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A handbook on child-responsive urban planning

‘Shaping urbanization for children’ is a free UNICEF handbook for child-responsive urban planning. The handbook demonstrates what is possible and attainable through child-responsive, area-based and community-led planning, in a local context.

The handbook answers three questions: why planning cities for children matters, what to plan for children, and how to plan for children. The aim is to inspire everyone involved in planning, designing, transforming, building and managing the built environment: urban planning professionals, city governments, the private sector (such as developers, investors, service providers and technology companies that build the large majority of urban infrastructure) and civil society organizations.

One of the many highlights is an in-depth checklist for ‘Children’s Rights and Urban Planning Principles’. This allows every stakeholder to quickly evaluate what can be done to take up responsibilities and improve the situation of children, respecting capacities and resources.

For more information and to download the handbook click here.

Feature Image Credit: UNICEF/UNI123447/Pirozzi

Author: Julia Zvobgo

Julia Zvobgo is a Cultural Anthropologist and the Community Manager of Child in the City.

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