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Save the Children’s vision is safe, sustainable and resilient cities where children survive, learn and are safe, and the organisation is committed to reaching the excluded and deprived children in cities. Save the Children believe that progressive cities can harness human capital, technology and effective governance to play a central role in reducing urban poverty and achieving child rights. However, cities also pose a unique set of challenges for children that can undermine the realisation of their rights.

Through Save the Children’s child rights approach the organisation seeks to empower the most deprived children and their families to claim their rights, for example, by supporting children's engagement with local authorities and by investing in strategic partnerships with municipal governments, the private sector and civil society. The goal is to work with our thematic leaders to ensure that what we know works for children is applied to both urban and rural areas. We hope to achieve this by making small bets on targeted research, driving city-to-city learning, and ensuring that local governments and their partners focus on children’s needs. Save the Children also works with urban communities to prepare for and respond to complex urban disasters, taking a risk reduction approach in our longer-term urban programs.

Photo: Ahmad Baroudi/Save the Children

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