The future is urban. For the first time in history, the worldwide population living in cities tops the population living in rural areas. This tendency is on the rise. However, what is associated with a growing quality of life and better opportunities for personal development in the western world, frequently means the opposite for people in the global south.
According to the United Nations, about a billion people live in slums today - in the city centers or at their edges, next to railtracks, on grass strips in the middle of traffic, crowded together in small self-built huts. In informal and insecure living conditions, without running water, sanitary facilities, electricity or any form of privacy.
Aiming to contribute to a sustainable shaping of life in urban slums, the Noah Foundation seeks to promote innovative projects which emphasizes local ownership by providing a framework for dynamic cooperation between social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, companies active in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
The Noah Foundation contributes towards the successful implementation of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), placing special emphasis on MDG 7 “ensure environmental sustainability” and target 4 “achieve a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers by 2020".