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Winning Innovations From the Global Mayors Challenge

Each selected city will receive $1 million and expert support to develop a program that provides solutions around sustainability, equity and inclusion.

A street vendor in the city of Rourkela, India, where a winning project will provide cold-storage units to women’s co-ops.

A street vendor in the city of Rourkela, India, where a winning project will provide cold-storage units to women’s co-ops.

Source: Bloomberg Philanthropies

A digital marketplace that supports tree planting, a citywide mutual aid network and a smart waste system that will improve urban water quality are among the winning projects of the 2021-2022 Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Mayors Challenge.

The 15 winners were picked out of 631 applicant cities for their work creating ambitious urban innovations in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a Jan. 18 announcement from Bloomberg Philanthropies. Spanning six continents, the chosen projects seek improvements in the areas of economic recovery and inclusive growth, health and well-being, climate and environment, and gender and equality.