ACE Project

A global learning exchange to mainstream equity
into sustainable urban development policy and practice

The ACE Project has the mission of mainstreaming equity into sustainable urban development policy and practice, aiming to accelerate the implementation of practices found to be most catalytic in cities.

Through storytelling and the exchange of knowledge and practical experience among a global community of practice, the ACE project is identifying how equity—improving the health and well-being of all residents, not just a few—can drive sustainable development in cities worldwide. 

At acehealthequity.org, our Active-Learning Resource Center, you can find the project's learnings, tools and available resources to date.

The ACE Project was launched in 2022 with the generous support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).  

ACE Network


Alongside 200+ community leaders, policymakers, urban health scholars and practitioners from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Oceania, and the U.S. & Canada, the ACE Project studies initiatives that improve the lives of communities around the world.

From the assessment of these experiences from the ground, we create actionable tools to drive equity in specific contexts – such as our Starter Kit and our Stories from the Field short videos, where representatives of the ACE network share their insights and tell their stories about sustainable and equitable urban development.

What Equity Means


THAT we all have what we need to thrive,
no matter who we are and where we live, now and for FUTURE generations. 

For that we must: recognize and represent excluded experiences and perspectives; strengthen community participation and power; distribute resources, opportunities, and burdens fairly; address systemic obstacles and shift to new, fairer systems; and steward resources for future generations, including the children of today.

Learn more with Equity into Action: A Starter Kit 

ACE Regional Leads

AFRICA 

Kounkuey Design Initiative 

Coming soon: report of the regional meeting held in Nairobi, Kenya, on September 30, 2023 

ASIA 

Asian Coalition for Housing Rights 

Coming soon: report of the regional meeting held in Kathmandu, Nepal, on January 27-29, 2023 

EUROPE 

 

Placemaking Europe 

 

Click here for the report of the regional meeting held in Bergen, Norway on June 26-28, 2023 

LATIN AMERICA 

Belo Horizonte Observatory for Urban Health 

Coming soon: report of the regional meeting held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on September 12-15, 2023 

OCEANIA 

Cities Institute – University of New South Wales 

Coming soon: report of the regional meeting held in Sydney, Australia on August 28-30, 2023 

U.S. & CANADA 

Next City 

Coming soon: report of the ACE activities held in Atlanta, USA, on November 6-10, 2023 

ACE Project Funding

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Support for this project was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.

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North American Regional Hub

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Oceania Regional Hub

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ACE Project Leadership

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Carlos Dora, MD — Project Co-Director



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Giselle Sebag, MPH, LEED AP — Project Co-Director



ACE Project Team

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Lia Brum, MSc — ACE Project Manager



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Camilla Calamandrei, MA — ACE Storytelling and Content Development



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Camille Medema, MPH, BSN RN — ACE Project Research Assistant



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Araliya Ming Senerat, MPH, PMP — Research Associate



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Patrin Watanatada, MA – Distilling and Sharing Insights on Accelerating City Equity



Other Research, Communications and Administration Support Provided by the International Society for Urban Health.

Learn more about the ACE Project at our Active-Learning Resource Center:  

acehealthequity.org 

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