knowledge in action

THE CHALLENGE

With over half of the world’s populations living in urban areas, improving living conditions in every country depends on humanity’s capacity to address urban challenges.  

 

KNOW is a response to growing inequalities in cities. Three-quarters of cities are now more unequal than in 1996 (UN-Habitat). Inequality directly impacts the ability of cities to deliver prosperity and resilience for all their citizens. In both the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the UN-Habitat New Urban Agenda, addressing growing inequality is a priority. Urban equality is a multidimensional experience for urban dwellers encompassing access to income and services, recognition of diverse social identities, and inclusion in decisions that affect them.

"Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality is a response to growing inequalities in cities" 

I WANT TO KNOW: 

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KNOW OUTCOMES

Transformative research and action for urban equality 
Developing Urban Learning Hubs
Building research capacity

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To co-produce knowledge to activate transformations towards urban equality in selected cities in the global south, with a focus on redistributive and integrated actions to address prosperity, resilience, and extreme poverty.

 

 

To build and strengthen research capacity in selected DAC countries and the UK to tackle the challenges and opportunities of vulnerable urban communities through partnerships with equivalence between networks and organisations of the poor, government, the private sector, and academia.

 

 

To co-create responsive Urban Learning Hubs in target countries to co-produce relevant knowledge to analyse, plan, monitor, and compare city progress towards national and global goals on urban equality, in particular, the SDGs and the Habitat III New Urban Agenda.

 

 

 

CITIES & PARTNERS

The KNOW consortium comprises of researchers based at UCL, University of Sheffield, Durham University, the University of Melbourne, IIHS (Indian Institute of Human Settlements), Ardhi University, and FLACSO (Latin-American Social Sciences Institute). 

KNOW will work with local academic and community-based partners in Sierra Leone, Uganda and Tanzania in Africa; in Cuba, Peru, Costa Rica, and Colombia in Latin America; and in India and Sri Lanka in South Asia.

Know is a consortium of local and international researchers, academics, and community partners 

 
 

PRINCIPLES

Partnerships with equivalence 

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Mutual Respect 

Co-production of
knowledge

Reciprocal transparency and accountability

Co-learning

  • Between all members of the KNOW team and their partners 

  • Within and between civil society, the public, and the private sectors

  • With shared language

  • Sharing production and dissemination of outputs and deliverables to agreed audiences

  • Related to research and capacity-building 

  • Related to governance, management, and resources 

  • Through reflexive practice and grounded learning within and between institutions and places.

  • Through co-building spaces of innovation and debate where we can converse, share, and learn

 

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KNOW PARTNERS

 
GCRF
The University of Shefield
Durham University
Bartlett Architecture
IIHS
ACHE
Centre for Community Initiatives
FLACSO
PUCP Peru
CUJAE
SLURC
Makerere University
Ardhi University
 
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