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An assessment of the first three years consultative group meeting brussels 8 october 2002

An Assessment of the First Three Years

Consultative Group meeting

Brussels

8 October 2002

Development Planning Unit


An assessment of the first three years consultative group meeting brussels 8 october 2002

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


An assessment of the first three years consultative group meeting brussels 8 october 2002

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


An assessment of the first three years consultative group meeting brussels 8 october 2002

  • 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


An assessment of the first three years consultative group meeting brussels 8 october 2002

  • 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


An assessment of the first three years consultative group meeting brussels 8 october 2002

  • 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


An assessment of the first three years consultative group meeting brussels 8 october 2002

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


An assessment of the first three years consultative group meeting brussels 8 october 2002

  • 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


An assessment of the first three years consultative group meeting brussels 8 october 2002

  • 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.


An assessment of the first three years consultative group meeting brussels 8 october 2002

  • 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


An assessment of the first three years consultative group meeting brussels 8 october 2002

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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