ICLEI Circulars has launched a new practical Equitable Transitions Guidebook to help cities make sure that their urban development projects are equitable for all groups of citizens. The guidebook is based on multiple case studies from cities worldwide under the Urban Transitions Alliance project. The guide’s purpose is to provide insights, recommendations, and tools for city practitioners to understand better and unpack what social equity means at the local level. The publication is free to download.

While collaborating with different urban regions, ICLEI developed a methodology that allows researchers to map the results of local sustainability plans and measure their social equity outcomes. For this purpose, social equity is defined along three dimensions: access, participation, and opportunity. For each measurement, the guide identifies tools and recommendations, as well as indicators to monitor progress. An initial version of this methodology was tested with the city of Turku as part of the Circular Turku project.

The first metric, access, refers to the residents’ ability to acquire resources, services, and infrastructure. This access can be limited because of the location of the residency, due to demographic factors such as age, gender, origin, language, or simply because people cannot afford it. Local governments can identify access gaps and implement targeted support measures to ensure that no individual or group is left behind. Urban planning can also ensure that physical infrastructures serve all users.



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