The DEALS programme, aimed at cities in Latin America, Africa and Asia, is showing progress.
Great progress has been made building partnerships. Most of the achievements were made in the fields of coordination within and between governments, and cooperation with non-government stakeholders. This is the positive image that emerged from the expert meeting on the DEALS programme on 18 January. Seventeen experts from the Netherlands and the target cities gathered in a tiny room at Pulchri Studio in The Hague to discuss progress and key elements. In her keynote speech, associate expert Ellen van Reesch pointed out that complex challenges, such as the ones DEALS is facing, can’t be treated in silos: they demand integrated solutions. The darts and horse racing made this visible. Environmental sustainability must be linked to social inclusion and citizen rights. Read the full report here