Upscaling Poverty-Focused City Development Strategies in the Philippines



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The aim of this activity is to facilitate this process of Poverty-Focused City Development Strategies in the Philippines by proposing multi-city development initiative with the longer term goal of institutionalizing the participatory CDS approach in the urban policy framework of the Philippines. The overall goal of the initiative is for the partner organizations, the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), the seven pilot CDS cities, ten new CDS cities, AIM, and later on MDFO-DOF, the Housing and Urban Development Coordination Council (HUDCC) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), to institutionalize poverty-centered CDSs as one of the primary tools for the prioritization of "inclusive" intervention strategies, Action Plans and supporting investments.
Reduction of urban poverty is a core goal of this activity, to be achieved through follow-up investments to implement poverty action plans that each of the 10 (to be finalized) LGUs will formulate as part of a three stage CDS process: profiling the extent and impact of urban poverty, bringing the key public, private and popular sector to review those implications during a City Consultation, and establishing Working Groups to address those priority areas, detailed action plans and demonstration projects. A longer term goal being to institutionalize poverty-centered CDSs as one of the primary tools for prioritization of urban investments in the Philippines. Specific Objectives include: 1) To introduce global good urban governance processes;  2) develop a Filipino CDS framework and toolkit;   3) To apply such process experiences in 10 Filipino cities;  4) To build human resource capacity, institutional linkages and partnership approaches at the LGU-level to develop poverty-focused City Development Strategies and Action Plans which will coordinate investment follow-up; and  5) To set up a CDS knowledge management center for mayors, local officials and development partners.
Preparatory Phase:  1) Introduce the global CDS experiences, the Habitat Good Urban Governance Campaign, and build understanding of the CDS concept and linkages;  2) Agree on outputs, inputs, national and city-level management team composition, and the demand-driven selection criteria;  3) Conduct 'Inception Workshop' to brief interested LGUs on the proposal and parameters for collaboration;  4) Select the 10 participating LGUs, and assist them in establishing their own CDS management teams. City Poverty Profiling Phase: 1) Identify key stakeholder groups, collect and analysis poverty information, and draft a Poverty Profile of each city;  2)  Synthesize these studies into key issues of concern, focussing on the poverty/development interface and responsibilities;  3) Conduct City Consultation to validate the proposals, prioritize and agree on the broad strategic framework for the CDS, and to sign Urban Poor Alleviation Pact;  4) Conduct one-month exercise of knowledge exchange and mutual learning among the resource and newly participating CDS cities and the key stakeholder groups. Launch the mutual learning platform and transfer the management and maintenance responsibility to a local entity gradually;  2) trategy/Action Planning Phase:  1) Mobilize key stakeholder groups into issue-specific Task Groups, synthesize and consolidate the findings to date into a City Strategy Framework;  2) Conduct a Strategy Review Workshop to validate the proposals, gain feedback, and mobilize interested city/national and international investors. Finalization, Documentation and Review Phase:  1) Integrate Strategy Review Workshop findings into CDS outputs, document experiences and make recommendations for improving the process;   2) Finalize documentation, prepare the policy note, conduct Replication and Institutionalization Workshop for dissemination.
Expected Impacts and Results
1) Broad based city-wide consensus on approaches and priorities, mobilizing local, national and global investment resources for follow-up implementation;  2) Core group of practitioners committed to continuing the innovative processes and approaches learned - Sustained participatory urban governance processes, mainstreaming urban poverty alleviation in urban development decision making;  3) Quick and appropriate decision makings by the local officials based on the best available knowledge - Standardized dissemination of innovative and customized approaches based on a demand-driven process of up-scaling and replication;  4) Quick access to local and international CDS best practices and necessary analytical and managerial knowledge;  5) An organized knowledge resource center for the CDS community and other LGU stakeholders.