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SCANNING WEBINAR: Urban Futures and Resilience 1

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  • Online
  • 6th May 2019
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm




Urban Futures and Resilience: Key insights for international civil society organisations

The International Civil Society Centre’s Scanning the Horizon futures initiative, and Partos’ The Spindle innovation platform, are partnering to present a mini webinar series for the international civil society community on ‘Urban Futures and Resilience’.

Rapid urbanisation is one of the major global trends which will undoubtedly continue to have a major impact on the future work of international civil society organisations (ICSOs). Yet as noted in the Centre’s Exploring the Future 2016 report, most ICSO projects and initiatives currently focus on the rural rather than urban context. This continues to be the case, including in livelihoods and resilience programming. The Spindle has also been convening ICSO and academic partners in its community to explore the challenges and opportunities of the rapid growth in African cities.


To broaden opportunities for sector learning and sharing on this critical trend, we have each invited a thought leader from our respective networks to present their key insights at this joint webinar.



Sanjeevani Singh is Habitat for Humanity International’s Director International Housing Programs . She leads on global strategies and capacity building for HFHI’s Urban Approach, with area offices, national organizations, and programme implementing partners. She works on the integration of urban programme strategies with disaster resilience, and advocacy strategies and initiatives that lead to increased housing solutions.

Sanjee will talk about how Habitat builds horizon scanning, analysis and planning for rapidly evolving future developments on urbanisation, and the major aspects of this trend which ICSOs should increasingly build into their futures thinking on urban work and engagement


Dr. Paula Nagler is an economic researcher at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) based at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, where she specializes in urban competitiveness and resilience. Her research focuses on entrepreneurship and labor markets, social protection policies and inclusive innovation, with a focus on Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Paula will present on urban futures and resilience from an economic lens, including key aspects of labour markets and entrepreneurship which ICSOs should consider in their urban programming.


Please note:
This webinar is taking place at:

  • 09:00 EDT (New York, Washington DC)
  • 15:00 CEST (Paris, Berlin)
  • 14:00 BST (London Dublin)

This is the first webinar of the Urban Futures and Resilience series of webinars. The second one will be held on Monday 3rd June. Find more details here.