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Bloomberg names 50 finalist cities for 2021 Global Mayors’ Challenge

The cities chosen are considered to have come up with the boldest urban innovations emerging from the pandemic with the challenge aiming to spread the most promising ideas.

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The competition encourages the sharing of great ideas around the globe
The competition encourages the sharing of great ideas around the globe

Bloomberg Philanthropies has named the 50 cities that have come up with the “boldest urban innovations” to emerge from the pandemic and which will advance to the finalist stage of the 2021 Global Mayors’ Challenge.

 

The challenge is a worldwide innovation competition that encourages and spreads cities’ most promising ideas. The 50 cities named hail from 29 nations across six continents with mayors from 631 cities in 99 countries submitting their most promising ideas for consideration.

 

This is nearly twice the number of cities that applied in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ previous Mayors’ Challenge, held in the US in 2018.

 

Judging criteria

 

The finalists were elevated based on four criteria: vision, potential for impact, feasibility, and transferability. Bloomberg said the ideas provide a powerful snapshot of the innovation priorities of the world’s cities.

 

At a global level, innovations focusing on improving health and reducing unemployment were most common. Racial justice emerged as the area of highest priority for US cities, while social inclusion topped the European submissions. In Africa, where the world is experiencing its fastest rates of urbanisation, infrastructure was dominant. Nearly half of the submissions were generated in part through participatory processes with residents.

 

“These 50 finalists are showing the world that in the face of the pandemic’s enormous challenges, cities are rising to meet them with bold, innovative, and ambitious ideas,” said Michael Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies and 108th mayor of New York City.

 

He added: “By helping these cities test their ideas over the coming months, we will have a chance to identify cutting-edge policies and programmes that can allow cities to rebuild in ways that make them stronger and healthier, and more equal and more just.”

 

The 50 Champion Cities of the 2021 Global Mayors’ Challenge are:

 

Africa

  • Cape Town, South Africa: transforming soup kitchens into a sustainable food-distribution infrastructure
  • Danané, Côte d’Ivoire: transforming mobility for vulnerable residents
  • Freetown, Sierra Leone: incentivising community action to combat urban deforestation
  • Kigali, Rwanda: adopting proven rainwater-harvesting technologies in informal communities
  • Kumasi, Ghana: training unemployed youth to create new household toilet technologies
  • Lusaka, Zambia: incentivising the repurposing of trash into needed products
  • Meru, Kenya: using Black Soldier Fly larvae to fix an inadequate waste-collection system
  • Umuaka, Nigeria: digital support for survivors of gender-based violence.

Asia-Pacific

  • Auckland, New Zealand: calculating carbon emissions for infrastructure development
  • Butuan, Philippines: leveraging predictive data to bolster local farmers
  • Daegu, South Korea: digital permissioning to bring new life to urban spaces
  • Manila, Philippines: building a 21st-century data infrastructure to improve city services
  • Pune, India: building the foundation for an all-electric-vehicle future
  • Rourkela, India: supporting solar-powered cold storage – plus women entrepreneurship – to reduce food waste
  • Taipei, Taiwan: using virtual reality to promote safe, active lifestyles for seniors
  • Wellington, New Zealand: leveraging a city digital-twin to encourage resident engagement on climate action.

Europe

  • Bilbao, Spain: building a cybersecure city and citizenry
  • Glasgow, UK: unleashing a neighborhood-level participatory approach to community wellbeing
  • Istanbul, Turkey: creating a platform for individual philanthropy at a city-wide scale
  • Leuven, Belgium: using civic contracts to drive individual and organisational climate action
  • London, UK: deploying rapid, upstream interventions to prevent chronic homelessness
  • Paris, France: offering free climate-activism education for Parisian youth
  • Rotterdam, Netherlands: using digital tokens to incentivise social impact from the private sector
  • Vilnius, Lithuania: building a resilient, post-Covid model for hybrid learning.

South America

  • Bogotá, Colombia: creating care blocks to shift the gender inequity of care
  • Cartagena, Colombia: pioneering a gender-aware approach to emergency response
  • La Paz, Bolivia: co-designing nine new urban centres with residents to ensure equitable access to services
  • Recife, Brazil: deploying a unique mix of services to foster women’s entrepreneurship at scale
  • Renca, Chile: enlisting the wisdom of seniors to create community development projects and reduce isolation
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: improving housing conditions in favelas using cutting-edge mapping technology
  • Rosario, Argentina: formalising and subsidising informal waste collection.

Middle East

  • Amman, Jordan: using reachability maps to improve the city’s emergency response and guide investments
  • Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel: engaging youth to make the city’s cultural centre more resilient.

North America

  • Akron, Ohio: taking lessons from how we train medical students to support Black entrepreneurs
  • Baltimore, Maryland: deploying a citywide, coordinated system to support Black-owned businesses
  • Birmingham, Alabama: investing in the next generation of food entrepreneurs
  • Columbus, Ohio: providing last-mile wi-fi access to underserved neighbourhoods
  • Durham, North Carolina: building a team to help residents access untapped federal resources and support
  • Guadalajara, Mexico: creating a citizen-safety index to combat violent crime
  • Hermosillo, Mexico: providing new employment opportunities for women in the circular economy
  • Lansing, Michigan: launching cross-sectoral partnerships to halt learning loss in children
  • Long Beach, California: using the city’s power to bring transparency to the gig economy
  • Louisville, Kentucky: creating the diverse tech workforce of the future
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: bringing a trust-building lens to the delivery of public services
  • Newark, New Jersey: reducing crime by focusing on the city’s most persistent offenders
  • Paterson, New Jersey: providing proven, on-demand treatment to those struggling with opioid addiction
  • Phoenix, Arizona: deploying career mobility units to support job-seekers
  • Rochester, Minnesota: creating a pathway for women of colour into the growing, high-paying local construction field
  • San Jose, California: bolstering the college-support pipeline for marginalised families.

The Mayors’ Challenge selection committee helped Bloomberg Philanthropies select the 50 finalists, who will enter a four-month testing phase to refine their ideas with technical assistance from Bloomberg Philanthropies and its network of innovation experts. Fifteen of the 50 cities will ultimately win the grand prize, with each receiving $1m and robust multi-year technical assistance to implement and scale their ideas.

 

“This is always an especially exciting phase of the Mayors’ Challenge, helping mayors push their innovations to even greater heights,” said James Anderson, head of government innovation at Bloomberg Philanthropies. “While 15 cities will ultimately take home grand prizes, all 50 cities receive world class coaching and support to improve their ideas and their potential to improve lives.”

 

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