Scaling Up Slum Upgrading from Projects to Policy

Overview



With over than 1 billion people living in slums around the world, there is an increasing need from rapidly urbanizing countries to move interventions from project-based to policy and programmatic approaches. This will require not only scaling up financial resources and long-term political commitments, but also better understanding of the successful experiences of national governments in establishing and instituting policies and programs for slum upgrading and prevention. Responding to this, the World Bank Institute, in partnership with Cities Alliance (CA), UN-Habitat, GTZ, and IADB have launched a joint initiative to document, analyze, and disseminate information to better understand what worked, what did not work, and why in scaling up upgrading and slum prevention. The objective of this study is to fill the current knowledge and capacity gap on slum upgrading and prevention policies and programmatic approaches at the national and sub-national levels in 15 identified countries across the globe.

Approach


Thestudy applies three approaches: country-specific Knowledge Development; a comprehensive Learning Program; and facilitation of Knowledge Exchange.

  • Knowledge Development focuses on capturing experiences in 15 countries (including countries in East Asia, South Asia, Middle East & North Africa, Africa, & Latin America) on what has worked, what has not worked, and why. The work focuses on questions including: policy framework and reform process; main policy issues; formulation and implementation of policies and programs; mobilization of political and financial support; financial cost; institutional reforms and capacity building efforts; evaluation and impact assessment process; and main lessons learned for replication.
  • Learning Program shares the outcomes from the country studies with policy makers and practitioners through an e-learning course on the national policy framework and approaches to slum upgrading and prevention, and through regional and in-country workshops held in CA member countries. The learning program is modular, and can be tailored to specific country and regional needs.
  • Knowledge Exchange enables the exchange of knowledge through a global web-portal that houses the analytical and learning resources, and facilitates a peer learning network among policymakers, practitioners, and other relevant actors for one-on-one and shared learning on national policies and approaches to slum upgrading and prevention.
Audience


Cities Alliance member countries, national governments (housing and urban development ministries), sub-national governments (state and local governments), and other practitioners such as academia, the private sector, and NGOs.

Global Partners


Cities Alliance member countries, national governments (housing and urban development ministries), sub-national governments (state and local governments), and other practitioners such as academia, the private sector, and NGOs.

Timeline


August 2009 – June 2011

Upcoming Events

Activity “Field Notes”

Objective: The objective of this activity it to provide an-going discussion and knowledge sharing space for consultants and practitioners from 15 selected countries to exchange experiences, and information/ documentation with each other as we conduct the field-work. The discussions will be held in three groups of five countries, where local consultants will bring forth their findings, share information with each other.
Suggested structure of activity:E-discussion; Possible training forum for local consultants?
Resources:

  • Methodology: Instructions for Field Work
  • Template for In-Country Data Collection
  • Delphi Survey

Moderator: Anushay, Andre, Local Consultants

Dates: July/September, 2010 – March 2011 (this will be decided after our meeting on May 11)

Recent Events


March 25, 2010, Experts at WUF, soliciting feedback at a lively gathering at the recent World Urban Forum , hearing reactions from practitioners, experts, students, and researchers alike on the new study.

General Resources


General Contact


Andre Herzog at aherzog@worldbank.org and
Anushay Anjum at aanjum@worldbank.org



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