The Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires is one of the most populated in Latin America, with more than 12 million inhabitants, of which 3 million live in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires.
In 2017, the city carried out a participatory process for the construction of its Resilience Strategy. The city identified through the process the following impacts (disruptive events that occur at a certain time such as heat waves) and chronic stresses (factors that generate pressure and weaken the city cyclically such as social inequality):
As a result, the 5 axes of the Resilience Strategy of Buenos Aires are:
- Diversity, gender, and coexistence: Promote women development and diversity as an identity value.
- Innovation, talent, and opportunities: Inclusive quality education for the jobs of the future and generation of opportunities for innovation and economic development.
- Environment and sustainability: Promote green infrastructure, sustainable energy, and a comprehensive urban waste policy.
- Social and urban integration: Improve access to quality housing, sustainable mobility and promote coexistence and enjoyment of public space.
- Safety and risk management: Prepare the city for the impacts of climate change, build safer spaces and an informed citizenry to face these challenges.
The vision of resilient Buenos Aires seeks to consolidate the city as a world referent in the promotion and generation of talent, that innovates in education and is committed to the jobs of tomorrow. From this vision, it advances in the integration of its neighborhoods and enhances its spaces for enjoyment, anticipates risks and prepares, maintaining its commitment to gender equality, diversity, and sustainability.
Buenos Aires Resilient Challenge
In 2019, the City Government, Fundación Avina, IDB-Lab and Resilient Cities Network, with the support of the Citi Foundation, opened the call “Challenge #BAResiliente”.
The Challenge aimed to promote pilot projects or technological and sustainable initiatives that generate triple impact solutions on circular economy and gender equality in the city and with the potential to generate income.
The Challenge is part of the Regional Initiative of Resilient Cities, whose objective is to improve urban resilience in Latin America and the Caribbean with the participation of the private sector in the Resilience Strategy of Buenos Aires.
This Challenge aims to promote initiatives that strengthen the resilience of the city by addressing social, physical, and economic challenges, especially the environmental impacts and social tensions.
The Challenge was planned to address the impacts of climate change and extreme meteorological events, as well as the tensions from social inequity and changes towards new work models on technologies in the city, based on the circular economy and gender inclusion.
The winner initiatives received up to $ 1,250,000 ARS (Argentine pesos) in seed capital, in addition to 8 months of mentoring and accompaniment from associated entities to help strengthen the operational and financial structure of the initiatives.
registered proposals in the Buenos Aires Resilient Challenge in the 2 categories: circular economy and gender equity.
selected projects to participate in the workshop to strengthen the conceptual proposal of the initiative.
winner initiatives of seed capital and mentoring from private sector experts.
Meet the winner initiatives:
The initiative contributes to reduce emissions associated to clothes producing by using textile waste from the industry in the design and manufacture of new garments. The waste material is saved from manufactures, as a part of strategic alliances, as well as used clothes collected through citizen awareness campaigns.
Turny innovates in the development of environmentally friendly household cleaning products that reduce the waste of single-use plastics. The project is one of the winners of the Buenos Aires Resilient Challenge for its contributions to circular economy.
Inmigrantes Digitales (Digital Immigrants) is a non-governmental organization, created in 2018 to promote the work inclusion of people with disabilities by training them as digital instructors. It also promotes corporate responsibility to drive long-term change through partnerships with private sector representatives.
MindHub is an initiative led by 3 women experts in technology that aims to improve women’s opportunities to access the labor market through technical training, support for the development of soft skills and accompaniment to obtain employment.