City Development Strategy and City Without Slum Initiative for Peshawar, Pakistan

Project

At-a-Glance

Approval Date
Actual Completion Date
Proposal Focus
1472
Core Focus
Secondary Cities
Country Type
Pakistan
Lesson Learned for Cities Alliance Members and Partners
Lessons derived from the Task Manager's Completion Report... The Peshawar CDS process was able to elicit widespread support, after the series of preliminary consultative meetings with key stakeholders were undertaken. But the process to mobilize and inform key stakeholders about the CDS initiative has been time and effort intensive. This has been a greater challenge in Peshawar, due to the ongoing institutional transition under the Devolution of Power Plan. Partnerships based on mere information sharing and discussions are difficult to sustain. The key to sustainability lies in political and financial commitments for the future. Moreover, scaling up is dependent on availability of resources and successful implementation of demonstration pilots.  Financial sustainability is dependent on initiatives of the city to generate greater revenues.         

Detail

Summary
The aim of this activity is to promote sustainable and pro-poor urban development by strengthening/supporting urban poverty alleviation and direct action aimed at improving living conditions and social capital of urban poor; process of decentralization, devolution of power, greater accountability and inclusiveness at local level; greater empowerment of marginal and disadvantaged groups, such as the urban poor, refugees and women; strategic planning and financial strengthening at municipal level; and urban environmental improvement through planning and prioritizing basic infrastructure and services.
Objectives
1) To support and complement the national devolution program and formulate a framework of urban governance and management that will serve as a model for the entire NWFP;  2) To study issues related to widespread urban poverty and proliferation of informal settlements and prepare an Action Plan for improving the living conditions of urban poor;  3) To strengthen mechanisms for facilitating and institutionalizing public participation in the urban management process of the city, in line with the national devolution plan, to ensure greater inclusiveness and accountability;  4) To identify backlogs in social and physical infrastructure, and prepare a prioritized investment program for the city and a consensus framework for involvement of various development partners associated with the development of Peshawar and NWFP;  5) To identify and strengthen mechanisms for strengthening local government finances.
Activities
1) Formulation of an institutional framework for urban governance and management, supporting the national devolution plan, and institutionalizing public participation. This is expected to complement the National Devolution Plan and become a pioneering model for urban governance and management for the entire province;  2) Development of an action plan for improving living conditions of the sizeable urban population in the city, with focus on upgrading informal settlements. This Action Plan will serve as the basis for scaling up community-based upgrading under CIP and other pro-poor programs;  3) Development of a prioritized investment program for the city to address its social and physical infrastructure backlogs. The City Investment Plan will serve as a consensus framework for all development partners working on Peshawar.
Expected Impacts and Results
1) Institutional framework expected to complement the National Devolution Plan and become a pioneering model for urban governance and management for the entire province;  2) An action plan to serve as the basis for scaling up community-based upgrading under CIP and other pro-poor programs;  3) A City Investement Plan to serve as a consensus framework for all development partners working on Peshawar