Development and support for MENA regional programme
In response to recent institutional transformations in the MENA Region, members of the Cities Alliance (CA), asked the secretariat to develop a concerted approach among CA members active in the region and partner institutions to support cities and national partner institutions to design and implement strategies on inclusive economic growth, accountability and subsidiarity. Against this background, the Cities Alliance in collaboration with the Centre for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) has set up a Joint Work Programme (JWP), in which several bilaterals and multilaterals are represented. The JWP group members agreed to develop a framework for joint collaboration within the region and, initially, for Tunisia, which will focus on capacity building measures to promote subsidiarity and decentralization reforms.
Support the preparatory and consultation work needed for the development of an overall framework for collaboration and joint operations between JWP members and partners for the MENA region, including the specific design of a set of regional activities as well the definition of the first country project in Tunisia.
Task 1. Strategic development of the framework document of the MENA Joint Work Programme (JWP). This task relates to the development and consolidation of the Programme Document for the overall MENA Joint Work Programme (JWP) for the time period 2012-2015. This work will include, but not limited to, the full specification of: program main objectives and components, design of projects and activities, institutional and operational arrangement for the implementation of the JWP. As agreed by the JWP members, the regional framework document should also incorporate among its activities: (a) a regional project and (b) a first country project in Tunisia on decentralization, which full specification and operationalization are the focus of the following tasks 2 and 3. Task 2. Conceptual development a Regional Project. This task realates to the elaboration a concept note for a set of regional activities on strategic urban planning to be pursued under this JWP. A number of recent activities on City Development Strategies (CDS) applied in MENA, indicate both the need for a refinement of CDS approaches and more importantly the need for the provision of expertise on closing the gap between strategic plans and follow-up investments. This task formulates a set of outputs with corresponding activities for the period 2012-2015 that enhance the knowledge transfer as well as advocacy function of the JWP at the regional level on strategic urban planning and the corresponding tools follow-up investments. Task 3. Tunisia Project Framework. Through a portfolio review and a need assessment, it will be developed a framework document for collaboration and joint operations in Tunisia among JWP members and partners. The Tunisia project framework document should identify - under a structured and coherent conceptual umbrella - a potential set of activities on decentralization broadly intended as support to national frameworks that strengthen the capacity of local authorities and their decision makers to deliver services to citizens. The identified set of activities should align to national priorities and demonstrate the added value for existing member operations (principle of additionality). Task 4. Operational support to UCLG for the organization of the Decentralization Conference. This task will support the United City and Local Governments (UCLG), one of the members of the MENA Joint Work Programme, and Tunisian partners in the organization of a Conference on Decentralisation in May 2012. The Conference will provide an invaluable opportunity for JWP members to explore support in the form of a Country Programme, and to liaise with the local and national Tunisian partner institutions.
Expected Impacts and Results
Support the preparatory and consultation work needed for the development of an overall framework for collaboration and joint operations between JWP members and partners for the MENA region, including the specific design of a set of regional activities as well the definition of the first country project in Tunisia