City and Regional Development Strategies in Azerbaijan

Project

At-a-Glance

Approval Date
Actual Completion Date
Proposal Focus
1471
Core Focus
Secondary Cities
Country Type
Azerbaijan

Detail

Summary
Increasingly, local governments are emerging as one of the most crucial institutions for Azerbaijan’s economic and social development. A series of programmes focusing on urban poverty reduction and regional development exists in Azerbaijan’s secondary cities, and the CDS proposal aims to expand the level of donor cooperation and coordination in these projects from the point of view of the city.
Objectives
Establish citywide strategies in 3 cities in 3 economic regions, to include city- and regional-level data collection and analysis, initiation of participatory planning processes, strengthening of strategic planning capacity at the municipal level, and building new development partnerships; Establish the CDS as an integral part of the ADB country strategy and programming process. The CDS could initiate a targeted, coherent and synergistic forward annual lending, technical assistance, and economic and sector work (ESW), in support of the Alliance’s core objectives, linking lending and TA investment of up to $66 million in ADB assistance to the CDS process.
Activities
1) Undertake data collection, analysis and GIS-based poverty and resource mapping for city and regional development strategies in three cities;  2) Elaborate three City/-Region Development Strategies in close cooperation with the national level;  3)Identify the dynamics driving social and economic development in the regions through in-depth studies and analysis;  4) Elaborate recommendations for a national strategy towards region-based urban development.
Expected Impacts and Results
The expected impacts will be:  (i) increased awareness of the potential and the issues of region-based urbanisation, and related development processes;  (ii) strengthened rural-urban linkages and improved regional coordination and collaboration;  (iii) increased awareness of poverty issues and clear strategies toward poverty reduction;  (iv) implementation of focused economic development strategies based on local resources and comparative advantages, and;  (v) improved infrastructure and urban service provision.