Rapid Planning Toolkit in Bo, Sierra Leone
Urban planning, capacity building, climate, governance
The Prince’s Foundation in partnership with the Commonwealth Association of Planners, New York Marron Institute for Urban Management, UN-Habitat, Bo City Council, Commonwealth Local Government Forum, Commonwealth Association of Architects and University College of Estate Management
The speed and scale of growth anticipated in the next few decades will mean that managing urban areas, and planning for new sustainable urban extensions, will be one of the most important challenges facing cities and societies in the 21st century. The Rapid Planning Toolkit is a simple and practical 4-step tool which intends to assist city leaders and built environment professionals in creating robust and implementable walkable neighbourhood plans in rapidly growing cities or towns. The Toolkit advocates that built environment professionals collaborate with local and national governments, technical specialists and local communities to create effective city planning. The Toolkit is currently being tested in Bo, Sierra Leone which has a population of 270,000, set to triple to 540,000 by 2040. In just 9 months they completed Steps 1-3, including tree planting and are due to start Step 4 in 2021. An Online Learning Platform which will enable cities to learn about the Toolkit, download resources and access templates will be available soon. Click here for more information about the Toolkit resources and the Bo Case Study.
RELEVANCE TO THE CALL TO ACTION ON SUSTAINABLE URBANISATION ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH
These examples have been chosen because of their relevance to the Call to Action, as shown by the direct quotes provided below. To view the Call to Action click here.
- “Sustainable urbanisation demands collective action – genuine multi-level governance – to empower, enable and support cities and their citizens”
- Cities and human settlements are responsible for ensuring delivery of essential services including water, sanitation, healthcare, education, public transport, and housing.
- Sustainable urbanisation requires a commitment to good governance, integrated planning, effective service delivery together with fiscal and political empowerment.
- Sustainable urbanisation demands collective action – genuine multi-level governance – to empower, enable and support cities and their citizens.
- Universities, research, technology, innovation, and knowledge sharing will be at the heart of ensuring sustainable cities and human settlements of the future.
THIS EXAMPLE HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY
Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP): https://www.commonwealth-planners.org/
The Prince’s Foundation: https://princes-foundation.org/