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An Assessment of the First Three Years

Consultative Group meeting

Brussels

8 October 2002

Development Planning Unit


Problems of method

  • premature judgement in terms of impact

  • need to develop robust indicators for evaluation in the process of evaluating, turning aims into what can be assessed

  • using these indicators to test:

    • relevance

    • efficacy

    • efficiency in achieving the aims


Context and development

  • CA developed very swiftly as:

    • a successful mechanism to change the climate of opinion on urban poverty through

      • slum upgrading

      • city development strategies

    • a vehicle for the funding of innovative proposals in these two fields

      • recruitment of a multiplicity of partners (CG) which became the governing council of the CA


  • Raised problems

    • CG could not properly fulfil its original role as a public policy forum, nor was it equipped to supervise the Secretariat

    • the role of the learning alliance was as a result neglected


  • Remedies were

    • spin off the external role of public policy forum to the PAB

    • create a Steering Committee to supervise the work of the Secretariat


  • Allowed the CG to concentrate on the central tasks of creating a learning alliance, an internal public policy forum, through:

    • pooling the experience of all the partners in urban development on the two priority themes

    • expanding and aligning, in a complementary fashion, the programmes and experience of all the partners

    • seeking to further enhance collaboration between the partners

    • evaluating the lessons of this multi-agency experience, particularly that of cities in developing countries

    • disseminating the lessons of best practice, and supporting the appropriate capacity-building to strengthen cities


Current challenge

  • Target audience and the source of learning are the cities of the developing countries with a focus on the poorest cities (who show a capacity to change)

    • city managers

    • NGOs and slum dwellers associations

    • slum-dwellers themselves

  • The style of the CA has to be transformed for this much larger task


  • The central tasks of the CG become

    • evaluation

      combining the respective capacities of all the partners to identify best practice in SU and CDSs

    • dissemination

      on a mass basis and an indigenised form (cheap publications; web sites)

    • capacity building

      move from funding projects to financing the capacity for cities to undertake projects i.e. major programme in training


  • Local Government Associations are central to this shift of direction

    • great experience and expertise among their members

    • direct links to the cities

  • LGAs have other central responsibilities so special efforts are required

    e.g.

    • exchange of staff

    • joint-evaluation of LGA experience

    • creation of registers of experts from the LGAs

    • strengthening of in-country LGAs.

  • Importance of supporting in-country CAs as the base for local evaluation, dissemination and capacity building.

    • key role of strengthened in-country LGA.

    • in-country donor offices vital part of national CAs to encourage alignment of urban development programmes, collaboration and mutual support.

    • NGOs also a valuable part of local CAs.


  • The Secretariat should be less concerned with the volume of projects funded, more emphasis on:

    • quality

    • innovation in the context of the urban development programs of all the partners

    • prioritising cities e.g. the poorest

    • facilitating the preparation of applications


Other points

  • A detailed review of the projects undertaken is presented.

  • Need for a review of the range of CDSs (not only CA supported) to identify what has been useful and sustainable


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