Urban Infrastructure: Listen to People and You Will be Surprised

Date: Friday, 28 March

Time: 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Location: Hotel Sauípe Park, Bahia Room 1

With more than 80 percent of its inhabitants living in cities, the Latin American and Caribbean region is the world’s most urbanized. The region’s citizens are increasingly demanding better public transportation, housing, clean drinking water, reliable electricity, and green and safe public spaces. And yet, the gap between their expectations and their local governments’ capacities to meet these demands is widening as more people move into the middle class.

During this seminar, the IDB will present the results of a survey conducted in Mexico City, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Bogotá and Lima, on what the region’s citizens want in terms of improvements to urban infrastructure. Tune in to hear a lively discussion about how innovation can help cities thrive.


  • Alexandre Meira da Rosa, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Guillermo Dietrich, Government of the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Marcus Cornaro, European Commission
  • Gesner Oliveira, Fundação Getúlio Vargas and Managing Partner at GO Associados

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