Can Cities Reduce Poverty? What's the Business Case?

Submitted by Liz Weaver on April 5, 2012 - 6:25pm
Framing the Discussion for developing the Business Case

On April 2 and 3, 2012, Tamarack hosted 14 leaders from the business, government and voluntary sectors to consider the development of a Business Case for Cities Reducing Poverty.  This group considered the following questions: 

  • Why reduce poverty?
  • What role do cities play in poverty reduction? 
  • Why cities must lead? 

Some of the ideas discussed during the two day gathering included: 

  • the return on investment for reducing poverty
  • the fact that cities shoulder the burden of poverty without the power or authority
  • the need for a stronger, unified voice for cities
  • the need for alignment between all three levels of government
  • the investments that are needed to build community involvement around reducing poverty
  • the economic and social investments required

In advance of the gathering, participants were provided with background research which looked at a number of recent papers describing the economic and social costs of poverty.  This report is attached to this blog. 

In the next couple of months, Vibrant Communities Canada will be developing the Business Case for Cities Reducing Poverty.  Do you think cities play a role in poverty reduction?  Do you want to contribute to this initiative?  Simply post your thoughts in the comment section of this blog or email with your ideas. 

We look forward to hearing from you. 



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