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BOLD IDEAS

winning cities across the competitions

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WINNING CITIES FROM LATIN AMERICA, EUROPE AND THE UNITED STATES

Bloomberg Philanthropies works to capture the experience with a goal to document learnings. Each year, the Mayors Challenge awards cash prizes and technical support to five cities to implement their winning ideas. Winning cities work to demonstrate evidence of their idea’s effectiveness. When concepts are proven, other cities import and adapt the best ideas to benefit their own citizens. Click here to download “Bringing Bold Ideas to Life,” a report which provides an update on the implementation in each of the winning ideas.

 

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LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

More than 900 Latin American and Caribbean cities were invited to compete, and 290 cities submitted applications, representing 19 countries in the region. The proposed solutions addressed a wide range of issues – including mobility, youth unemployment, corruption, waste management, public health, and social and economic inclusion for marginalized communities. The top five ideas were in a league of their own and represent an exciting mix of geographies and important issues for the region.

 
EUROPE

More than 150 cities from 28 countries in Europe competed in the 2014 Mayors Challenge in Europe. The five winners addressed issues from social isolation to climate change and were eager to experiment with new approaches – tapping into the power of new technologies, partnerships, and the creativity of the public. The winners received €9 million in implementation funding as well as robust implementation support.

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UNITED STATES

More than 300 cities in the United States competed in the first Mayors Challenge in 2012-2013. The five winners addressed issues from early childhood education to waste management to wellbeing. Their ideas highlight the array of complex yet common challenges that global cities face. The winners received a total of $9 million in implementation funding and robust implementation support.