The latest news about the Bernard van Leer Foundation, our partners and the issues we work on.

Encouraging Arab families in Jaffa to read with their toddlers

Published August 15, 2022

An evaluation of the Jaffa Reads initiative, supported by the Bernard van Leer Foundation's Urban95 programme in Tel Aviv-Yafo, shows that it has been effective in encouraging Arab families to… Read more

São Paulo families get new play spaces and safer roads

Published August 12, 2022

In two areas of São Paulo – Jardim Lapena and São Rafael – young children and caregivers are enjoying renovated public areas to play and relax. The municipality has already… Read more

Hiring: Representative India

Published July 15, 2022

We are searching for an influential and empathetic leader to be our Representative in India. This position is the main point of contact for all our partners in the country. Read more

Announcing new members of our leadership team

Published July 8, 2022

After an extensive global search, Rushda Majeed has been appointed Chief Programme Officer of the Bernard van Leer Foundation. In this role, she will oversee our programmes worldwide. Rushda joins… Read more

London becomes the classroom for the Urban95 Academy residence week

Published July 5, 2022

In May 2022, 27 committed city officials from 10 cities arrived in London to take part in five intensive days of in-person teaching, workshops and site visits during the Urban95… Read more

How cities can create “Naturalised Parks” – a guide from Brazil

Published June 24, 2022

Creating more green play spaces is a win-win for cities, benefiting both children’s development and cities’ adaptation to climate change. The Alana Institute, in partnership with Urban95 Brazil, has produced… Read more

Second cohort of the Urban95 Academy trains 40 cities

Published June 15, 2022

After a successful first edition, the second cohort of the Urban95 Academy has kicked off training over 100 city officials from 40 different cities. Read more

Hiring: Junior Communications Consultant (CLOSED)

Published June 14, 2022

To support our communications strategy, we are looking for a temporary junior communications consultant, supporting the implementation of key projects around social media storytelling, transitioning to a new corporate website… Read more

Brazil’s Urban95 Network gathers in the ‘Capital of Early Childhood’ Boa Vista

Published June 13, 2022

After almost two years of collective action and numerous virtual exchanges, representatives from 23 of the 24 cities that make up the Urban95 Network in Brazil gathered for their first… Read more

“Baby library” project opens in Recife

Published May 10, 2022

The Brazilian city of Recife has opened three new “Bebetecas” – baby libraries, containing books, toys and materials to stimulate the creativity and curiosity of infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers, with… Read more