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.

Urban95 Academy Cohort 2

Participating cities in the second cohort include:

Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates); Bandar-e Kiashahr (Iran); Bani Naim (Jordan); Bogotá (Colombia); Brighton & Hove (UK); Cartagena de Indias (Colombia); Chihuahua (Mexico); Crato (Brazil); Guayaquil (Ecuador); Indore (India); Istanbul (Turkey); Iztapalapa (Mexico); Jabalpur (India); Kakinada (India); Karak (Pakistan); Kohima (India); La Pintana, Santiago (Chile); Lima (Peru); London Borough of Tower Hamlets (UK); Mafra (Portugal); Maharashtra (India); Massachusetts (USA); Mérida (Mexico); Mixco (Mexico); Mogi das Cruzes (Brazil); Navi Mumbai (India); Niš (Serbia); North Tongu District Assembly (Ghana); Pelotas (Brazil); Recife (Brazil); Renca (Chile); Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); Rourkela (India); Salvador (Brazil); São José dos Campos (Brazil); Skawina (Poland); Tbilisi (Georgia); Umzimvubu (South Africa); Veria (Greece); and Yatta (Palestine).

The Urban95 Academy, a joint collaboration between the Bernard van Leer Foundation and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), is a leadership programme designed to make cities more child-friendly.

Participants will learn, over six weeks of online courses and virtual meetings, how they can effectively deliver policies and services for everyone by reimagining the urban realm with babies, toddlers, and caregivers at the centre.

Towards the end of the programme, participants prepare a strategy outline for their own city, applying new knowledge gained at the Urban95 Academy to existing challenges.

For more information about the Urban95 Academy, visit:

Is your city interested to participate in the third cohort? Register now. Deadline for application is 25 July 2022.

Cohorts will be selected to ensure geographical diversity. Participation in the Urban95 Academy is fully funded by the Bernard Van Leer Foundation.