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Indicator 11.a.1: Proportion of population living in cities that implement urban and regional development plans integrating population projections and resource needs, by size of city

Proportion of population living in cities that implement urban and regional development plans integrating population projections and resource needs, by size of city

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Method of computation Develop a country score card that assesses and tracks progress on the extent to which national urban policy (development and implementation) satisfies the following criteria as qualifiers, based on participation, partnership, coordination and cooperation of actors: 1) responds to population dynamics 2) ensures balanced regional and territorial development 3) prepares for infrastructure and services development 4) promotes urban land-use efficiency 5) enhances resilience to climate change 6) protects public space 7) develops effective urban governance systems 8) Increase local fiscal space This indicator places particular emphasis on the aspect of national and regional development planning and the notion of inclusion of sectors and actors, articulated on national urban policies (NUP). The indicator has various key qualifiers that are scored between 0-5 (0-none, and 5 for full compliance). Tools to be used to support the reporting on this indicator include: baseline, benchmarking, point-of-service surveys, scorecard, peer-review and experts opinion, performance monitoring and reporting, focus group discussions, gap and content analysis. With initial support of UN-Habitat and partners tracking and assessment tools and methods will be developed, piloted and rolled out at country level to assess national urban policies developed and implemented based on the qualifiers listed above. Based on expert opinion, the assessment of the qualifiers of the indicator will target national government institutions as well as other key urban stakeholders from academia, private sector, and civil society organization, as per specific criteria of selection of these stakeholders. A threshold will be established to ascertain the level of satisfaction of each qualifier. The method for tracking and analysing progress on national urban policies will collate information on adopted policies, conventions, laws, government programs, and other initiatives that comprise an urban policy. This information would be in most cases already available. The analysis will cover the qualifiers listed above. The standard definition of National Urban Policy5 will be extended and adapted to country context and may include where applicable terms such as National Urban Plan, Frameworks, Strategies, etc. as long as they are aligned with the above qualifiers. For each of the 8 items defined above, policies will be scored on a scale of 1 to 5 for achievement or lack of achievement. Overall aggregate national scores (X) will range from 8 to 40 and these will be standardized to the scale of 0-100 using the following approach. If (X) is the observed aggregate value of the score for the policy performance using the above criterion, then its standardized value X(S) will be computed as; X(s) = 100 ( (X - Min(X) / Max(X) - Min(X) ) Where, Max (X) and Min (X) are the maximum and minimum values observed for X which is 8 and 40, respectively. Countries that achieve maximum values on the scorecard i.e. Max (X) =40, the value assigned via standardization will be 100 while those that achieve minimum score i.e. Min (X) =8 the value assigned via standardization will be 0. Unit: Number/dimensionless Number of countries which have scored above the threshold and are making progress on the range of qualifiers. When analysing the data and the score card, the scorecard of each country could be used to ascertain the overall performance of countries which could then be aggregated by regional groups and specific qualifiers. The scorecard will point to concrete policy recommendations, particularly for qualifiers that need particular attention.
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Indicator name Proportion of population living in cities that implement urban and regional development plans integrating population projections and resource needs, by size of city
Target name Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, peri-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning.
Global indicator description
UN designated tier 3
UN custodial agency UN Habitat (Partnering Agencies: UNFPA)
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Agency Survey Dataset
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