The “Urban Impact” team offers a range of experience and services for policy makers, institutions, and large engineering and consulting firms to support their goals for projects fostering on sustainable spatial and social development.
Our force is our diversity. Our team is composed of professionals of urban development, with 25+ years’ experience in spatial planning, urban design, energy efficiency, heritage preservation,
local governments ‘empowerment and with extensive on- ground experience in Africa, MENA and Asia. Plugged to this team, we provide an expertise that offers innovative approaches to cope with the challenges of our demanding expanding urban world.
What we do
- We support our clients with sound analysis, inspiring ideas and (immediately) implementable policy solutions.
- Our work includes evidence-based research, technical assistance, training and education programmes, monitoring and evaluation, project management and tailor-made advices.
- We advise governments, multinational organisations, INGOs and civil society groups, local governments and private sector clients on a wide range of urban and habitat development and social issues including crisis response
Urban resilience and adaptation
Urban crisis: refugees
With 60% of the refugees living in urban environment, confronting urbanisation processes with conflict and displacement’s impacts calls the humanitarian community for a new paradigm. Reframing the concepts of space, camp, citizenship and spatial/social development is a fundamental requisite when considering the needs of urban refugees. These needs should be addressed at both national and local levels, as cities are on the forefront, coping with the realities of integration while the national level ultimately bears the legal responsibility of new citizens. As conflicts become more protracted and camps population becoming multigenerational (generations of people are born in camps), it is now becoming crucial to reassess the very notion of “camp” and to consider and treat its inhabitants as legal persons entitled to status within the city they actually live in.