City Development Strategy for Ethiopia (Addis Ababa)



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Secondary Cities
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Addis Ababa is the industrial, commercial and service centre of Ethiopia. The city is not capable of accommodating the increasing population that is being attracted by better facilities and apparent employment opportunities. Poverty is rampant and widespread in the city. Poverty alleviation will be better addressed and in a more sustainable manner if embedded into an overall policy and urban management framework. The project seeks to overcome obstacles that have hampered the city government's efforts to create and implement such a framework.
The objective is the reduction and prevention of urban poverty in Addis Ababa. The transition underway towards a market economy needs to be strengthened in terms on ensuring the poor’s participation in urban development, planning and implementing activities as well as ensuring their rights to housing, services and land. The activity will enable stakeholders in urban development –and foremost the City Council- to effectively address critical and urgent issues of urban development, promote equitable economic growth, prevent and alleviate urban poverty, develop affordable and participatory options for upgrading, and manage the city’s resources and environment for sustainability.
a) City conference;  b) Participatory slum upgrading;  c) Participatory development of local development plans;  d) A 10-year financing strategy;  e) Development of a collaborative network for upgrading and urban service delivery;  f) Establishment of a 2-year program to develop human resources.
Expected Impacts and Results
a) Achievement of planning security for investors and residents;  b) A more effective land acquisition and building process;  c) Adoption of a draft public investment plan;  d) An increase of ownership and participation of the private sector in urban development;  e) Us of locally available resources from the city government and private sector for market upgrading;  f) Guidance of urban development in line with poverty-reduction and sustainability objectives;  g) Enhanced and more efficient use of public funds and municipal revenue resources;  h) Channelling of locally available resources towards slum upgrading;  i) Improvement of living conditions of the poor;  j) Iimprovement of capacity for plan implementation.