(Grant) JWP EcoGrowth Cities Campaign Kenya (GW/EEG/Kenya/01)



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Secondary Cities
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Cities Alliance has established a Joint Work Programme (JWP) to respond to the equitable economic growth challenge in cities. The JWP focuses on supporting equitable access to public goods and services by all citizens and formal and informal businesses in urban areas through the production of global knowledge products, facilitation of policy dialogues, and the support of city-level diagnostics and policy recommendations. As part of its Strategic Plan (2018-2021), Cities Alliance is building on the strength of the multi-stakeholder platform with major development actors provided by the Joint Work Programme on Fostering Equitable Economic Growth in Cities. This global programme will lead the preparation of high-level policy dialogues, innovation exchanges and knowledge products to address policy gaps in institutional reforms and research gaps in urban economy. Emphasis will be placed on collaboration with multilateral development partners to stimulate policy actions at both the national and local level to improve public-private cooperation
Urban prosperity as a key element of sustainable urban development requires inclusive and sustainable economic growth. When urbanisation is accompanied by proper and productive employment and decent work for all, people can lead productive, prosperous, and fulfilling lives. Implementing the global agenda for cities, such as Agenda 2030 and the New Urban Agenda, which is anchored in participatory approaches towards developing and mainstreaming urban policies that foster sustainable urban and territorial development, the main objective of the project is to facilitate the implementation of the JWP Cities Campaign in Kenya. It will consist of assisting two secondary cities in Kenya to support city-level diagnostics to be used in developing evidence-based policy recommendations based on local needs, capacities and priorities, on how to foster equitable economic growth through gender-responsive , equitable access to public goods and services. The diagnostics will put a special emphasis on those public services fostering an enhanced productivity of woman and men in the formal and informal economy. The delivery of this objective, including its activities and outputs, will be in accordance with the JWP Framework Document and associated documents.
1. Component: Facilitation of three engagement workshops in each campaign city 1.1 Establishment of a multi-stakeholder fora in each city, ensuring gender parity and representing key constituencies of the city, such as government, chamber of commerce, informal sector representatives, service providers and development partners. 1.2 Establishment of a focal point system with an assigned focal point appointed by the city authority 1.3 Organization, facilitation and documentation of three workshops: (a) kick-off workshop, (b) mid-term review workshop, and (c) closing workshop in each campaign city. 2. Component: Drafting an Institutional Enabling Environment Report (IEER) for each campaign city. 2.1 Preparation of Terms of Reference for the IEER based on the agreed product description (see below) 2.2 Preparation of IEER for each campaign city, which will Review and analysis of the IEER 2.3 Public consultation around results of the IEER in the validation workshop 2.4 Coordination of Sounding Board discussions to validate IEER findings 2.5 Finalization of the IEER findings and report 3. Component: Local Assessment Report (LAR) of each campaign city 3.1 Preparation of Terms of Reference for the LAR based on the agreed product description (see below) 3.2 Procurement of consultancy services 3.3 Data collection and analysis including interviews, surveys, focus group discussions etc. on aspects of the LAR 3.4 Preparation of LAR of each campaign city. 3.5 Coordination of Sounding Board discussions to validate LAR findings 3.6 Review, analysis and finalization of the LAR findings and report 4. Component: Policy Briefs and Recommendations for each campaign city 4.1 Preparation of Terms of Reference for the development of policy briefs and recommendations based on the agreed product description (see below) 4.2 Procurement of consultancy services 4.3 Preparation of Policy Briefs and Recommendations for each campaign city 4.4 Dissemination of final policy briefs and recommendations
Expected Impacts and Results
The overall expected outcomes of the proposed Kenyan JWP initiative are three-fold: i) Firstly, to deliver knowledge and tools to promote equitable economic growth in Kenyan cities and urban areas, filling a much-needed knowledge gap for policies. This will lead to a better understanding by relevant stakeholders on actual opportunities and challenges campaign cities face towards attaining a more equitable and sustainable economic growth. For instance, city-level diagnostics will target on multiple dimensions affecting provision of gender-responsive public services such as coverage, affordability, reliability, quality and quantity the services; and this information will be useful in preparation of effective policies. ii) Secondly, to facilitate a coordinated and focused effort targeting two secondary cities to promote the creation of an enabling environment so the cities can tap onto agglomeration economies as well as promote local investment and innovation. Through better economic policy design, campaign cities will flourish and also be better placed to share lessons learned with and scale up results in the rest of the country. With the sustained implementation of the JWP products, the two campaign cities will eventually achieve economic transformation. iii) Thirdly, the city-level diagnostics and recommendations will serve as a basis for sourcing external programmatic support (outside the scope of the JWP, upon closure of the project) from other development partners and donors towards activities promoting equitable economic growth in the campaign cities and beyond.