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Urban Innovations Project

Project Overview


Background

Since 2006, UN-Habitat and other international agencies identified the urgent need for reformed urban planning systems to address urban challenges in the global south. In particular, there is growing consensus that planners and designers are a key entry point for addressing challenges in the rapidly emerging urban centers and sprawling cities.

The Challenge

In Africa, the inevitable consequences of rapid urbanization decoupled from economic growth are extreme levels of urban poverty, unemployment, pervasive slum conditions and survival supported primarily by the informal sector.

These problems reflect a long history of inequitable power relations, democratic institutional failure and skewed exclusive urban policy and planning processes. Planners trained in traditional methodologies have often been criticized as being part of the problem. Unless urban planning and design are transformed to help create public oversight over land use and refashion inequitable relations, sustainable urban development will remain elusive.

The Approach

The overall objective of UIP is to create a forum for exploring innovative methodologies for enabling professional planners and designers be more responsive and effective in addressing challenges in contemporary and future African urban settlements.

A key part of the approach is nurturing collaborative planning processes that are participatory, transparent, democratic and receptive to solid research and technical input.

The initiative will be met through three interlinked activities or components: Applied Urban Research and City Lab; Urban Planning and Design Studios; and Urban Policy, Planning Dialogue and Continuous Professional Development courses.

 

Sustainable Buildings Policies in Developing Countries

The SPOD Project aims to create the capacity for countries to establish a policy foundation for mainstreaming sustainable construction of building, resulting in reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and to assist developing countries in efforts of poverty alleviation, social equity and economic prosperity. SPOD will provide a Quick-Scan Tool  (hereinafter referred to as "QST") for government to evaluate relevant policy measures according to existing barriers and opportunities at national and local level.  The Project will also develop Policy Building Blocks (hereinafter referred to as "PBB"), which consists of tools and methodologies to design and employ the most suitable sustainable building policy tools.  The Quick-scan tool and policy building blocks will be tested and verified in the two pilot locations, Nairobi Kenya and Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).  The outputs of the project will be disseminated through an innovative strategy of partner networks.

 

2012 February December 2013
Integrated Regional Development Plan 2010-2040

The Ewaso Ng‘iro North River Basin Integrated Regional Development Plan is a long-term plan that aims at developing an integrated development framework for the region for a period of 30 years (2010 – 2040). It articulates the aims of equitable regional development to meet the regional and national development goals. It also proposes strategies and policies geared towards achieving the ENNDA‘s mandates.
This plan has been prepared in line with the Regional Development Policy and the provisions of the Physical Planning Act Cap 286 of the Laws of Kenya. The plan is the first of its kind prepared to address the global goal of sustainable human settlement and the unique challenges facing the ENNDA region. The plan addresses the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Kenya‘s National Policy blueprint, Vision 2030. It employs a participatory approach to planning, recognising the stakeholders and resource realities of the region.
The plan consists of the written statements and graphical representation of the existing and proposed interventions. The following paragraphs are an exposition of the vision and mission statements, goals, objectives, methodology, policy and legal context that sets the stage for the rest of the document.

2010 2040