HealthBridge works with partners world-wide to improve health and health equity through research, policy and action.

Street, Market, and Open Public Spaces Implementation Projects


Public spaces, such as open public spaces, markets, and streets in low and middle-income countries are used for public life, commerce and interaction. However, lack of funds, planning, and maintenance, as well as priority for motorized vehicles, has turned many public spaces into unsafe, unforgiving and unconnected places.  In order to address this problem, we are implement pilot public space projects in:

  • Africa – Accra, Ghana; Niamey, Niger; and Kampala, Uganda
  • Asia – Dhaka, Bangladesh; Calicut and Kochi, India; HoiAn, Vietnam;
  • South America – São Paulo, Brazil.

The local partners we work with in each of these cities have strong, constructive relationships with local government officials and the community. In addition, the projects are a mix of public spaces and each reflect a different focus area or target population.  This will provide us an opportunity to learn by testing different approaches that can potentially be applied to different communities and countries.



Accra, Ghana; Niamey, Niger; Kampala, Uganda; Dhaka, Bangladesh; Calicut, India, Kochi, India, HoiAn, Vietnam, São Pualo, Brazil



March 2018 to February 2019

Expected Results

The ultimate outcome that this project will contribute is improved safety, inclusivity and accessibility of public spaces for all, which supports more compact, integrated and connected, socially inclusive cities and neighbourhoods in partner cities.  This specific project will result in:

  • Increased number of community members participating in a public space design process.
  • Increased number of women, children, people living with disabilities participating in a public space design process.
  • Increased participation of community public space development.
  • Increased number of public space improvements that could be applied to other public space settings.
  • Increased access to public spaces by priority populations (low-income; women; children; youth; older persons; persons living with disabilities).
  • Increased number of plans to maintain public spaces.
  • Increased capacity among decision-makers to develop and maintain parks.
  • Increased awareness among decision-makers that public spaces are an important policy issue