Local Pathways Initiative – Bijar City


Bijar is a historical city with the global handmade carpet brand of Bidjar Rugs by virtue of their design and technique.60% of total population of Bijar are under 39 years of age, and most of them are educated. Although these social capitals are ready to contribute their energy, creativity and capacity for activism, boundless imagination and ability to conceive of a better world But inhospitable city land use and landscape with portion of 30% urban decay of built environment; rate of unemployment, and lack of Local economic development strategies to take the cultural economy into account make the city blighted as reasons of the rise in number of migration.


As a LocalPathways Fellow, Shadnaz Azizi with her colleagues aim to explore how Bijar in kordestan province can achieve SDG 11.3 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (which cited: By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries) to eliminate “blight” from the Bijar city. More at localpathways.org