Children living in informal settlements in areas of rapid urbanisation are severely affected by a lack of basic services, inadequate living conditions, and limited opportunities for individual and community growth.
A child-centred approach is required to ensure their needs and constraints are included in decision-making and planning. As part of The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Programme, Arup is assisting the municipality of Salvador in Brazil to develop a child-centred approach to resilience building in informal settlements.
In the favela of Novos Alagados, Arup is working to improving the liveability and safety for children and their caregivers. The project is being delivered in partnership with Bernard van Leer Foundation’s Urban95 initiative and Avsi Brazil, an NGO that has been operating in the area for over 15 years.