Public Space as a Driver of Equitable Economic Growth: Policy and Practice to Leverage a Key Asset for Vibrant City Economies


This publication documents a policy dialogue of the Cities Alliance Joint Work Programme on Fostering Equitable Economic Growth in Cities held at the 9th Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 7 – 13 February 2018.

The role of public space is a key theme of the JWP, which is exploring how public space can be recognised and used as an asset to foster equitable economic growth in cities. At WUF9,  the JWP dedicated a network event to discuss with Cities Alliance members and partners how public space can be seen as driver of Equitable Economic Growth. It applied two major perspectives on public space in a city: the lens of local authorities and informal street vendors.

Building on the experience of JWP’s diverse membership, the event highlighted viable strategies and policy approaches available to cities to leverage the asset of public space as an enabler of economic and livelihood opportunities for all. It also incorporates key messages from a discussion paper produced by Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) on behalf of the JWP, titled “Inclusive Public Spaces for Informal Livelihoods.”

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