Transatlantic Policy Lab on Social Inequity
Social inequity is a pressing concern for governments and individuals worldwide. Many governments have sought to address social inequity through national macroeconomic policies. However, the success of more localized approaches shows that they are essential to effectively narrow the gap between rich and poor, and to improve access to opportunity for all. Since approximiately 70 percent of the global population is expected to live in urban areas by 2050, the next logical step in addressing social inequity must occur in close concert with cities.
To that end, the German Marshall Fund's (GMF) Urban and Regional Policy Program partnered with the Bertelsmann Foundation (BFNA) and 100 Resilient Cities to launch the Transatlantic Policy Lab (the Lab). The Lab convened a diverse group of American and European policymakers, practitioners and thought leaders to pursue innovative approaches to address the issue of social inequity. As a results-driven excercise, the group was charged with identifying and designing customized policy solutions for implementation in each pilot city. One American city (Boston) and one European city (Athens) have been selected to serve as pilot partners for assessment, analysis, and policy implementation. The Lab in Boston will feed directly into the city’s resilience strategy, which is being developed as part of its participation in the 100 Resilient Cities network.
Read more here: First Trans-Atlantic Lab on Social Inequity Launches this Month