This is an online toolkit for how to plan and implement a City Development Strategy.

It provides tools, games and information for sustainable urban planning.

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10 top skills of an urban planner

Vision: the ability to envision physical and social alternatives to the existing urban context Data collection: often in challenging environments over a short period of time, requires not only qualitative or quantitative research skills, but also exceptional organisation skills and adapting to changing circumstances Analysis: make sense of demographic information to recognize urban trends. Analysis of the overall context, data and stakeholders make up the early stages of the planning process Understanding social and environmental impact of plans, as well

10 things every city needs to know about participation

Involving the community significantly improves the quality of data collected about local conditions, given the generally unreliability of existing data (ie mapping informal settlements). A participatory approach serves as ‘free publicity’ (raising awareness) in the community, informing all efficiently that a project will be initiated in their neighbourhood. Using a participatory approach will improve the stakeholder analysis and mobilization. Engaging locals to identify priorities, challenges and their vision for the future will increase buy-in when you’re ready to implement. Involve

10 biggest risks for planning you should have in mind

Planning is not based on recent data and accurate information. e. g. Although a settlement has continued to grow, the current structure is not studied or understood when planning the street network (The gaps in relevant data also result in project designs that lack measurable objectives, baseline data and indicators to adequately determine progress towards performance) Implementation of the planning has not been budgeted. Without linking it to financial planning, spatial planning cannot be implemented. The planning process can take

Jinja, Uganda: The Critical Role of the Mayor

Best Practice   Thematic block Improved Urban Environment, Poverty Reduction, Urban renewal   Sector Tourism, Commerce, Industry, Education, Housing   Project Description Jinja began as an urban settlement in 1901 and gained the status of a municipality in 1957. Jinja has grown to be the second largest urban center in Uganda with significant economic importance to the nation as well as the region. In 2007, the town celebrated her jubilee as a municipality and its centenary as an urban settlement.

Mumbai, India: Transformation into a World-Class City

Best Practice   Thematic block Urban renewal, Economic growth, Poverty reduction, Public private partnerships, Infrastructure improvement & service delivery   Sector Multi-sectoral   Project Description The project Transformation of Mumbai into a World Class City (Phase I, II and III) was initiated in 2005 under The World Bank, Cities Alliance and U.S. Agency for International Development. This was under the background that India’s business and financial capital is one of the world’s most densely populated metropolitan areas, and its population

Tbilisi, Georgia: CDS and Legal Frameworks

Best Practice   Thematic block City Development Strategies, National Legal framework   Sector Multi-sectoral   Project Description In 2010, the City of Tbilisi undertook the process of developing a CDS financed by the Cities Alliance, the World Bank, the city of Tbilisi and co-sponsored by GTZ and the UNDP. The Tbilisi CDS process was initiated by the Mayor of Tbilisi through his letter to the Cities Alliance Program, requesting support in the formulation of a city wide strategy. The decision

Why is a City Development Strategy so important?