Establishment of an Integrated Strategic Planning Process for the Neighboring Towns of Ramallah, Al-Bireh and Beitunia

Project

At-a-Glance

Approval Date
Actual Completion Date
Proposal Focus
1471
Core Focus
Secondary Cities
Country Type
West Bank and Gaza Territories

Detail

Summary
The neighbouring towns of Ramallah, Al-Bireh and Beitunia face rapid population growth, an increasing demand for better quality and quantity services, as well as declining revenues. The CDS intends to enable the neighbouring local governments to take advantage of existing opportunities and identify together with key stakeholders the strategic options to address their urban challenges and growing economic hardship.
Objectives
1) Establish and foster capacity inside each municipality for initiating and preparing long-and short-term development plans;  2) Investigate and analyse possible modes for cooperation among the three towns;  3) Prepare a five-year investment plan with prioritised programmes/projects for the realisation of long- and short-term objectives;  4) Ensure effective and efficient use of scarce land resources;  5) Secure financial resources for the implementation of the plan;  6) Develop a national capacity for CDS as a tool for sustainable development.
Activities
1) Project set up and mobilisation of resources;  2) Strategic analysis/assessment of the three towns;  3) Definition of vision and shared cooperation with prioritisation of strategies;  4) Development of 5-year action plan;  5) Promotion and marketing of capital investment plan; 5)Evaluation and capture of the CDS process  
Expected Impacts and Results
The strategic planning process is expected to establish and strengthen the urban governance capacity of the three towns. It is also anticipated that a transparent and accountable development strategy will lead to a significant improvement in public service delivery (such as water, electricity, wastewater treatment and solid waste disposal); and that an improvement in service delivery and the employment situation, which depend heavily on local government actions, will have a significant impact on poverty alleviation.