Starting the dialogue about inclusive and sustainable cities

Akzo Human Cities Coalition

Human Cities Coalition was a consortium of private, public and academic partners committed to urban change, contributing to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 11: making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.


In 2016, the founding organizations wanted to file a project proposal with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to receive funding for the foundation of the Human Cities Coalition. The Terrace was asked to develop the project proposal.


  • Engage stakeholders around the idea of founding an organization focused on inclusive urban development.
  • Write project proposal to file for funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


From 2016-2018, the Human Cities Coalition pioneered business models for urban infrastructure development that included the voices and needs of the urban poor.