News Overview 2015

The New Magazine of the Foundation

From the Editor

Without attracting much attention, the global population reached a significant milestone back in 2008. For the first time ever, more people lived in cities than in rural areas. This development came as the result of mass migration. In 1950, city dwellers made up a mere 30 percent of the global population, with the process of urbanization set to continue. The United Nations forecasts that 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities by 2030 - and 70 percent by 2050.

Initially, people migrate to cities in search of work and a brighter future. This was the case in Germany and other industrialized countries in the 19th century, and the process is being repeated in emerging nations all over the world.

In order to serve as viable places to live, however, cities have to offer more than work, living space, and functional infrastructure. Cities are places where people live together as a society. Different social strata live side by side, with fewer young people and an increasing number of older people having to learn to get along with each other. Furthermore, migrants need to find their place in society, too.

It should therefore come as no surprise that many of the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s practical projects have close links to cities and municipalities - both in Germany and abroad. First and foremost, we are committed to a vibrant civil society and networks in which citizens, official agencies, cultural institutions, and businesses work together in a proactive way. As is so often the case in the work of the Foundation, the aim is to develop exemplary solutions and approaches to sustainable development that are brought to life by dedicated and creative individuals on the ground.

Join us on our journey to Berlin, Griesheim, Shanghai, and the other cities where we work.

We wish you happy reading!

Robert Bosch Stiftung (Hg.)  The Magazine "Stadt" (19/2015)  Read and recommend