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How can ICT improve the lives of children and youth living in cities?

Today, for the first time in history, half of the world’s people – including more than one billion children – live in cities and towns. By 2030, the majority of the world’s children will grow up in urban areas.

Infrastructure and services are not keeping pace with urban population growth. The poorest urban families are at risk of violence, exploitation, disease, natural disasters and without access to the most basic of services, which can mean the difference between life and death.

Urban ChildrenThus far, development resources are focused primarily on alleviating rural poverty – leaving the poorest communities living in slums, invisible and excluded from urban planning.  As Anthony Lake recently said at the State of the World’s Children launch:

"That is not only an injustice. It is a missed opportunity. Communities in slums can act as grassroots laboratories for innovative solutions, not only to their own pressing problems, but for those in other poor, urban communities, in other countries."
Can we address urbanization and its inequities through strategic use of new technologies? What might innovative partnerships look like? How can we engage grassroots urban communities, development agencies, private sector institutions, academia and local governments? Who might be working on this now? And where?  How can we scale up successful initiatives to meet these challenges?

Please join your Technology Salon NYC colleagues at:

   ICT and Urban Poverty Alleviation
   March Technology Salon
   9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
   Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
   UNICEF House
   Danny Kaye Visitors Center
   3 UN Plaza East 44th Street
   (between 1st and 2nd Avenue, south side of the street)
   New York City, NY

We'll have hot coffee and bagels for a morning rush, but seating is limited and the UNICEF House is in a secure building. So RSVP ASAP to be confirmed for attendance or you are on the waitlist.

For those attending, please arrive 15 minutes early to clear security and be sure to bring photo ID. You will be escorted to the meeting room.

About the Technology Salon™

Our subscribersThe Technology Salon™ is an intimate, informal, and in person, discussion between information and communication technology experts and international development professionals, with a focus on both:
  • technology's impact on donor-sponsored technical assistance delivery, and
  • private enterprise driven economic development, facilitated by technology.
Our meetings are lively conversations, not boring presentations. Attendance is capped at 15 people - and frank participation with ideas, opinions, and predictions is actively encouraged.  It's also a great opportunity to meet others motivated to employ technology to solve vexing development problems. Join us today!

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