MSF Urban Spaces

In environments of conflict, poverty, epidemics, climate change and rise of the right extreme, where populations are forced to move at an unprecedented level, MSF is urged to engage its membership most effectively, to increase its audience and magnify its voice into society.

For this purpose, we need to rethink and transform the ways we associate. But where and how?

What?

MSF Urban Spaces is a project that aims to organize the mobilisation of our MSF members in support of our social mission and to create links with wider civil society. Our context is world displacement and migration response. Our urban spaces, our cities are our hubs of action.

Our aims are:

  • To increase awareness of our MSF members, friends and volunteers of difficult situation migrants and refugees are facing in our cities and create a space for them to take action, starting from their own neighbourhoods.
  • To connect and to support migrants and refugees initiatives and civil society organisations supporting them.
  • To connect our cities, learn and get inspired by one another.

How?

  • In the 6 cities of AthensIstanbulJohannesburgMexico CityMontreal and Turin we are “connecting our MSF members, civil society groups and representatives from migrants and refugees” groups.
  • The local groups of volunteers in each city develop organized action in solidarity of migrants and refugees. Over 60 MSF focal points in the cities and 50 representatives of civil societies networks and migrants and refugees’ communities, developing local activities, are currently engaged, with the aim to reach out to over 500 multipliers of action in 2019.
  • In our toolbox, we are sharing useful tools, resources and ideas on how one can take action, starting from his / her own neighbourhood.
  • We are sharing inspiring stories of people who take action in solidarity and support of migrants and refugees.
Montreal

Montreal

Athens

Athens

Turin

Turin

Istanbul

Istanbul

Mexico City

Mexico City

Johannesburg

Johannesburg

Who?

MSF Urban Spaces is an initiative supported by MSF entities in the cities of Athens, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Mexico City, Montreal and Turin and brings together a wider group of OC Associative representatives, MSF International and representatives from migrants groups and cities networks.

Urban MSF Spaces is a Transformational Investment Capacity supported project.