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City Development Strategy for Greater Cotonou - Benin
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Within the framework of the Cities without Slums sub-regional programme, UN-HABITAT developed a proposal for a City Development Strategy (CDS) for Greater Cotonou comprised of the municipalities of Abomey Calavi, Cotonou and Seme-Podji.
Location: Municipalities of Abomey Calavi, Cotonou and Seme-Podji
Branch:
- Regional Office for Arab States
Partner: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Municipal Development Partnership, Government of Benin, Municipalities of Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou and Seme-Podji, UN-HABITAT
Donor: Cities Alliance, UNDP, Government of Benin, Municipalities of Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou and Seme-Podji, MDP, UN-HABITAT
Theme:
- Urban Development and Management
- The Urban Legislation, Land and Governance Branch
- Social Inclusion
Cost: US$565,000

Background and objectives:

Within the framework of the Cities without Slums sub-regional programme, UN-HABITAT developed a proposal for a City Development Strategy (CDS) for Greater Cotonou, comprised of the municipalities of Abomey Calavi, Cotonou and Seme-Podji. The main objective of the project is to assist the government of Benin to formulate a CDS and to promote conditions conducive to the development of a city that is inclusive, functional and managed in an efficient and rational manner. The project will establish a collaborative mechanism to facilitate the participation of civil society, the private sector, and the national and local authorities.

Activities:
The main activities included:

  • Formulation of a development action plan for the next 25 years.
  • Definition of a 10-year investment programme, including a priority action plan for urban poverty reduction.
  • Capacity building of national and local institutions for urban planning and management.

Results:
The following results were achieved:

  • Cooperation agreement signed with Municipal Development Partnership (MDP) to provide administrative and logistical support for the implementation of the project.
  • Policy steering and technical committees created to advise the project team and to monitor implementation.
  • Focal point nominated in each municipality to participate in the project implementation and ensure sustainability.
  • Sensitisation meeting with stakeholders and development partners.
  • Communication strategy developed and implemented.
  • Situation analysis report prepared and validated at a stakeholders workshop.
  • Working group established to review reports by consultants on urban mobility, metropolitan governance, urban environment and poverty alleviation.
  • Consultant recruited to assist the working group in the preparation of the CDS.
  • The French Development Agency (AFD) has expressed willingness to contribute to the implementation of the action plan.
  • ¬†Formulation of training and capacity-building plan is underway.
 
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