Ger areas, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (photo- Forbes Davidson)
Another recent assignment was to evaluate the work done by UN-Habitat in Kosovo supporting the development of urban planning capacity at municipal level. A blended approach to capacity development was used linking on-job support to indirect means such as the use of manuals. A particularly interesting approach was the use of small “capital investment projects” as a stepping stone to more ambitious interventions. Towns worked on creating improved public spaces such as walking routes, parks and playgrounds. One example was a school playing ground redesigned by students with support from teachers, parents and the municipality to be a multifunctional community space. This allows early action, helps build credibility and demonstrates the potential of participative approaches. Towns must contribute half the cost which requires local government commitment. Practical achievement helps to motivate the staff involved, which is necessary if more ambitious work is to be undertaken. For more information see UN-Habitat Kosovo website.
Left side photo: Pupil-led planning, Kosovo (photo- Forbes Davidson);
Right side photo: Riverbank footpath and public space, Kosovo (photo- Forbes Davidson)
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