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Welcome to the Links page of the Global Campaign on Urban Governance.а You will find links to UN-HABITAT programmes dealing with urban governance as well as many other programmes.а For links to Urban Governance Campaign partners, please go to the Partners Page.а To add your website to this list, please send an email message to governance@unhabitat.org, including a copy of your logo and a brief description of your programme or site.

The Bremen Initiative
The Bremen initiative's goal is to promote partnership between municipality and business to achieve a sustainable future for cities. Launched by the City of Bremen in 1999, the Bremen Initiative is focused on cities -where on the one hand problems accumulate but where on the other hand solutions are more tangible.
Cities Alliance
A global alliance of cities and their development partners committed to improve the living conditions of the urban poor through action in two key areas: (i) City development strategies which reflect a shared vision for the city's future and local priorities for action to reduce urban poverty; (ii)а Citywide and nationwide slum upgrading Ц moving upgrading to scale.
This Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded project focuses on the role of improved data, indicators, and benchmarking in managing fast growing cities in the Asia region andа works closely with some of those cities to improve their operational efficiency. The project was designed to remedy the endemic data shortfalls and to demonstrate the application of indicators to urban policy formulation and implementation.а
City Poverty Net
CityPoverty is a project undertaken by the Max Lock Centre - University of Westminster,а GHK Research, WEDC - Loughborough University and supported by the Department forа International Development (DFID). This site provides a focus for debate about urban poverty and tools for the reduction of poverty in urban areas, in the context of international development policy. It is the home for two on-going research projects concerned with urban poverty issues: (a) Localising the Habitat Agenda for Urban Poverty Reduction and (b) Addressing Poverty in City Development Strategies.
Cities of Tomorrow - International Network for Better Local Governance
The network, supported by the Bertelesmann Foundation, aims to pool knowledge about local government reform; promote the exchange of experience between local governments; research practical solutions; promote the implementation of reform programmes among member countries; and disseminate the results.
CITYNET: Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human
CityNet's vision is to act as a focal point and facilitator in the Asian-Pacific region. It puts this vision into practice by promoting the exchange of expertise and experiences among various stakeholders, particularly local authorities and NGOs, and expanding bilateral relationships into a multilateral network.а
Community Planning Website Community Planning Website
Growing numbers of residents are getting involved with professionals in shaping their local environment. This website is an essential starting point for everyone concerned. It provides easily accessible how-to-do-it best practice information of international scope and relevance.
European Sustainable Cities & Towns Campaign
The Campaign supports transfer of knowledge and exchange of experience in the field of urban sustainability and Local Agenda 21 in Europe, thereby helping implement the concept of sustainable development. It provides central access to comprehensive and up-to-date information relevant to all those working towards sustainability in an urban context.
Global Development Research Centre: Urban Governance
Site focusing on the issues of accessibility, accountability, transparency and efficiency in urban governance.а Information to help understand the concept of urban governance, community development, conflict management and with special sections on leadership, the precautionary principle and women and urban governance.а Many useful links available.а
The Inclusive City
Developed by Homeless International, The inclusive city is... a place where ideas are shared, voices
аare heard, and new ideas are formed in the fight against poverty. This web site aims to play an important part of that process.а The Inclusive City explores issues of urban poverty and shares the experiences and ideas of theа urban poor themselves.
IHS: Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studiesа
IHS is an international education institute aiming at strengthening local capacities in housing, urban management and urban environmental management, with the overall objective to improve urban quality and reduce urban poverty.
IIED: International Institute for Environment and Development - Human Settlements Programme
The Human Settlements Programme's main interest lies in reducing poverty and in improving health and housing conditions among the urban populations of Latin America, Asia and Africa, especially among low-income groups. The Programme also seeks to combine this with promoting more ecologically sustainable patterns of urban
development.а The Programme publishes the journal "Environment and Urbanization".а
INTA: The International Network for Urban Development
INTA is an international network that encourages the exchange of information, experience and best practices on urban development and renewal across the world.а
Fund of Citiesа
Against Poverty
International Solidarity Fund of Cities Against Poverty
The cities of Bamako (Mali), Geneva (Switzerland) and Lyon (France) initiated, on March 5 2001, in Lyon the firstа Уinternational Solidarity Fund of Cities against Poverty.Ф The mission is to support innovating projects, meeting local demand, through programmes involving advice and expertise, logistic support of local initiatives by supplying equipment, sharing techniques, experience and knowledge.а The fund supports and promotes co-operation projects whose main purpose is to fight against poverty, inequalities and social exclusion.аа
Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative
THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC SERVICE REFORM INITIATIVE was launched in 1997 by the Open Society Institute-Budapest.а The primary mission of LGI is to foster cross-border cooperation and to support and disseminate throughout the region potentially important policy studies which should have a significant impact on public policy reform.аа http://lgi.osi.hu/index.html
MIT: Upgrading Urban Communities - A Resource for Practitioners
With funding from the Cities Alliance, the Massachussettes Institute of Technology has developed an interactive tool with choices, tradeoffs, tools, and 'hints' targeted to administrators and practitioners involved in urban upgrading.а The site promotes awareness of the critical problem of providing basic services to the rapidly increasing urban poor; captures and evaluates the growing experience from upgrading projects and programs; and structures the increasing wealth of documentation.
Metropolis is an international association of 76 global cities. It works towards developing
solutions to issues affecting large cities such as urban planning and development, the
economy, the environment, transport, infrastructure and communications.
Toolkit for Citizen Participation in Local Governance
The toolkit offers information on tools which promote citizen participation in local governance. Over one hundred of cases are described and analysed. The site also presents articles and links for further reference. The toolkit aims to promote citizen participation in local governance through: the exchange of experiences; the promotion of methodological tools; and through networking. The Toolkit is sponsored by Novib/Oxfam Netherlands, Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), Cordaid (Netherlands), and Dutch Habitat Platform.а
UNDP: MagNet: Management and Governance Network
The UNDP's Management Development and Governance Division (MDGD) provides support to UNDPТs efforts to promote good governance.а The Division gives substantive support and has programmatic activities in six areas: Governing institutions; Decentralised governance; Public sector management and accountability; Urban development; Governance in crisis countries; Capacity development.а
UNDP: Public Private Partnerships for the Urban Environment (PPPUE)
PPPUE is a UNDP Bureau for Development Policy facility that brings together government, private business & civil society to poolа resources & skills to improve basic services at local levels.
UNESCAP: Human Settlements Section
The mandate of ESCAP, as the Regional Commission for Asia and the Pacific, is to act as the main economic and social development centre of the United Nations system within the Asia and the Pacific region and as executing agency for inter-country development projects in their own right.а Extensive information on the Habitat Agenda, urbanisation, governance, urban poverty, land, gender and other human settlements issues in Asia.а
UN-HABITAT: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
With the United Nations mandate for cities, UN-HABITAT features many programmes active in the areas of urban governance, including:
UNIFEM:а Urban Governance: Why Gender Matters (publication)
Urban governance must be gender-sensitive if it is to be equitable, sustainable and effective. Participation and civic engagement are critical determinants of good governance, a concept which addresses issues of social equity and political legitimacy and not merely the efficient management of infrastructure and services. The different ways in which women and men participate in and benefit from urban governance are significantly shaped by prevailing constructions of gender, whose norms, expectations and institutional expressions constrain women's access to the social and economic, and thus political, resources of the city.
UNRISD: Urban Governance Researchа
The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)'s work on urban governance seeks to identify emerging processes for incorporating the voices of the excluded in decision making at the local level. Research on these questions typically includes inputs from and, where possible, collaborations among CBOs, NGOs, formal research entities and local authorities.
Urban Governance, Partnership and Poverty:
ESCOR-funded Research in Ten Cities: 1998-2001.а A three-year ESCOR-funded research project carried out by the University of Birmingham, in conjunction with IIED, LSE, Cardiff and local researchers, has been looking at the relationship between urban governance and poverty in ten cities in the South.
URBANET provides its users with selected, up-to-date information on decentralization, the strengthening of local self-government and sustainable urban development. The network addresses experts of German-Technical-Cooperation and its associated members, as well as politicians, local governance experts and professionals in the field of Decentralization, Urban and Municipal Development.аа
World Bank: PovertyNet
PovertyNet is a World Bank web site developed to provide resources for people and organizations working to understand and alleviate poverty. Many resources available, including links to the World Development Report, Voices of the Poor, and PovertyNet electronic newsletter.
World Bank: Urban Development Home Page
Site organised along the following themes: City Development Strategy; Disaster Management; Land & Real Estate;
Local Economic Development; Municipal Finance; Upgrading Urban Communities; Urban Poverty; Urban Waste Management.а Links available include the World Bank's Local and Urban Government Strategy paper and the Urban Chapter of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Sourcebook.а
WHO: Healthy Cities Programme
The WHO Healthy Cities Program seeks health opportunities in development. A Healthy Cities project aims: to put health on the agenda of decision makers; to build a strong lobby for public health; and to develop holistic, popular, participatory approaches to dealing with health issues.
WACLAC: World Secretariat of Cities and Local Government
WACLAC is the world alliance of international associations of cities and local authorities committed to
responsible and effective local self-government for sustainable development. Its mission is to represent the
local government sector in the international arena and in particular with the United Nations.а


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