Urban Planning and Urban Governance Iraq 2013

In 2013, The Hague Academy gave a training on ‘urban planning and urban governance’ for the technical staff from various ministries and departments and representatives of local communities in lraq. Through this project a 2-week training course was organized on ‘Urban Planning and Urban Goverance’ for technical staff involved in urban governance from various ministries and departments as well as representatives of local communities in lraq.

The participants have learned about four topics. The first subject covered political decentralization and the legal framework, including the importance of the clear assignment of responsibilities among central authorities and local governorates and dispute resolution mechanisms. The second module discussed effective strategies for fiscal decentralization and management of local budgets, incl. the need to develop local fiscal power, through the development of own-source revenues, shared revenues and intergovernmental transfers. Third, citizens’ involvement into the democratic process were covered. Fourth, the implementation structure for better service delivery was discussed, addressing the importance of assignment distribution for service provision between different levels of government as well as the importance of providing adequate financial provision for particular levels of government.

Objectives:

  1. To increase the knowledge and capacity of trainees about the concepts of decentralization in post conflict communities;
  2. To increase the knowledge and capacity of trainees about the implementation tools and strategies of effective decentralisation including political and administrative;
  3. To expose trainees to concrete examples from developing countries with an experience similar to Iraq on how to create possibilities for a greater economic growth that is more inclusive and comprehensive by addressing development from the bottom up.

 

Deliverables/Outcomes:

  • 10 days of training were conducted for the technical staff from various ministries and departments and representatives of local communities in lraq.