On April 1st and 2nd, the Inclusive Cities partners met in Bogotà, Colombia for the project’s final Annual Learning Meeting for this phase of the joint project. The purpose of the meeting was to review and discuss the initial findings of the project evaluation, which was being conducted by Barbara Klugman.
Barbara guided the group through a series of sessions to explore questions on what the partners have learned about influencing cities, about organizing informal workers and about the collaboration itself. Presentations were also made by partners – HomeNet South Asia, HomeNet Thailand, StreetNet International, the Avina Foundation, the Latin American & Caribbean Network of Waste Pickers and the Association of Recyclers of Bogota – on case studies from a series of cities. The group also welcomed observers from the Cities Alliance, including William Cobbett and the Honourable Clare Short, to join in conversations at the meeting.
The discussions from the meeting are being integrated into the final learning report of the project, which will complement a series of 12 city case studies. The final reports will be available in the last quarter of 2014 as the first phase of the Inclusive Cities project winds down. At the Bogotà meeting, all Inclusive Cities partners expressed their desire to continue with the global collaboration and this potential will be explored further in the coming year. Stay tuned! More information, including the evaluation reports when released, will be available at www.inclusivecities.org and at www.wiego.org/cities.