Shaping the Future of Urban Development – How can National Policies and Programmes Achieve Inclusion in our Cities?

Workshop Session 1
October 6, 16:30 – 18:00, Venue: Umweltforum/Plenum
Language: English


Sarah Habersack, Technical Advisor, Inclusive Cities Partnership Programme

Edward Sarpong, Technical Professional, Decentralization Programme, Ghana

Fatima Beg, Technical Professional, Governance Support Programme, South Africa


Edward Sarpong, Support for Decentralisation Reforms Programme, Ghana

Markus Nuding, Governance Support Programme, South Africa

Sarah Habersack, Inclusive Cities Partnership Programme

Kasinath Anbu, Inclusive Cities Partnership Programme

René Peter Hohmann, Cities Alliance

Mohammed Alhassan, Ghana Town planning Department


Anka Derichs, Policy Advice for Urban Development, Germany


The growth and development of cities play an increasingly important role in the overall development of any country. More and more national governments are therefore realizing the necessity to plan and influence the way their cities are developing. The planned urban SDG and the upcoming HABITAT III Conference in 2016 at the global level are additionally increasing pressures on governments to formulate dedicated “National Urban Policies” and related urban development implementation frameworks and programmes.
This increasing importance of the urban sector has impacted GIZ programmes: some programmes have been specifically requested to offer advisory services in the design of National Urban Policies (NUP) and Implementation Programmes.

This workshop will showcase and analyse comparatively these cases (India, Ghana, South Africa) specifically analysing what kind of urban development these policies and programmes are actually promoting. These national interventions will be further assessed against their ability to address the needs of marginalized groups and people living and working in informality, which form the majority of the urban population in many countries. This exchange between the three countries will be enriched by learnings from the Cities Alliance’s experiences in fostering NUP and inclusive urban development.

Based on these concrete examples, conclusions for future GIZ advisory approaches in the implementation of the urban SDG and Habitat III (in which NUP and implementation programmes will be key components) shall be drawn.

The workshop will be structured in three parts:

1. Understanding the global framework:
Input on the role and relevance of National Urban Policies in the context of global urban agenda and processes such as Sustainable Development Goals and Habitat III from Cities Alliances

2. Zooming into national experiences:
Short presentations and comparative analysis of three country cases (IND, GHA, RSA) experience regarding the following key questions:

What can be achieved through National Urban Policy/Programme in our partner countries? What kind of urban development are those policies and programmes promoting?

What are the strengths and weaknesses of the national urban policies/programmes in fostering inclusiveness and addressing the challenges of marginalized groups and the informal sector?

Which implementation mechanisms have proven successful in achieving positive developments on the ground and addressing needs of urban, and especially disadvantaged, citizens?

3. Analysing GIZ’s past and future contributions:
Joint analysis and conclusions (moderated panel discussion) with the following guiding questions:

What can we learn from the presented experiences for national policies/programmes on fostering inclusive cities in future?

What are GIZ’s strengths and weaknesses in advising our partners in this specific policy field? How can further develop our advisory services for our partners and potential commissioning parties?


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