This document is a supplement to Towards a More Equal City: Seven Transformations for More Equitable and Sustainable Cities. It unpacks how specific urban development actors – across scales of decision making and stakeholder groups – can enable and implement the seven transformations outlined in Towards a More Equal City, recognizing their role as key urban change agents. It serves as a tool that can help drive action by relevant actors at different levels of decision making. Following the description of each the seven transformations are detailed “Recommended Actions by Actor” tables that outline steps that different actors active in urban areas can take to implement and make these transformations a reality.

Each table identifies specific actions for:

  • City government and urban sector specialists
  • National government
  • Civil society, including nongovernmental organizations, experts and researchers
  • Private sector
  • International community, including development finance institutions

To be most effective city governments, local municipalities and urban sector specialists must act across jurisdictions and sectoral silos on the actions listed. National governments need to support, finance, and enable these transformations in cities through the right policies. Civil society actors are called to collaborate with other organizations to share lessons and complement each other’s work. The private sector can bring additional resources and capacity, while partnering with the public sector and other actors. Finally, the international community, including development finance institutions, can ensure financing and technical assistance are directed at meeting the needs of the most vulnerable populations, while holding governments accountable.

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