Building Vibrant and Resilient Neighbourhoods: Galeshewe Active Box

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14 Sep 2023



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The Cities Challenge 2.0, funded by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), in partnership with Cities Alliance and UNHabitat, launched in 2019 prompts and supports interventions to enable liveable, resilient, safe and economically thriving areas within marginalised communities. The first edition supported initiates in Ecuador, Jordan, Namibia and Serbia.

The current edition (2022/2023) supports initiatives in South Africa, Mexico, India and Bangladesh under the theme Building Vibrant & Resilient Neighbourhoods. through the implementation of Urban Living Labs. Sol Plaatje Municipality (SPM) was the South African municipality awarded a small scale grant for an intervention at neighbourhood level to support the development of an informal traders hub targeting young women entrepreneurs and contribute to social and climate resilience, in March 2022, to construct the Galeshewe Active Box.

The concept was a space for women traders to trade safely and a project to support and strengthen heritage and environmental sustainability work by SPM and its partners, in the Galeshewe township outside Kimberley in the Northern Cape.