The Ten States of South Sudan are undergoing an unprecedented process of growth and development which has been accompanied by an accelerated pace of urbanization. Increasingly, towns and cities are recognized as de facto engines of economic growth and opportunity with expanding business, trade and livelihoods with growing linkages to rural hinterlands. Against this background, the Government of Southern Sudan has sought to improve governance and quality of life indicators through the adoption of decentralization policies which seek to empower State Level and Local Governments to better manage the growth and development of urbanizing centers across the region through building the capacity of local leaders and their stakeholders.
The general purpose of the Urban Management Training Programme is to strengthen the skills and knowledge of GoSS officials in urban management particularly in the areas of Town planning and strategic management, Land Management, and Housing Policy. Its specific objectives are to,
- The specific objective is to build and strengthen a pool of trainers from Southern Sudan who would in turn train local government leaders and officials in urban management.
- Deepen participants understanding of state specific urban concerns/challenges in Land management, Housing Policy and, Town Planning and Strategic Development; and be able to appreciate their relevance to cross cutting issues such gender, poverty and environmental sustainability.
- Develop strategies for addressing state specific urban development issues; including approaches to defining needs, developing and enforcing appropriate standards, assessing financial resources and matching requirements with resources.
- Develop an action plan for implementation and follow-up on urban management training in Southern Sudan, including the adaptation of Training Materials and publications.
Southern Sudan Government and states officials