Strategic Capacity Development Component

The strategic capacity development component forms part of the UK Global Future Cities Prosperity Fund Programme. It is being developed by the strategic and capacity development partner, 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 Global Future Cities Programme, to consider some of the barriers and enablers to sustainable urbanisation and to help ensure the programme’s long-term impact.

The Thematic Programme will be delivered by a range of subject matter experts and is intended to provide a foundational programme introducing each of the five themes, combined with practical examples from the field. The Thematic Programme will provide an opportunity for participants to learn more about each of the themes and reflect on the capacity development needs in their own City.

It will be delivered in English with simultaneous translation available in Burmese, Indonesian, Portuguese, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese. All sessions will be interactive with time allocated for discussion and Q&A.

See detailed programme and links to registration below. Throughout the Thematic Programme, the detailed page for each session will be used to livestream all sessions. Once concluded, the page will be an archive to all recordings and supporting documents.

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The Thematic Programme

The thematic learning programme will launch on 21 January 2021 and will comprise a series of seven interactive sessions

21 January - Session 1: Building Back Better & Introduction to the Series

The introductory session will consider the recovery from Covid-19 in the context of building back better and will demonstrate the continuing importance of the SDGs as a framework for delivering sustainable urbanisation. It will feature introductory remarks from the UKBEAG, the FCDO and UN-Habitat together with contributions from Sir Paul Collier CBE, Director of the International Growth Centre, and Mayor Marvin Rees from Bristol City Council.


27 January - Session 2: Integrated & Inclusive Urban Planning

Drawing on examples from the Bristol One City Plan, this session will consider the importance of integrated and inclusive planning as a prerequisite for achieving lasting social, economic, and environmental improvement while simultaneously addressing the needs of the marginalised and the vulnerable. The session will be facilitated by the Design Council together with University College London Development Planning Unit.


04 February - Session 3: Governance & Collaboration

Drawing on extensive policy research together with the international standard for sustainable cities and communities (ISO37106), this session will consider the importance of achieving alignment between sectoral priorities and policies together with effective collaboration between different tiers of government, ministries, and departments. The session will be facilitated by the International Growth Centre and the British Standards Institution together with practical experience from Bristol City Council.


18 February - Session 4: Evidence-based Design & the Effective use of Data

Building on the international standard for sustainable cities and communities (ISO37106), this session will consider the importance of evidence-based design and data as a pre-requisite for developing and delivering citizen centric applications that will achieve meaningful cost benefit and service level improvement. The session will be facilitated jointly by the British Standards Institution and Smart London.


25 February - Session 5: Project Finance & Procurement

The delivery of bankable city scale projects requires the development of a viable resilient, risk-managed business case together with access to capital which may come from a variety of sources including national government, multilateral government banks and/or the private sector. Such projects also require an enabling policy environment together with a knowledge of financing and associated procurement mechanisms (eg Public Private Partnership, Public Service Concession etc).


04 March - Session 6: Implementation & Enforcement, Monitoring & Evaluation

However well-conceived, the ultimate test of any policy, programme, plan, or project is whether it is delivered as intended and whether a monitoring & evaluation framework is in place to take corrective action if required, feeding back lessons learnt to ensure continual improvement. Effective implementation further relies on the accompanying ecosystem created by relevant Codes, Regulations and Standards and this is in turn reliant upon the capacity and capability of relevant stakeholders in both the public and private sectors, including such groups as built environment professionals.


11 March - Session 7: Reflections on the Series & Next Steps

The concluding session will include reflections on the series from the UK Built Environment Advisory Group, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, UN Habitat, and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), together with input from the Delivery Partners, Arup, Adam Smith International, Ernst and Young, Future Cities South Africa and Mott MacDonald.