Authors:
Juan M. Graña is an Economist (UBA), Doctor in Economics (UBA). Researcher at CONICET, at the Center for Studies on Population, Employment and Development (CEPED-UBA).
María Belén Fodde is a Political Scientist (UBA). Master in Urban Policy, Analysis and Management and doctoral student in Public and Urban Policy (The New School). Researcher and teacher at The New School and Barnard College, New York.
Vladimiro S. Torres is an Economist (UBA). Master in Economic Development (UNSAM). Economic Analyst at Ecolatina and Professor of National Accounts at FCE-UBA.


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Margarita Gutman is an Architect and Doctor in History of Architecture (UBA), Full Professor Consultation (FADU UBA), Professor Emerita and Director of the Latin American Observatory (OLA) at The New School, New York.
Michael Cohen has a PhD in Political Economy, University of Chicago. Director of the Doctoral Program in Public and Urban Policies, and Director of the Latin American Observatory (OLA) at The New School, New York.

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Cities are the fundamental terrain of daily life. It is where people work, live, walk, love, build their families and dream. Thinking about a more just and supportive future means thinking about more inclusive, safe cities with adequate work, therefore, “just cities.” Latin America is the most urbanized region in the developing world. Two-thirds of the Latin American population lives in cities of 20,000 inhabitants or more and almost 80% in urban areas. The cities of Latin America are full of contrasts. They are the place where poverty and extreme poverty rub shoulders daily with wealth and extreme wealth. Large capitals such as Buenos Aires or Mexico City are often known, but the highly populated cities in their surroundings are not known: La Matanza or Ixtapalapa. Cities on the margins of large cities, very populated, where many people live with fewer or few resources, people who often live and work in precarious conditions, especially in the informal sector, without work contracts or social security, and even more so, young people. Our idea is to stimulate a debate on the just city, empirically integrated, to think about and improve the situation of urban young inhabitants who live in these large, more marginal, cities.

In this sense, this document is a beginning and a joint effort between the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) in Argentina, the municipality of La Matanza through its Secretariat of Science, Technology and Educational Policies and the Observatory on Latin America (OLA), from The New School of New York. Its objective is to comprehensively address the problem of digital inclusion of young people – aged 16 to 29 – with a high level of vulnerability through the analysis, evaluation and proposals for shared institutional learning of the training program organized for this purpose by the municipality of La Matanza. This study calls us to find a common framework that allows us to analyze the favorable and unfavorable factors in the development of digital capabilities of those who live, work and/or train there. This common framework is intended to be applied in the analysis of other problems considered urgent in various cities. For these reasons, the promotion of the development of just cities as a guiding principle of these actions will be complemented with other studies, addressing other topics, such as the just transition.

In this way, this set of studies will provide decision makers with a common framework for the analysis of the problems detected, allowing them to think about urban development policies that consider the “just city” from various perspectives: technological, educational, environmental care, health. Finding the tools that guide the promotion of the citizen capacities necessary to participate, guide, promote and collectively appropriate these developments. Detecting specific needs, evaluating the results achieved from an institutional perspective that encompasses programs and projects to satisfy them, will favor the creation and construction of a demand that guides municipal policies in a comprehensive manner.

Labor Inclusion for the Fair City: Digital Training for Young People from La Matanza

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