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January 19, 2022

Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces 15 Winners of the Global Mayors Challenge

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Bloomberg Philanthropies

NEW YORK, Jan. 18, 2022 — Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced the 15 winning cities of the 2021-2022 Global Mayors Challenge, the fifth edition of the worldwide innovation competition that supports and spreads cities’ most promising ideas. Bloomberg has recognized these 15 winners for designing the boldest and most ambitious urban innovations to emerge from the global COVID-19 Pandemic. The winning statements address one or more of four current issue areas in cities, including economic recovery and inclusive growth, health and wellbeing; climate and environment; and gender and equality. Each city will be awarded one million dollars in addition to technical support and coaching over three years to bring their ideas to life.

“As the world works to address the profound public health and economic effects of the ongoing pandemic, cities can implement innovative ideas at a pace that national governments simply can’t match,” said Michael R. Bloomberg. He is the founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Bloomberg L.P. and 108th Mayor of New York City. “Our fifteen winners offer bold, achievable plans to improve health, reduce unemployment, empower women, and more. Collectively, they have the potential to improve millions of their residents’ lives - and the most successful solutions will inspire cities around the world to embrace them,” he added.

• The 15 winners of the 2021-2022 Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Mayors Challenge are:

The 15 winning cities hail from 13 nations on six continents and collectively represent more than 30 million residents. They got selected from among 50 Champion Cities that spent the past four months working with residents to rigorously test and refine their projects. With the most applicants to date, mayors from 631 cities in 99 countries submitted their boldest ideas to the 2021-2022 competition, nearly twice the number of cities that applied to the last Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge in 2018.

The winners were selected based on four criteria: Vision; Potential for impact; Feasibility, and Transferability. The ideas provide a powerful snapshot of the innovation priorities of hundreds of the world’s cities. The most common themes of the winning innovations focus on reducing unemployment, improving health, and addressing climate change. Four of the winning city projects also have an explicit gender-equality lens. In addition, cities developed new ways to deliver city services to residents and approaches to combat the opioid epidemic. All of the submissions were generated in part through participatory processes with residents.

• The 15 winning projects are:

• Africa (20% of winning cities)

• Asia-Pacific (20% of winning cities)

• Europe (20% of winning cities)

• South America (7% of winning cities)

• Middle East (7% of winning cities)

• North America (26% of winning cities)

The 2021-2022 Global Mayors Challenge builds on the success of four previous Bloomberg Philanthropies Challenges in the U.S. (2013 and 2018), Europe (2014), and Latin America and the Caribbean (2016). Thirty-eight ideas have won the Mayors Challenge since its launch in 2013 and often yield such powerful results that other cities replicate them.

The Mayors Challenge selection committee helped Bloomberg Philanthropies select the 15 new winners. The committee is co-chaired by Bloomberg Philanthropies board member Mellody Hobson, Co-CEO & President, Ariel Investments; and David Miliband, President & CEO, International Rescue Committee, and includes a wide range of global experts:

“When it comes to solving issues of equality and access, people need people,” said Mellody Hobson. “Each of the winning teams took a people-first, novel approach to improve their community. I am looking forward to seeing the long-term impact generated by these projects around the world.”

“At a time when the world needs ambitious solutions, these cities are delivering,” said David Miliband. “They stood out from the 631 applicants for their vision and leadership and will hopefully deliver real results for residents.”

The 15 winning cities will now enter a three-year implementation period with a $1 million grant and complete technical assistance. During this time, the cities will work diligently to evolve and scale their ideas into a real-life program to improve residents’ lives. Cities will also share their ideas with additional cities worldwide to enable these tested innovations to spread.

“The Mayors Challenge shows that there can be a positive legacy to emerge from all the hardship of the past two years - and that it’s happening in our cities,” said James Anderson. He leads the Government Innovation program at Bloomberg Philanthropies. “Now we turn to help these mayors implement their ideas, evaluate, and spread the ideas that produce a big impact.”

Bloomberg Philanthropies invests in 941 cities and 173 countries worldwide to ensure better, longer lives for the most significant number of people. The organization focuses on five critical areas for creating lasting change: the Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation, and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s giving, including his foundation, corporate, and personal philanthropy, as well as Bloomberg Associates, a pro bono consultancy that works in cities around the world. In 2021, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $1.66 billion.

Source: Bloomberg Philanthropies

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