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AUICK Action Plan Progres Report, 2010

The Context and Influence of the Asian Urban Information Center of Kobe


Introduction

Two thousand and eight marked the first time in history that more than half of the world’s population (3.3 billion people) lived in urban areas. According to the UNFPA State of World Population 2007 Report, by 2030, this figure is expected to rise to 5 billion people. Asia’s urban population rose from 200 million in 1950, to 1.4 billion in the year 2000, and is expected to nearly double to 2.7 billion by 2030. As urbanization is an “unstoppable” phenomenon, there is a need to “adequately prepare for the challenges that it generates, rather than concentrating on measures to avoid or to exclude people from cities” . 

The Asian Urban information Center of Kobe (AUICK) was jointly established by Kobe City Government and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in April 1989, to build extensive information and human networks with medium-sized cities in Asia, for assisting in the resolution of population and urban problems. The organization facilitates the spread of information among Asian city governments to build their welfare provision capacities, by forming links among Kobe City, Asian local governments, academic institutions and UNFPA. Concretely, AUICK arranges studies, publications and semi-annual training workshops in Kobe, on issues related to population and development, whose themes are guided by the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development and the UN Millennium Development Goals. 

Training is important as a core component of human resource capacity building, which is central to the quest for sustainable development. However, its influence on participant stakeholders is often difficult to assess without a measurable outcome. In AUICK’s case, senior government officials of nine AUICK Associate Cities (AACs) have formulated Action Plans at its workshops since 2005, to implement in their cities. The plans define steps to address the issues faced by their cities, and reflect lessons that participants have learned at the training workshops, and are a measurable outcome of the workshop programme. 

This study aims to show the context of AUICK, its history and support, and then assess the influence it has on its stakeholders, concretely through the implementation progress of Action Plans formulated by AAC government officials at AUICK workshops between 2005 and 2008. This will to provide a case study of a capacity building organization, recommendations for the AUICK programme, and justification for its continued support, expansion and/or replication.

CONTENTS

AUICK Action Plan Progress Report, 2010

Introduction

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 3.1.

Chapter 3.2.

Chapter 3.3.

Chapter 3.4.

Chapter 3.5.

Chapter 3.6.

Chapter 3.7.

Chapter 3.8.

Chapter 3.9.

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Conclusion

Annex

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