ROOF Integrated Action Plan Glasgow (UK)
    Co-design, collaboration and storytelling to prevent homelessness

    In recent years, Glasgow has made significant progress in addressing homelessness. The Glasgow Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan (RRTP) runs until 2024. Read more here!

    Glasgow - UK
    ROOF Pozńan Integrated Action Plan
    ROOF Integrated Action Plan - City of Pozńan

    As part of the project, the Housing Affairs Office created a Local URBACT Group to co-design an integrated strategy. Read more here!

    Pozńan - Poland
    Towards ending homelessness in Timisoara - ROOF Integrated Action Plan
    ROOF Integrated Action Plan - City of Timisoara

    High costs of living in Timisoara makes it very difficult for one person receiving minimum wage, disabilities benefits, social benefits, minimum pension or working half time. Read more here!

    Timisoara - Romania
    ROOF Liège Integrated Action Plan
    ROOF Integrated Action Plan - City of Liège

    The City of Liège has a long experience in the field of homelessness. Until the 2000s, the approach was mainly emergency oriented: low threshold reception, street work and accommodation. Read more here!

    Liège - Belgium
    ROOF Odense Integrated Action Plan
    ROOF Integrated Action Plan - City of Odense

    At the start of 2009, there were 4 998 homeless people in Denmark and at the last count in 2019, there were 6 431 homeless people. Read more here!

    Odense - Denmark
    ROOF Thessaloniki Integrated Action Plan
    Social and Affordable Housing and Combating Housing Exclusion and Homelessness in Thessaloniki

    Housing in Greece has been dealt with primarily as an individual matter with sporadic and defunct interventions in the field of social housing. Currently, Greece has 0% social housing stock, an exception among all EU countries. Read more here!

    Thessaloniki - Greece
    Braga House of Skills - ROOF Integrated Action Plan
    Braga House of Skills

    The House of Skills project aims to create an innovative permanent housing solution to gather people who are homeless or at risk of housing and social vulnerability. Read more here!

    Braga - Portugal

    To end homelessness through innovative housing solutions at city level is the main driver from the Action Planning network. It is not about managing homelessness, but rather putting an end to it using the Housing First model and gathering accurate data. ROOF aims to achieve the strategic goal of Functional Zero (no structural homelessness).

    ROOF - Ending homelessness
    Ending homelessness
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    LEAD PARTNER : Heerlen - Netherlands
    • Aarhus - Denmark
    • Baia Mare - Romania
    • Fundão - Portugal
    • Kecskemét - Hungary
    • Pordenone - Italy
    • Võru County - Estonia
    • Zaragoza - Spain


    CONTACT US: Municipality of Heerlen, The Netherlands - Team Policy, Domain Society
    mailbox 1, 6400 AA Heerlen, visiting address: Putgraaf 188 Heerlen



    • Phase I Kick-off event in Heerlen
    • Lead Partner & Lead Expert City Visits
    • Phase I Final Event in Fundao
    • Phase II Activation Meeting Online
    • Masterclasses 1-6 - Online & Physical
    • Transnational Meetings Sept 2021 - April 2022 in Voru, Pordenone, Zaragoza, Aarhus, Kecskemét, Baia Mare
    • Phase II Final Meeting in Heerlen

    Integrated Action Plan

    Võru County Integrated Action Plan

    Read more here !

    Võru County - Estonia
    Integrated Action Plan Baia Mare

    Read more here

    Baia Mare - Romania
    Kecskemét Integrated Action Plan

    Read more here

    Kecskemét - Hungary
    Pordenone Integrated Action Plan

    Rea more here

    Pordenone - Italy
    Fundão - Portugal
    Aarhus Integrated Action Plan

    Read more here !

    Aarhus - Denmark
    Zaragoza Integrated Action Plan

    Read more here !

    Zaragoza - Spain
    Heerlen Integrated Action Plan

    Read more here !

    Heerlen - Netherlands


    The goal of this Action Planning Network was to explore how social impact bonds can be used to improve public service delivery in areas such as employment, ageing, and immigration. Often, the delivery of services is hindered by fragmented and siloed agencies and budgets, financial and political short-termism, and an aversion to risk and difficulty creating change. The social impact bond is a promising model that ameliorates these issues by increasing collaboration, prevention, and innovation.

    Boosting social impact - Investing in society with Social Impact Bond development
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