An integrated toolbox for deprived neighbourhoods. A local development strategy for neighbourhoods and areas of priority Intervention
Rundown segregated areas | Mapping Envisioning Decision-making Mainstreaming
Source: municipality
Source: municipality
Keywords: Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods | Inclusion and equity | Participation | Social Innovation | Urban Renewal


The Lisbon (PT) Local Development Strategy for Priority Intervention areas provides the city with a range of integrated toolbox based on a co-governance process. It organises and brings together a bottom-up participatory perspective that ensures a horizontal and collaborative local approach, to decrease and mitigate social, economic, environmental and urban exclusion and enhance social territorial cohesion. The tools used vary from neighbourhood mapping, a Local Partnerships Program funding local projects to a bottom-up co-governance model to promote employment, education and social-territorial cohesion. The results were visible at municipality and community levels.

This good practice shows a co-construction of policies and strategies, concerning social and territorial cohesion and sustainable urban living, through a participative framework involving the community, sharing with the stakeholders the decisions, commitment and accountability in the implementation of BIP/ZIP Local Development Strategy.

BIP/ZIP strategy empowers the community to develop an integrated intervention through a bottom-up co-governance model that assures sustainable actions in deprived territories.

This approach is sustained by meaningful actions, assuring that these initiatives promote change with real impacts in the community. This strategy is designed to accommodate the different capability and maturity levels of each community. It is action and results’ oriented, so it can be flexible and adaptable to different realities and experiences. This flexibility is the key to actions and partnerships sustainability.



BIP/ZIP Mapping identifies the Priority Intervention Territories of the city, according to the overlapping of Social, Economic, Urban and Environmental deprivation indexes that express the fracture of the city.


Envisioning: co-creating vision

Collaborative Platform for Community-Led Local Development (CLLD), is a bottom-up co-governance network that develops a global strategy to BIP/ZIP territories and promotes experience, sharing to enhance local partners’ skills.



BIP/ZIP Program, funds and ignites local community projects aimed to respond to local needs, promoting local organisations partnerships and empowering population to a sustainable urban development.



GABIP local offices, develops a co-governance framework involving Municipality, Local Boroughs and all relevant stakeholders and citizens organisations. They promote an articulated response among the political, administrative and technical dimensions with local organisations and community. A new Local Development Department has been created in the Municipality, which means the recognition of the local development in BIP/ZIP territories.


The BIP/ZIP Program supports activities and projects in BIP/ZIP neighbourhoods, and it’s one of the most participative processes of the city. This Program ignites local initiative, developed in partnership with Local Boroughs, local associations and NGOs, aimed at fostering social and territorial cohesion in Lisbon. In the six editions of the Program, a total of 232 projects has been approved, gathering 532 entities (152 stakeholders and 380 partners). These projects generated a total of 1 466 activities developed in BIP/ZIP territories, impacting an average of approximately 98 600 inhabitants each year. Each annual edition of the Program is presented in an empowerment workshop to share experiences and good practices of previous editions that may be adopted by new candidates and applied in other BIP/ZIP territories. These workshops have been attended, each year, by an average of 180 associations.


City information

Population size: 501 th - 1 m
Population development dynamics within the city administrative limits (at the time of the project): Stable
Population development dynamics of the functional urban area (at the time of the project): Growing
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Project information

Project territorial scale: Neighbourhood
Project geographical area: No data/not applicable
Project/building proportions: No data/not applicable; Project Area: No data/not applicable
Project main actors: City Government; NGO, Philanthropy; Resident association, group, citizens
Project dominant property ownership: Public
Project development stage (at the time of description): On-going
Project duration: More than 5 years
Project starting date: Before 2010

Project references (web pages, social media or press publications)

Contact Person

Miguel Brito, Head Local Development Department, Lisbon City Council