Municipalities under Pressure: How to Develop Capacities in Local Government for Meeting Existing and Future Challenges

Workshop Session 2
October 7, 11:45 – 13:15, Venue: Umweltforum/Plenum
Language: English

Organisers and Speakers

Sarah Habersack, Advisor, Inclusive Cities India

Eva Ringhof, Advisor, Social Development Specialist, CDIA Philippines

Manfred Poppe, Project Manager, Connective Cities, Germany

Anne Hitzegrad, Advisor, Coopération Municipale (CoMun), Tunisia

Terence Smith, Senior Professional, Inclusive Violence and Crime Prevention for Safe Public Spaces (VCP), South Africa

Organiser and Moderator

Tina Silbernagl, Project Manager, Inclusive Violence and Crime Prevention for Safe Public Spaces (VCP), South Africa

Combined with an enormous growth pressure, cities are becoming complex systems in a global environment without borders. Cities increasingly bear the brunt of challenges caused by, for example, growing migration and climate-related disasters, and are sites where populations immediately and tangibly experience the functioning of government in the course of everyday life.

However, in most developing country contexts, growing urban challenges are typically met by an ever changing political and administrative setting within municipalities, with often very high levels of staff turn-over. Furthermore, aspects of good urban governance, sustainability and inclusiveness, as well as the actual capacity of cities to deliver the services citizens demand or deserve too often take a back seat in national/provincial policies and guidelines, resulting in inadequate urban development, as well as lack of participation and ownership. Additionally, due to insufficient capacity and political will, soft issues (ability to build and sustain relationships, internalize values and principles, commitment and loyalty) and marginalized groups are often sidelined in municipal development strategies, budget plans and institutional set-ups.

Capacity Development interventions – targeting in particular individual and institutional capacities – are therefore crucial in order to equip urban stakeholders such as municipal staff, urban politicians, business representatives or civil society organisations in shaping sustainable urban development, adequate service delivery, and reliable, participatory and accountable decision-making processes. GIZ programmes around the world share a common framework on how to support the Capacity Development that is also applicable to cities. In this setting, however, we make different experiences with regards to effectiveness, sustainability and, critically, the integration of cities’ capacity needs into larger national and provincial programmes and policies.

The presenters of this workshop will reflect on different approaches to holistically and sustainably strengthen the capacity of municipalities with regard to the all concerned urban stakeholders as well as the institutions themselves, in order to plan for sustainable urban development, improve service delivery and strengthen good urban governance.

Topics of the WS

Capacity Development for municipalities on different aspects of the CD framework

Capacity Development at local, regional and global levels in shaping urban development more sustainably and ensuring a liveable urban environment

Capacity Development interventions with a potential to become sustainably embedded in the context of inter-/national/provincial/local policies/strategies/programmes

The key questions that this workshop will work on with examples from the global, regional and local level

To what degree does this global, regional or local intervention work along the four areas of the CD framework (individual, institution, policy and cooperation), why and with what results?

What are the interventions’ lessons with regards to the five CW success factors (with a focus on impact/effectiveness and sustainability)

    Strategy – what is the underlying CD strategy and the intended changes at the individual/systems/policy and cooperation level?; what is the strategy for a larger CD framework for municipalities to be adapted by political Partners?
    Cooperation – what are relevant partners and how can they support the development of a ‘learning system’?; what role can peer/urban networks Play?
    Management Structure
    Processes – how was the CD measure initiated, implemented and reviewed? What are the insights with regards to successful retention of the target-group?
    Learning and Innovation – how was success/impact measured? how was the learning process anchored at a meta-level (i.e. not at the target-group level but at a larger national, regional or global level); is there a potential for up-scaling/replication?

On a meta-level

Which CD approach has proven successful (impact) and why?

What is our (GIZ’s) comparative strength? What are our limitations?

What are the opportunities for GIZ in the future given that CD will be a key topic under the implementation of SDG 11 and Habitat III? Which approaches could be scalable solutions for greater and quicker impact?

How can we reach providers of capacity development (training institutes, universities, peer-networks, city associations, etc.) of our partners?

The WS focuses on effective approaches to Capacity Development for strengthening local government/ municipalities and allows for exchange between global, regional and national urban development programmes from Asia and Africa.

It provides the platform for sharing of best practices, worst draw-backs and developing a good understanding of the broad range of Capacity Development approaches at different scales and their potential for up-scaling.

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