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Cities in Transition : World Bank Urban and Local Government Strategy

By The World Bank

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Title: Cities in Transition : World Bank Urban and Local Government Strategy  
Author: The World Bank
Language: English
Subject: Economics, Finance & business, World Bank.
Collections: Economics Publications Collection
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Publisher: The World Bank


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The exercise of preparing a new urban and local government strategy for the World Bank began in late 1997 as a cross-sectoral, cross-network effort coordinated by the Urban Anchor and Urban Partnership in the Transportation, Water, and Urban Development Department. With guidance from a Bankwide steering committee, the strategy activity focused initially on organizing eight workshops at the Bank, spanning all the major urban and local governance issues. These workshops brought together speakers and participants from central and local governments, academia, development assistance agencies, nongovernmental organizations, private companies, and numerous thematic groups and units of the Bank. This intensive period of debate and information gathering culminated in a three-day retreat, the Urban Forum, in May 1998, where more than a hundred urban staff and invited participants, including representatives of several donor agencies and local government officials, collectively articulated the main lines of the strategy. Each of the regional urban sector groups presented their views on strategic issues and priorities for their countries. Based on these and other inputs, a first draft of the strategy document was prepared in July and circulated in the Bank and to external readers. The proposed strategy was also discussed at different stages with managers and staff in the Regional units and in networks and professional groups in the Bank and the International Finance Corporation, with external client focus groups in Sub-Saharan Africa and East and South Asia, and with representatives from several bilateral and multilateral aid agencies. In addition, a sample survey of urban clients was conducted to obtain their views on past and future Bank urban assistance. The Bank?s new urban strategy, Cities in Transition: A Strategic View of Urban and Local Government Issues, was discussed and approved by the Board of the World Bank in December 1999. Bank regional urban sector groups have continued to refine and begin implementation of region-specific urban strategies in collaboration with local and national clients and with each region?s country teams in the Bank. The Bank?s regional urban sector teams, thematic groups of urban experts, the Global Urban Partnership, and the new multidonor Cities Alliance are developing partnerships and defining requirements for implementing the new strategy as the Bank moves into its first fiscal year in the new century.


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