This online course introduces concepts and tools for the creation of smart and inclusive cities. In the first module, you will learn gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) concepts, gain an insight into who are the vulnerable and marginalized groups in Southeast Asian cities, and develop your understanding of why we should strive to achieve livable cities. In the second module, we delve into core inclusion issues prevalent in Southeast Asia. In the final module, with the help of a comprehensive toolkit and case studies, you will learn the basic methods for integrating GESI considerations into your project activities, such that you may be empowered to help unlock the potential of truly livable cities for all.
The course is derived from the ASEAN Australia Smart Cities Trust Fund's (AASCTF) "Smart Cities–Inclusive Cities Capacity Building Program". It is also underpinned by the AASCTF Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Strategy, which ensures that the direct interventions of the trust fund prioritize and integrate GESI considerations, elevate GESI discourse and dialogue, and support GESI action through both targeted and mainstreamed activities across the region.
The course also expands on the inclusive approach embedded in ADB's Strategy 2030, particularly Operational Priorities 1, 2, and 4 on addressing poverty and reducing inequalities; accelerating progress in gender equality; and making cities more livable, respectively. It also touches on inclusive urban development as exemplified in the ADB publication, Inclusive Cities—Urban Area Guidelines.
- Format: Self-paced
- Duration: Approx. 1 hour per module
- Language: English