Alessa Bennaton

The notion of combining a global understanding of the state of the urban world while learning about sustainability through analyzing urban design and management in the perspective of international cooperation seemed appealing about Mundus Urbano. Applying for the scholarship and participating in the program opened a range of possibilities that I have only begun to explore.

I did my internship at United Cities Local Governments (UCLG), the world organization in representation of local governments at a global scale.  UCLG supports international cooperation between cities and their associations, and facilitates programmes, networks and partnerships to build the capacity of local governments. 

Amongst other activities, during my internship, I supported project proposals for obtaining funds from the European Commission for promoting decentralized South-South cooperation between cities of Brazil and Mozambique in urban planning and management practices through the articulation of their Local Governments Associations.

Since October 2012, I support the management of this project and additionally work closely with the UCLG Committee of Urban Strategic Planning and World Secretariat in the development of knowledge exchange initiatives that enhance South South decentralized cooperation, recompilation and exchange of information and best practices, organization of international events for the articulation of local governments and follow up of the global agenda linked to the Post 2015 MDG agenda and the Habitat III process.