In response to the increased demand for support in urban environmental planning and management, the SCP partners with various organisations at the global, regional and local levels. The partners include a wide range of carefully selected public, private, academic and NGO institutions. Many of the partnerships involve local capacity development and provision of technical support, thus enriching and improving SCP activities.
At the global level, three specialised international institutions have been identified as key partners. These are:
Institute for Housing & Urban Development Studies (IHS)
Institute for Water Education (UNESCO-IHE) and
International Water & Sanitation Centre (IRC).
Other global partners are ILO, InWent, and UNDP-PPUE. Each institution's special expertise "adds value" and strengthens the SCP process. The essence of each partnership and a link to the partner's website are provided below.
IHS is leading a wide-ranging evaluation of the SCP project experiences over the period 1992-2002 in eight countries. So far reports are completed for Sri-Lanka and are at an advanced stage in Nigeria.
Visit the IHS website http:// w ww. i hs. n l
IHE is focussing its activities on Sustainable Urban Mobility (SUM), which is concerned particularly with urban transport that is both sustainable and practical for the poor. The SUM initiative has been implemented in Kisumu , Kenya with technical support of ITDG and will soon begin in Tanzania.
Visit the IHE website http://ww w .i h e.nl/
IRC is developing local capacities for planning and delivering Basic Urban Services (BUS) in un(der) served areas through partnerships. BUS initiatives are currently being implemented in Bobo Dioulasso , Burkina Faso with support of a local NGO, CREPA and in Kotte and Wattala in Greater Colombo, Sri Lanka with the support of a network of local organisations including ITDG, National Housing Development Agency, NERD, SEVANATHA and MaRGG.
Visit the IRC website htt p ://www.irc.nl/
ILO – International Labour Organisation is partnering with the SCP in an employment and skills development programme “Decent Jobs and Better Services for the Urban Poor”. This is a capacity building programme that seeks to improve the living and working conditions of men and women in poor urban settlements in the developing world.
Visit the ILO website http://w w w.ilo.org/
InWEnt (Internationale Weiterbildung und Entwicklung gGmbh) – Capacity Building International - is partnering with SCP/LA21 to improve urban management capacities in SCP/LA21 project cities through practice-oriented training and exchange programmes.
Visit the In Went website http://www. i n went.org/
PPPUE – UNDP. UNDP's Public-Private Partnerships for the Urban Environment (PPPUE) is partnering with SCP to support efforts of cities to define, promote and implement Public Private Partnerships to reduce poverty at the local level.
Visit the PPUE website www.undp.org/pppue
Regional and National Partners
At the regional and national level, the increased demand for new city initiatives, and particularly SCP regional replications, has led SCP to develop a systematic capacity development and technical support strategy. SCP is developing and formalizing an institutional framework for sustained Environmental Planning and Management (EPM) by creating partnerships with capacity-building/training institutions through which SCP and its global partners can channel global level support.
Based on their different primary nature and mission, three types of partnering institutions are envisioned:
Technical Support & Training Institutions (Government and NGO institutions.)
The partnering institutions, referred to as ‘anchoring institutions' will perform a variety of tasks that include short and long term EPM capacity building, EPM curricula development, tool development and adaptation and translation, recording and documentation of experiences, and direct technical support in urban management and infrastructure development.
The process of identifying, inviting and entering into partnership with regional institutions is on- going. Currently, in Asia and the Pacific, the following institutions have signed partnership agreements with the SCP and are already providing regional capacity building and training support.
Asian Institute of Management (AIM)
Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)
At the national level, SCP has also initiated partnership with various institutions. To date, partnership agreements have been signed with the following institutions:
China : ACCA21
India : All India Institute of Local Self Government (AIILSG)
Philippines : University of Philippines
Thailand : Thailand Environment Institute (TEI)
Egypt : Urban Training Institute (UTI) in Cairo
Nigeria : Federal Technical University of Mina
Tanzania : The University College of Lands and Architectural Studies
Zambia : The Copperbelt University
Cuba : Instituto de Planificacion Fisica
Peru : Foro ciudades para la vida