GAP Partner Constituent Group – Foundations & Philanthropies

Organization Description

logo-GAP-300x296The General Assembly of Partners (GAP) is an engagement platform that that aims to support stakeholder contributions to the ‘New Urban Agenda,’ the outcome document of the Habitat III Conference to be held in Quito, Ecuador in October, 2016. For more information about the ‘New Urban Agenda’ see the Habitat III website.

GAP consists of 16 Partner Constituent Groups (PCG) with members from the United Nations’ nine major groups, the Habitat Agenda Partners and other relevant stakeholders.  PCGs are involved with the advancement of new ideas and methodologies in the field of sustainable urbanization and human settlement development, including but not limited to, public spaces and streets, urban transport and mobility, climate change and environment, energy, housing and slum upgrading, safety and security in cities.

GAP member organizations are mapped and searchable on this website’s member directory under Type: General Assembly of Partners

 The General Assembly of Partners will meet several times in different regions of the world: October, 2015 (New York), December, 2015 (Paris), March (TBA), 2015, Indonesia (July), 2016, October (Quito), 2016 and May (Nairobi) 2017.

The Foundations and Philanthropies PCG represents non-governmental entities established as independent, separately constituted non-profit bodies with their own established and reliable sources of income. They are usually but not exclusively funded by an endowment, and have their own governing boards. They have been given goods, rights, and resources to perform work and provide support for public benefit purposes, either by supporting organizations or individuals or by operating their own programs. They do not have members, but associate private resources for public interest purposes.

Membership is open to all stakeholders with an interest in sustainable urbanization (a group or person may join only one PCG). To join a PCG, send an email to the contact listed with copies to and

Foundations and Philanthropies PCG Co-chairs

  1. Luis Miguel Artieda, Fundacion Avina
  2. Ali Khan, The European Foundation Centre (Brussels)

2017 Elections

The Foundations & Philanthropies PCG underwent a change process in leadership when Ana Marie Argilagos (Ford Foundation) and Oscar Fergutz (Fundacion Avina) stepped down late 2016 / early 2017. The PCG decided that Ali Khan (European Foundation Centre) will take over Ford Foundation´s place as Co-Chair and that Luis Miguel Artieda (Fundacion Avina) will replace Oscar Fergutz in the same role. As our PCG has already undergone this renewal process, having the EFC elected for the 2017-2018 period, we propose that Avina Foundation´s position to be voted in 2018, after the World Urban Forum and that EFC´s position will be voted in 2019.



San Jose
Costa Rica

Contact Person

Oscar Fergutz, co-chair

  • Topics

    • UN Habitat III
  • types

    • GAP Members
  • regions

    • South America
  • scales

    • International
  • focus

    • International