Course Outline (Deadline for submission: 12 February 2014) Training Title Common challenges, shared solutions: experiences from Singapore and other cities Name of Organization Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC), Singapore; Ministry of National Development Singapore. Profile of Lecturers (max 200 words) • • • Mr Julian Goh, Acting Director at the Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore is an urban planning expert with vast experience in planning of a variety of large scale infrastructure projects. In his previous appointment as the Head of the Urban Redevelopment Authority, he was instrumental in the delivery of Singapore’s Master Plan 2008. At CLC, he is involved in research, capability building and advisory services. Mr Pablo Vaggione is an urban development specialist with over 18 years of experience principally in emerging and frontier markets. He brings together practical experience in the preparation of strategic plans, a results-‐driven approach to the design of institutional frameworks, and an extensive portfolio of knowledge management activities in the urban sector. He is the author of UN-‐Habitat’s Urban Planning for City Leaders. Mr Victor Vergera is World Bank Institute’s lead urban specialist with over 20 years of urban development experience especially in emerging markets. He has been closely engaged with WBI’s Municipal Development Program in Africa and has pioneered several innovative capability building initiatives. He championed work on participatory municipal budgeting, sustainable land use planning, and community engagement projects. He is the co-‐chair of the Bank's housing and land thematic group. • Learning Objectives (max 100 words) • Mr Jorge Alberto Perez Jaramillo, Director of the Planning Department, City of Medellin is an architecture and urbanism expert from Medellin. He has been an adviser and visiting professor for several urban projects in Latin America, Mexico, Germany and other countries and is a member of International Advisory Council, (IAC) and Metropolis Foundation. Understanding urban governance through CLC’s Liveability Framework The session will focus on practitioner-‐focused sharing on the concept of urban governance, its role and relevance in the development of liveable and sustainable cities of today. The concept is encapsulated in CLC’s Liveability Framework which will Thematic Focus Issues to be discussed (max 50 words) Brief Outline of the Course (max 200 words) be presented at the session. • Urban governance strategies that have fostered positive city transformations Establish the role of some of key urban governance strategies such as integrated planning, strong leadership and vision, pragmatism inter-‐agency collaboration, innovative policies, sound financing, community participation etc that have facilitated growth of cities such as Singapore, New York, Bilbao and other developing cities. Through presentation, panel discussion and workshop, the training event will explore the following key themes: • Integrated long term planning • Urban governance and infrastructure • Sustainable development • Infrastructure financing • Integrated Planning: Importance of setting clear growth direction for the city through development of long term master plans • Sound institutions: Ensuring effective implementation of plans through efficient institutional processes and community participation • Financial viability: Following sound infrastructure financing principles and policies The new century of cities calls for extraordinary leadership and is in need of urban leaders who possess both breadth and depth in understanding the issues at stake, and are able to transform challenges into opportunities, and knowledge into operational, integrated solutions. At the “Developing good urban governance systems: experiences from Singapore and other cities” training session, highly experienced international urban practitioners will discuss the fundamental urban governance strategies that have and can facilitate positive transformation and growth of today’s rapidly urbanising cities. Customised for city leaders and decision makers, the core curriculum of the session is based on in-‐depth understanding and assessment of the complex challenges that face today’s cities and city leaders. The session will be conducted in an interactive format that will allow various urban governance challenges and solutions to be discussed. In particular, the session will focus on the following governance perspectives: a. Integrated Planning: Importance of setting clear growth direction for the city through the development of long term master plans b. Sound institutions: Ensuring effective implementation of plans through efficient institutional processes and community participation c. Financial viability: Following sound infrastructure financing principles and policies Target Audience Number of participants (max 50) These perspectives will be presented through case study examples of various cities such as Singapore, New York, Bilbao and other cities of the emerging markets. • City Leaders (Mayors, Governors, Municipal Commissioners); • State and National Level heads of urban development The session is customized for city level decision makers and urban policy experts who are directly involved in planning and development of urban development sector projects. The session will be conducted in English, and participants fluent in English are encouraged to participate. The session is open to an audience of 50 participants.
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