What is an Inclusive City?


Workers Gain Increased VoiceWhat is an Inclusive City?  This top post of 2012 explains our vision.


The Inclusive Cities Project is influenced by a set of broad guidelines we call the “Inclusive Cities Theory of Change.” A city is on the road to becoming one inclusive of informal economy workers like home-based workers, street vendors and waste pickers when each of these guidelines is reflected in urban planning and policy decision making.

For the next 9 days, as we gear up for World Urban Forum 6, we’ll be highlighting each indicator of change, its impact on workers, and relevant publications.

Indicator of Change #1:  Workers Gain Increased Voice through…

Organizational Strength

  • Increased membership in existing Membership-Based Organizations (MBOs)
  • Increased number of MBOs in same or additional countries and sectors
  • More and/or stronger “nets” of MBOs
  • More and/or stronger alliances with other key players

Representative Voice

  • Increased representation in urban planning processes/institutions
  • Increased representation in collective bargaining/ negotiating processes
  • Increased representation in, especially, statutory collective bargaining/negotiating processes

How can urban planners and policy makers work towards these changes? View our “Good Practices” documentation, which looks at how the working poor experience urban policies and planning processes, approaches to infrastructure and service delivery programmes, and their organizations.