Cities Forum 2017

Urban Poverty

Workshop on Urban Poverty


The focus of this workshop will be on: spatial concentration of structural poverty in deprived neighbourhoods (and regeneration of these areas) and child poverty”. In addition to the focus areas identified by the Pact of Amsterdam, the partnership decided to focus also on two extreme forms of poverty and social exclusion by giving particular attention to Roma people and the homeless. For each of the above-mentioned theme, the Partnership has identified bottlenecks, policy gaps and elaborated recommendations and potential actions, taking into account the Urban Agenda’s focus on Better Regulation, Better Funding, and Better Knowledge. As a result, almost 10 actions have been developed by the Partnership; they will be introduced and discussed in the workshop.

For more information about the Urban Agenda, please click here
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Draft programme

10:30 - 11:00:Welcome coffee
11:00 - 11:15: Welcome word of the coordinators
11:15 - 11:45: Short presentation of the state of play
11:45 - 12:15: Questions and answers round
12:30 - 13:30:Lunch
13:30 - 15:00: Site visit including presentations on the topic
15:00 - 15:45:Other projects/initiatives to be presented (URBACT, UIA, CIVITAS,)
15:45 - 16:00:Contributions from the participants (support with the implementation and Communication of the actions)
16:00:Closure and leave to the ship


Nelson Mandela School: Christiaan de Wetstraat 118, Rotterdam

Poverty is one of the key factors for people not being able to participate in society. Poverty among children in Rotterdam is a mature challenge. One in five children lives in poverty, which is the highest percentage in the Netherlands. Rotterdam aims to fight against this intergenerational poverty.
At the same time Rotterdam is known as a City which stimulates citizens participation and initiatives. People everywhere in the City rolls up their sleeves to help each other. This Involvement also counts for people living in poverty.
By using the potential and knowledge in the society, by stimulating citizens initiatives, Rotterdam is better equipped to fight intergenerational poverty.
During your visit to Nelson Mandela School, participants will see how the city has mobilised and channelled this knowledge of sharing, as we call this we community, to fight (child) poverty in Rotterdam. This knowledge of sharing and belonging starts simply at school. Schools, in close cooperation with the district care teams, work together with the entire neighbourhood network to support children and their parents.
Nelson Mandela School is part of the so called “The Children’s Zone” with the aim of increasing the chances of the children by providing them with care and extra support at school, in their neighbourhoods and in their family homes.

Background information on the Partnership of Urban Poverty

Members of the Partnership

  • Cities and Regions: Birmingham, Daugavpils, Kortrijk, Keratsini-Drapetsona, Lille, Lódż, Timisoara, Brussels Capital region and Ile de France region;
  • Member States: Belgium (Coordinator), France (Coordinator), Germany, Greece, and Spain.
  • Stakeholders: The European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN), Eurochild, he European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless (FEANTSA), UN Habitat, Eurocities, The European Urban Knowledge Network (EUKN) and URBACT.
Although cities are hubs of opportunity as they enhance the advancement of science, technology, culture and innovation, they are also places where problems such as unemployment, social exclusion, segregation and poverty are concentrated. The majority of EU policies have an impact on urban areas, having a relevant potential to prevent and tackle urban poverty through direct and indirect action (e.g. considering the impact of social, economic, spatial, or energy policies).

The Urban Agenda for the EU defined its objectives in the context of Urban Poverty, as “to reduce poverty and improve the inclusion of people in poverty or at risk of poverty in deprived neighbourhoods”. It further defined the scope and focus areas of the Agenda with regard to this thematic priority. According to the Pact of Amsterdam, “Urban poverty refers to issues related to structural concentration of poverty in deprived neighbourhoods and solutions that need to be designed and applied with integrated approach:
  • Place-based solutions: urban regeneration of deprived neighbourhoods;
  • People-based solutions: socio-economic integration of people living in neighbourhoods.

Please click here to access the background paper