The major objective for establishment of Urban Policy Unit is to work in an integrated manner towards improving urban governance in the province. It will focus on achieving integration at urban planning, and target capacity development of line Departments.
The Urban policy Unit will work as a demand responsive unit, fire walled from implementation, and will be resourced with sector experts capacitated to respond to the needs of the provincial departments and entities.
This unit will formulate economic regeneration and growth strategies for urban clusters and urban region, and will maintain Urban data set and GIS, and generate research and disseminate innovations in urban sectors.
Urban governance can be defined as the sum of the many ways individuals and institutions, public and private, plan and manage the common affairs of the city. It is a continuing process through which conflicting or diverse interests may be accommodated and cooperative action can be taken.
It includes formal institutions as well as informal arrangements and the social capital of citizens.
The Global Campaign on Urban Governance proposes that good urban governance is characterized by a series of principles, which are interdependent and mutually reinforcing.
- Indicators are essential to assess the effectiveness of policies (eg. decentralization policy, gender policy)
- Indicators can help in monitoring if capacity building efforts yield the expected results (Value for Money; Cost-Benefit Analysis)
- The design of an indicators system can help creating a platform to involve civil society and private sector in local governance
- Indicators give us an objective set of data to feed the review of urban governance strategies when necessary
- Monitoring through indicators can provide an objective account of achievements of local elected leaders (for instance at times of elections).