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аTools for Good Urban Governanceа

Within the context of the Global Campaign on Urban Governance, UN-HABITAT, where possible jointly with its partners is developing a series of tools to support the capacity-building efforts of cities and their partners.а Tools are reusable solutions to urban development problems which can be adapted to different local contexts or specific conditions.а Such tools include approaches, processes, methods and "best practices" which operationalize the Campaign's principles of good urban governance.а The tools should be consistently applied, systematically documented, available to the public and kept up to date. The strategy is to develop a series of toolkits on areas of specific interest to local authorities and their partners.

Activities to Date

  • Toolkit to Support Participatory Urban Decision-Making.а In September 2001, the Campaign launched the first in a series of tools to help local authorities and their partners improve the quality of urban governance.а The Toolkit responds to the demand by practitioners for support in applying participatory approaches to urban planning and management.а The Toolkit features a harmonised approach to participatory urban decision making through a city consultation process, profiles 18 specific tools which have been applied and demonstrated through various technical cooperation programmes of UN-HABITAT and describes the linkages between each of these specific tools and the relevant principles of good urban governance. The Toolkit also provides references to additional 37 tools, including those developed and/or used by other organizations and partners. The Toolkit can be directly accessed through the web and will soon be available in Cd-Rom and in hard-copy.аGo to the Toolkit.
  • Tools Database. Currently, a Database of tools pertaining to the application of key normative principles of urban governance is being compiled and developed. The aim is to establish a web-based Database of tools which facilitates the search for, and access to tools by local authorities and their partners and also researchers and other users. The Database is expected to be mounted on the web during the second half of 2002 and once launched, it will be kept up to date to ensure its continuous importance and usability
  • Toolkit for Promoting Transparent Urban Governance.а In April 2001, Transparency International and UN-HABITAT signed a Memorandum of Understanding and agreed to develop a toolkit to build capacity for greater transparency and accountability in local government. The toolkit will be available in 2002 and will cover topics such as Integrity Pacts, local government procurement procedures, codes of conduct, public hearings, monitoring, independent audits and ombudsmen.
  • Participatory Budgeting Toolkit.а In collaboration with the UN-HABITAT Regional Office for Latin America and the Carribean and Urban Management Programme's Latin America and Caribbean office, the campaign is producing a toolkit to support participatory budgeting.а The toolkit draws on the valuable experiences of cities such as Porto Alegre, Brazil and Villa El Salvador, Peru, to develop guidelines and methodologies for making the municipal budgeting process more participatory.а The toolkit is expected to be available in 2002.

For more information, please contact:

Global Campaign on Urban Governance
P.O. Box 30030, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: (254-2) 623216, Fax: (254-2) 624264
E-mail: governance@unhabitat.org
Website: http://www.unhabitat.org/governance


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