Strategic Capacity Development Component

The strategic capacity development component forms part of the UK FCDO Global Future Cities Programme and was developed by the UK Built Environment Advisory Group (UKBEAG) in close collaboration with UN-Habitat. The aim of the strategic capacity development component is to complement the other elements of the programme, to consider some of the barriers and enablers to sustainable urbanisation and to help ensure the programme’s long-term impact.

The City-to-City Knowledge Exchange programme comprised a series of four online events between 5 August and 4 November 2021. The aim of the series was to enable cities to share their experiences, to learn from each other, to build relationships with one another and to encourage city ownership of the programme while laying the foundation for the Country-level Events that were to follow. Each event comprised a series of four short presentations from city stakeholders framing the following aspects:

  • project background and objectives
  • desired outcomes and impacts
  • project scope and status
  • challenges and opportunities
  • lessons learnt and key risks.

City-to-City Knowledge Exchange

The City-to-City Knowledge Exchange brought to the fore the shared challenges that cities face, and the shared opportunities available. The commonality of experience was striking. Each event featured a series of four presentations with interlocking themes. Cities were invited to contribute based on a combination of factors, including:

  • the level of interest in a specific project shown by other cities in the programme via their responses to the Capacity Needs Assessment
  • the relevance of each project in relation to the five key thematic areas
  • the capacity development needs identified by respondents to the Capacity Needs Assessment.

05 August - Session 1

  • Iskandar: Implementation Strategy for Smart Integrated Mobility Management System (SIMMS) and Evidence-Based Urban and Transport Planning 
  • Melaka: Melaka Mobility Plan 
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Development of Geographical Information System for Drainage Network in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (GIS project)
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Development of Smart Ticketing System of Public Transport Network in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (STS project)

02 September - Session 2

  • Istanbul: Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) 
  • Ankara: Bicycle Strategy, Masterplan & Pilot Implementation for Integrated non-motorised Multimodal Transport
  • Belo Horizonte: Intelligent Mobility in Expresso Amazonas
  • Durban: Enhanced Institutional Governance Coordination for Supporting Alignment of Stakeholder Plans working on Transit-Oriented Development

14 October 2021 - Session 3

  • Bandung, Indonesia: Development of an Integrated Public Transport System in Bandung
  • Bangkok, Thailand: Integrated Data Hub for Bangkok Metropolitan Administration
  • Bangkok, Thailand: Flood Management Decision Support System
  • Bangkok, Thailand: Transit-Oriented Development Plan for Khlong Bang Luang Area

04 November 2021 - Session 4

  • Abeokuta: Public Transport Policy
  • New Clark City: Sustainability unit
  • Durban: Improved Data Integration, Collection and Analysis to Facilitate Collaborative Informal Settlement Action
  • Cape Town: Implementation of Data Strategy & Economics Capacity Building

Subject Matter Experts

Each event was supported by a range of subject matter experts, who brought their knowledge and expertise to bear in the capacity of ‘critical friends’. Their role was to provide constructive observations on the presentations, helping to identify issues that might not have been recognised, suggesting solutions for any challenges identified and exploring synergies between projects

The Subject Matter Experts framed their contributions around the five key thematic areas that were covered in the Thematic Programme, namely:

  1. Integrated & Inclusive Planning
  2. Governance & Collaboration
  3. Evidence-based design & the effective use of data
  4. Project Finance & procurement
  5. Implementation & Enforcement, Monitoring & Evaluation