Supporting Municipalities to Develop Sustainable Urban Economic Plans that Attract Investment for Climate Resilient Infrastructure and Value Chain Projects
The main programme objectives are to:
Strengthen capacity at municipality level to plan better for urbanisation.
Support policy and legislative changes to enable greater private sector led growth.
Raise investment for critical bankable, climate-resilient infrastructure and value chain projects.
Develop and test capacity at municipality level to maintain key activities after the programme ends.
Create climate-resilient jobs.
Improve rural links with larger markets that were previously difficult to access.
Poise municipalities for climate-resilient and sustainable growth.
The programme has selected 12 municipalities for support, through a competitive bidding process.
Urban Economic Planning
SUED is working with local institutional authorities at the county and municipal level to design and implement urban economic development plans.
The urban economic plans integrate market based approaches into the counties integrated plans emphasising the potential of value chain development. With SUED’s support municipalities will learn how to assimilate regional economic corridor development initiatives into County urban economic planning.
As a result, the plans will support economic corridor planning, agro-clustering, industrial park development, special economic zones and technopole development. The plans will be tailor made for each municipality and will be responsive to the needs of the local population.
Investment Climate Advisers
SUED will provide technical assistance to municipalities to help them map out the national and county level legal and regulatory environments constraining private-sector urban growth.
SUED will avail to the municipalities analytical tools to assess county level investor readiness as way of helping municipalities identify areas that they need to support to stimulate further demand- driven investment climate reform.
The programme will provide technical assistance to
support municipalities to develop and implement investment promotion strategies that draw in investment including public private partnerships (PPPs).
The investment will fund commercially bankable climate resilient infrastructure and value chains that will be identified in specific municipal urban economic plans.
Capacity Building Specialists
With SUED’s support, municipal staff will receive technical assistance to enhance their capacity for planning, investment, value chain and municipal management.
As a result, they will be able to sustain SUED’s programmatic efforts. This will enable the municipality to better manage their climate resilient infrastructure and promote investment in resulting in efficient and equitable development.
SUED’s work with municipalities is geared towards gender and social inclusivity through enterprise development activities that will enhance the employability of marginalised populations.