Namibian City Development Strategies (CDS) Pilot



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Secondary Cities
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A follow-up proposal to the 2007 Cities Alliance-funded "Preparatory Study: Participatory City Development Strategies in Namibia", the proposed project aims to pilot a relevant and context-specific CDS process for Namibia that responds to the country's various urban development challenges. Five local authorities have been chosen for the CDS pilot: Otjiwarongo, Omaruru, Karibib, Usakos, and Maltahöhe. These five local authorities will work in close co-operation with the Association for Local Authorities in Namibia (ALAN) and the Ministry of Regional, Local Government, Housing, and Rural Development to execute the CDS process and evaluate whether CDS serves as an effective urban development instrument for Namibia.  
 The overarching goals of the proposed CDS project is to pilot the use of CDS in Namibia as: (1) an effective instrument to address urban development challenges and; (2) a means of realising productive, sustainable, inclusive, and well-governed municipalities, towns, and villages in the country.  The specific project objectives are: 1) To empower five local authorities to address development challenges in Namibia through CDS; 2) To strengthen the institutional capacity of Association for Local Authorities in Namibia so to become an effective service provider to its members and to enhance its collaboration with the Ministry of Regional, Local Government, Housing, and Rural Development; 3)  To mainstream gender-sensitive and pro-poor civic participation in five local authorities through CDS; and 4)  To gather and share CDS knowledge and experience across Namibia and the region.
1) Develop a CDS Manual for Namibian Local Authorities 2) Kick-off the CDS Pilot Project 3) Develop CDS in Five Municipalities 4) Recruit a CDS Project Coordinator 5) Initiate a 2-month training period for CDS Project Coordinator 6) Develop civic participation guidelines for CDS 7) Distribute a civic participation toolkit 8) Develop a CDS knowledge management strategy 9) Maintain a CDS pilot project website Conduct an CDS after action review with each pilot local authority Evaluate the pilot project Publish the ‘Report on Namibian CDS’  
Expected Impacts and Results
1) Empowered Local Authorities 2) Institutionally Strengthened ALAN 3) Improved Civic Public Participation in Local Public Processes 4) Improved Knowledge Management between Local Authorities, the Association for Local Authorities in Namibia, and the Ministry of Regional, Local Government, Housing, and Rural Development