Peer to peer learning and exchange is one of the most effective ways for policy makers and practitioners to get an overview on the opportunities of NUP and of the concrete forms that NUP can take. The aim of the Country Experiences Sessions is therefore to allow country representatives that are currently undertaking the same phase in the NUP development process to present their country experiences, listen to peers, and discuss their mutual challenges and successes when it comes to that particular phase of NUP.
The sessions will be held in parallel and will be led by representative(s) from a country that has already undergone that particular NUP phase. The country representative(s) will open the session by sharing their experience(s) and explaining how they overcame challenges presented and capitalized on opportunities in that phase. The session will be attended by representatives from other countries that are currently also in that particular NUP phase, and their ongoing experiences will be presented. The Session(s) will enable participants to meet and connect with other Conference participants.
National Urban Policy Phases:
Feasibility: The Feasibility Phase is the first phase in the NUP process and should be used to gain an initial understanding urban development and make the case for the need of a NUP. In this sense, a Feasibility study can include the measurement of current weakness and opportunities of urban development in that particular country context. What factors are key to make a feasibility study? Who are the key stakeholders to be involved? What are the key outputs of a Feasibility study?
Diagnosis: The Diagnosis Phase is the phase where key data and evidence on population dynamics, urban growth trends, etc are collected. This data will act as the foundation for decisions made regarding the priorities of a NUP, the implementation of the policy and its monitoring and evaluation.
Formulation: The Formulation phase includes the prioritization of policy problems, the drafting of the NUP, and associated legal and financial strategies, in order to ensure the implementability of the policy. Why is important to include stakeholders in Formulation process? How to identify and include the stakeholders?
Implementation: The Implementation Phase is the phase in which the policy and policy plan developed in the Formulation Phase is actioned. How is it possible to effectively implement a NUP? Which kind of entity should ideally lead the process and how is it possible to ensure other stakeholders are involved?
M&E: Considering that the implementation of a NUP and its associated impacts are usually on a long term time scale, monitoring and evaluating a NUP can be undertaken throughout the policy implementation process. How is it possible to evaluate the outcome and impacts of a NUP? Which indicators should be used to measure NUP goals? How can baseline data for NUP be effectively collected?