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Supporting urban sustainability. This presentation sets out our ‘terms of engagement’ for the ‘Supporting Urban Sustainability’ (SUS) programm e It sets out the kind of partnerships we are interested to develop

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Terms of engagement

This presentation sets out our ‘terms of engagement’ for the ‘Supporting Urban Sustainability’ (SUS) programme

It sets out the kind of partnerships we are interested to develop

It is designed to enable you to decide whether you would like to partner with us in our SUS programme

Terms of engagement


You are

In a position to make a strategic difference in your city the ‘Supporting Urban Sustainability’ (SUS)

Involved in running a city-wide programme (e.g. master planning; pro-poor green economy; slum empowerment)

Committed to sustainable development - including equitable and pro-poor development and environmental resilience

Constantly challenged to work out better ways of approaching this

Interested in finding new ways to address complex issues through

Already involved or willing to get involved in ecosystem services approaches to urban sustainability

Value learning

Interested in innovative approaches to professional and institutional development

You are:


Are committed to ‘strong’ forms of sustainable the ‘Supporting Urban Sustainability’ (SUS) development

Are setting up an innovative, professional development programme involving up to 30 senior decision makers from cities in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and Sweden

Wish to further joint understanding of how ‘ecosystem services’ can help to alleviate poverty and contribute to sustainability in urban settings

Our approach is based on mutual and collaborative learning,rather than a ‘blueprint’ training approach, which will focus on three questions or ‘inquiries’

We:


Our three questions

How can the ‘Supporting Urban Sustainability’ (SUS) ecosystem services approaches help alleviate poverty in urban settings?

How can reflexive forms of governance provide conditions for the application of ecosystem services for poverty alleviation (ESPA) approaches in urban settings?

How can collaborative learning support reflexive forms of governance and enable concerted action among urban stakeholders involved in ESPA approaches

Our three questions:


Anticipated outcomes

Key urban professionals from your city can expect to deepen relevant professional skills and capabilities while building stakeholder collaborations to initiate and/or further develop ESPA-schemes

Formation of an international network between the six participating cities and with experts associated with the PSDP programme

Changes in understanding and action within the selected urban programmesin these six cities

Longer term impacts in these six cities in terms of poverty alleviation and environmental resilience

An innovative knowledge base that can be shared more widely with other cities interested in developing ESPA-schemes, reflexive governance and collaborative learning approaches.

Anticipated outcomes:


Five steps to negotiating our partnership

You express an initial interest on behalf of your city in our professional support & development programme (PSDP) and its partnership approach

You identify a city-wide programme within your city that you think might have an interest in the PSDP - and approach this programme to explore its potential engagement

If there is interest, we work with you and this city-wide programme to map its key stakeholder networks, based on a set of key criteria

You identify and agree five key actors from diverse sectors within this network, who are keen to participate in and commit to the PSDP

Partnership agreement drawn up in advance of the fist PSDP workshop in April 2011

Five steps to negotiating our partnership:


We have already made contact with you - or are about to make contact - through a mutual network

You are interested in the PSDP approach we are offering and the potential strategic benefits that this might bring to your city

You are in a position to engage with others in your city in key strategic positions, who might also be interested in participating in our programme

We will contact you for one or more initial phone conversations, to discuss the opportunities and check that our interests are mutually aligned at the outset

Step 1: You express an initial interest on behalf of your city in our professional support & development programme (PSDP) and its partnership approach


We are interested to work with an existing city-wide programme – one which already has a sustainability focus, or would like to strengthen this aspect

Such city-wide programmes could include master-planning, slum empowerment, and programmes to develop a pro-poor green economy across the city, to give just three illustrative examples

Perhaps you are already a part of one of these programmes; or if not, could introduce us to key people within one or more of these programmes

We would like you to help us to make contact with these key people, so that we can discuss potential opportunities and select a programme where our mutual interests are best aligned

Step 2: You identify a city-wide programme within your city that you think might have an interest in the PSDP - and approach this programme to explore its potential engagement


Our programme – one which already has a sustainability focus, or would like to strengthen programme is built around the idea of strengthening governance networks – recognising that networks are key to making things happen in cities

So our starting point is to invite you to map the key stakeholders and networks associated with your programme

The mapping process we are proposing for this purpose can be found in the handout: ‘Mapping governance networks” (see our wiki: http://susprogramme.wikispaces.com/Governance)

The key steps of this mapping process are summarised overleaf

Step 3: Once we have identified a city-wide programme, we will work with this programmeto map its key stakeholder networks, based on an agreed set of key criteria


Key steps of the governance mapping process

Set up the mapping activity programme – one which already has a sustainability focus, or would like to strengthen

Brainstorm key organisations/individuals with a stake in your programme

Analyse stakeholding across five categories – add further organisations/individuals to the brainstorm list

Cluster key organisations/individuals into 8-12 sector clusters

Undertake a rapid nodal analysis

Select and recommend 5 ‘nodal individuals’ from diverse sectors within the governance network of your programme

Key steps of the governance mapping process


Steps 4 & 5: programme – one which already has a sustainability focus, or would like to strengthen We work with you to: - select and contact five participants who will join the SUS-programme and - ensure that a Partnership agreement is drawn up in advance of the fist PSDP workshop in April or May 2011

You then contact us with your recommendation for 5 ‘nodal individuals’ and explain the basis for your selection

We then work with you to contact these individuals and invite them onto the programme

Together we may need to adjust the final list of 5, depending on the sort of response we get, and the availability of individuals for programme workshops in April or May and in June 2011.

Finally, we draw up a partnership agreement with these five individuals in advance of the first PSDP workshop in April or May 2011.


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