AUICK Program 1989-2010 in Collaboration with UNFPA
In the 1980s, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) supported a series of studies and conferences
AUICK's first activities were a series of urban inquiries to the mayors and administrations of over 200 Asian cities, to find out the problems and issues affecting each city's populations and development. The inquiries revealed urban administrators' concerns on expanding urbanization and population related issues such as migration, health care, family planning, urban air and water pollution, and found that many sought capacity building technical information. AUICK took on the role to facilitate the exchange of this information, conducting in-depth studies and disseminating lessons learned on cities' changing characteristics and successful service provision practices.
AUICK began to arrange Workshop training seminars in 1996, for participation by Asian local government officials, to put a capacity-building approach to development into practice. Between 1996 and 2003, it trained 242 city administrators and planners from 69 cities in 13 countries, and arranged eight seminars on primary health care, population ageing, and water and environment issues in urban settings. It also published a Newsletter to reach a wider audience of developmental planners and related institutions throughout Asia, and its website at email@example.com contains a database of information and reports. AUICK's activities are guided by UNFPA and its Asia and the Pacific Regional Office, and Domestic and International Advisory Committees, made up of scholars and political figures of prominence in Asia.
Since 2004, AUICK has worked with a core group of nine principal stakeholder AUICK Associate Cities (AACs), to build the capacities of 'critical masses' of trained personnel to improve service provision in each of
Since 2005, participants have formulated 89 Action Plans, of which over 50 per cent have become city government policies to improve welfare provision. The Plans are a quantifiable, results-based outcome to the AUICK Program, and with recent City-University Partnership, Technical Support and Research Projects, they show AUICK's commitment to building Asian cities' capacities to manage their own solutions to emerging and persistent development challenges.