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					WBI Urban:
Structured Learning Programs



  Introduction


  Urbanization is the defining phenomenon of the 21st century. For the first time in history, more
  than half of the world’s population lives in cities with 90% of growth taking place in the
  developing world. Poverty is urbanizing. Across all developing regions, except ECA, urban
  poverty is growing. 70-75% of urban residents in Africa and South Asia are poor. In Latin
  America, more than half of the poor live in urban areas. Already over 1 billion, slum populations
  are expanding further.

  While urbanization presents many challenges, it provides tremendous economic opportunities.
  Majority of wealth is created in cities as they account for around 70 percent of global GDP. The
  old paradigm views urbanization as being too rapid and that primary cities are too large.
  However, a consensus is emerging towards a new paradigm: urbanization is not just inevitable
  but essential to economic growth, prosperity, and poverty reduction.

  In response to the challenges and opportunities brought about by this century’s unprecedented
  pace and scale of urbanization, the World Bank Institute (WBI) Urban Team provides city
  managers and practitioners with knowledge and skills to effectively handle this phenomenon.
  Building on past experience and successes, the team makes available innovative solutions
  for effective and efficient city management to create economically vibrant, inclusive, and
  safe and resilient cities.

  WBI Urban views itself as a critical player in the fulfillment of the World Bank’s new Urban
  Strategy, launched last November 2009, through activities that are aligned with WBI’s role as
  the primary provider of capacity development within the Bank. Fully aligned with the Urban
  Strategy, we offer a wide array of learning courses in the following areas: urban planning and
  land management, municipal governance and finance, urban service delivery, and
  ensuring safe and resilient cities.

  WBI Urban collaborates with institutional partners in the regions for customization and delivery.
  The team has also increasingly shifted its attention towards the creation of a catalogue of
  distance/ e-learning courses for self-paced learning and to scale up dissemination and
  accessibility of knowledge.
Urban Planning and Land Management


Sustainable Urban Land Use Planning. This course aims to ensure that course participants
have a functional and integrated understanding of urban land dynamics, and to demonstrate
through a case library of good practices around the world how to effectively utilize policies and
planning instruments to manage urban growth and achieve sustainable, equitable and efficient
development outcomes. Target audience includes urban practitioners, policy makers and city
managers involved in land use planning in developing countries who are confronted with the
various challenges accompanying rapid urbanization.


Contact:       Mansha Chen (mchen2@worldbank.org) or
               Catherine Farvacque-Vitkovic (cfarvacque@worldbank.org)


Street Addressing and the Management of Cities. Based on the similarly-titled World Bank
publication, this e-learning course provides a set of tools and transfers the methodologies
necessary for designing, implementing, and managing workable street addressing systems
which have important applications for city management, such as resource mobilization, land
management, service delivery, and utility management. The program is designed for local
government officials, private operators, and training institutions.


Contact:       Catherine Farvacque-Vitkovic (cfarvacque@worldbank.org) or
               Sabine Palmreuther (spalmreuther@worldbank.org)




Municipal Governance and Finance


Municipal Finance Tools and Methods (forthcoming). This course aims to enhance knowledge
and management capacity of local government financial staff who are currently engaged in
municipal finance. It will have several modules covering the following topics: 1)
intergovernmental finance, 2) accounting, budgeting and financial reporting, 3) revenue
management, 4) expenditure management, 5) managing local assets and services, 6) managing
external resources, and 7) performance management and diagnostic tools.


Contact:       Catherine Farvacque-Vitkovic (cfarvacque@worldbank.org) or
               Mihaly Kopanyi (mkopanyi@worldbank.org)




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Public Administration (for Latin America). In partnership with Monterrey Institute of Technology
(Mexico), WBI has a number of e-learning courses on Public Administration, catered especially
to the Latin American region.
 Municipal Management. This program provides elected and appointed municipal staff with
    practical knowledge and practical advice and policy options as to how to handle common
    and complex municipal management issues.
 Design of E-Government Portals. The course provides participants with a framework for the
    design, operation and monitoring of e-governance applications for local governments given
    the instrument’s potential to establish a more efficient, effective and participative relationship
    between social agents and public administration entities.
 E-Government for Development and Competitiveness. This program provides participants
    with a framework for the design, operation and monitoring of e-governance applications for
    local governments to improve the competitiveness of local governments.
 Strategic Management of Public Finance. This course presents the latest practice in
    sustainable financing, local government operations and service delivery, and aims to enable
    participants to pursue practical applications based on successful techniques and
    approaches.


Contact:       Sabine Palmreuther (spalmreuther@worldbank.org)
Websites:      “Municipal Management” (Spanish):
               http://www.cca.org.mx/funcionarios/emprendegestionpublica/curso_gest2.html
               “Design of E-Government Portals” (Spanish):
               http://www.cca.org.mx/funcionarios/emprendegestionpublica/curso_egov3.html
               “E-Government for Development and Competitiveness” (Spanish):
               http://www.cca.org.mx/funcionarios/emprendegestionpublica/curso_egov2.html
               “Strategic Management of Public Finance”(Spanish):
               http://www.cca.org.mx/funcionarios/emprendegestionpublica/curso_fina1.html


Certification in City Management Program (for India). Since 2005, WBI has successfully
developed a Certification in City Management Program in partnership with the Hyderabad-
based Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) and the State Institute of Urban Development
(SIUD)/YASHADA in Pune, Maharashtra. In response to the request of the Government of India
(GoI) in 2008 for WBI to scale up the certification program to reach more practitioners across
India, WBI introduced e-learning approaches to enrich the learning environment, improve
financial sustainability, and significantly increase the training capacity of these two programs.
New diplomas and modules are being developed based on demands emerging from the fast
changing urban context, such as Public-Private-Partnership in Urban Services Delivery, Solid
Waste Management, Urban Poverty Alleviation, and City Development Strategies.


Contact:       André Herzog (aherzog@worldbank.org)
Website:       http://www.asci.org.in/SUM2011/index.html




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City Management (for China). Since 2001, WBI has developed a distance learning program on
Sustainable Urban Development and Management jointly with Ministry of Housing and Urban-
Rural Development and the China National School of Administration (CNSA). Delivered through
the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) and the Western China Development
Distance Learning Network (CDDLN), this program has trained over 4,000 civil servants and
professionals. Building on the success of this program, CNSA and WBI are collaborating on a
new “Modern City Management” e-Learning program to introduce latest good practices and
innovative solutions in city management. The first e-leaning course developed in 2010 is Urban
Planning: Coping with Emerging Challenges. WBI also developed an online course on
Reshaping Economic Geography based on World Development Report 2009 and the
International Seminar on Regional Development jointly with China’s National Development and
Reform Commission’s Training Center.

Contact:       Mansha Chen (mchen2@worldbank.org)
Websites:      “Sustainable Urban Development and Management”
               http://go.worldbank.org/LJ9Y6QJIW0 (in Chinese)
               “Urban Planning: Coping with Emerging Challenges” (in Chinese)
               http://vle.worldbank.org/moodle/course/view.php?id=339
               “Reshaping Economic Geography” (please enter “REG” for course key):
               http://vle.worldbank.org/moodle/course/view.php?id=436




Urban Service Delivery


Upgrading Informal Settlements (forthcoming). This course covers the basic conceptual and
operational aspects of how to design and manage a slum upgrading intervention, while
reviewing key issues related to the policy and programmatic approaches for scaling up and
anticipating future urban growth. It is designed for urban practitioners who need to acquire basic
knowledge and skills in order to manage slum upgrading projects, including national and sub-
national government officials, city managers, CSOs, the private sector and academia.

The course builds on previous materials developed by the World Bank and Cities Alliance, such
as a multimedia sourcebook on Approaches to Urban Slums (see next section) which has been
made available online and has been adapted in Spanish.


Contact:       André Herzog (aherzog@worldbank.org)




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Approaches to Urban Slums (online toolkit). This sourcebook, available online in English and
Spanish for free, compiles the rich and growing body of knowledge on the vital issue of
improving the lives of existing slum dwellers. At the same time, it helps in planning for new
urban growth in a way that ensures that future urban residents are not forced to live in slums. It
builds on an extensive body of knowledge accumulated from a wide range of sources over 35
years. The toolkit includes 14 self-running audio-visual slide presentations and 18 video
interviews which provide knowledge and opinions of urban stakeholders and experts from
various perspectives, including development organizations, governments, nongovernmental
organizations (NGOs), community organizations, academia, and professional urban consulting
groups.


Contact:       André Herzog (aherzog@worldbank.org)
Website:       http://wbi.worldbank.org/wbi/learning-product/approaches-urban-slums


Designing and Implementing Successful Water Utility Reform. The course aims to enable
participants, especially CEOs, to review and experience the water supply and sanitation utility
reform process by understanding the political economy of the sector, understanding consumers,
and creating and selling a financial and institutional strategy for sustaining utility performance.
Through lectures, case studies, and interactive discussion, senior managers and executives
gain the knowledge to understand, identify and enable transformational change within their
utility.


Contact:       Jenny Datoo (jdatoo@worldbank.org)




Ensuring Safe and Resilient Cities


Safe Cities - Crime and Violence Prevention. Delivered in collaboration with the Monterrey
Institute of Technology (Mexico),this self-directed e-learning program uses cutting-edge
Internet-based learning technology and interactive features to provide local government officials
with specialized “how to” guidance to enhance their capacity to design, implement, and manage
effective and sustainable programs to reduce and prevent crime and violence. The course was
previously only available in Spanish but has now been developed in English, updated and
contextualized to target English speaking audiences, especially in the Caribbean and
Anglophone Africa. Pilot delivery of this version began on March 1, 2011 and will be completed
on May 9, 2011.


Contact:       Sabine Palmreuther (spalmreuther@worldbank.org)
Website:       http://www.ruv.itesm.mx/portal/promocion/ds/dcs/ (Spanish)




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Safe and Climate Resilient Cities (forthcoming). This E-Learning course will expose city officials
and practitioners to cutting edge tools on vulnerability assessment, various modalities for
accessing financing, and on decision-making under uncertainty to identify options and establish
priorities to make their cities more resilient to climate change impacts and natural disasters. A
key feature of the course is the module on building a local resilience action plan (LRAP) which
participants are expected to formulate after the course. Supplementing the learning program will
be an interactive online learning platform to ensure continuous learning and facilitate interaction
among participants.


Contact:       Federica Ranghieri (franghieri@worldbank.org)


Introduction to Disaster Risk Management (forthcoming). This initiative will update and
consolidate WBI Urban’s existing set of disaster risk management (DRM) course to provide a
unified introductory course featuring fundamentals of DRM which will form part of the WBI e-
Institute (currently under development).

Since 2004, WBI, together with regional and       WBI’s existing DRM courses
national partner institutions, has offered           Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management
                                                      Framework
courses targeted to different levels of
                                                     Financial Strategies For Managing The Economic
government, civil society, private sector,            Impacts Of Natural Disasters
international agencies and donor                     Safe Cities
organizations that promote a proactive               Community Based Disaster Risk Management
approach to disaster risk management (DRM)           Damage and Reconstruction Needs Assessment
by focusing on prevention, mitigation, and           Earthquake Risk Reduction
                                                     Climate and Disaster Risk Management
preparedness. More than 150 learning events
                                                     Risk Sensitive Land Use Planning
have been held since 2004 with over 6,000            Gender Aspects of Disaster Risk Reduction
participants.                                        Risk Analysis



Contact:       Federica Ranghieri (franghieri@worldbank.org)
Website:       http://www.wbidrm.org or http://go.worldbank.org/Z1U012M0K0




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