20 – 22 May 2015 — The UN‐Habitat in partnership with the Cities Alliance has published Quick Guides for Policy Makers: Housing the Poor in African Cities series. The overall purpose of this series is to provide policy makers at national and local levels with information that will enhance their understanding and consequent responses to urbanization issues. In addition the Quick Guides series also aims to provide them with tools that will improve their skills in housing developments especially for the urban poor and to enable them to make informed policy and strategic decisions. The Quick Guides are presented in an easy‐to‐read format, including an overview of trends and conditions, concepts, policies, tools and recommendations.
As part of the dissemination of the Quick Guides for Policy Makers: Housing the Poor in African Cities a training pack was designed based on the Quick Guides. Its contents draw substantially on the themes and cases depicted in the different volumes. This training pack includes a Facilitator’s Guide, PowerPoint presentations, and videos. The training pack equips national and regional training institutions and other relevant organisations with the necessary tools to provide training for policy makers on the Quick Guides series in their countries.
The overall objective of the workshop in Walvis Bay at the Pelican Bay, Protea Hotel was to further disseminate the Quick Guides Series for Africa and to help deepen the national discourse on housing with some practical policy and strategic options based on what is working and what is not working in the African context. The workshop was facilitated by facilitators from the Polytechnic of Namibia, the Namibian Association of Local Authority Officials (NALAO) and UN Habitat Regional Office in Nairobi, Kenya.
Although NALAO was still the main organisation responsible for designing and implementing the workshop we worked with other key partners such as the Association of Local Authorities in Namibia (ALAN), relevant ministries and the Polytechnic of Namibia being transformed into the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). UN‐Habitat is offering technical support and the workshop was made possible through the financial support of Cities Alliance for the project.
You find the full “Quick Guides for Policy Makers: Housing the Poor in African Cities” series, including Facilitator’s Guide, in our training materials section.