UITP is set to extend its partnership with the World Bank and UNDP with new Capacity Building Programmes in different regions around the world in 2016.
In recent years, UITP and World Bank co-organised two Capacity Building Programmes entitled Leaders in Urban Transport Planning (LUTP) to enable participants to develop a structured way of decision-making which considers all the complexities of urban transport planning.
Based on this first successful partnership, both parties have agreed to extend their cooperation and organise the same programme in three different regions around the world in 2016; Dubai for the Middle East Region, Istanbul for Eastern and Central Asia and Africa as well. The first programme will take place in Dubai on 5-11 March 2016, whilst subsequent programmes in Istanbul and Africa will take place in the second half of 2016.
The Leaders in Urban Transport Planning (LUTP) Capacity Building Programmes will be jointly organised by the World Bank and the UITP with support from PPIAF, Korea Green Growth Trust Fund and ESMAP. The events aim to develop leadership capabilities in urban mobility planning. It seeks to create awareness of what integrated mobility planning involves, what are its different components and how it needs to be undertaken. It uses a ‘hands on’ learning approach, making extensive use of case studies, group exercises and site visits – all aimed at highlighting linkages between the different components of the urban transport system. The workshop will be preceded by a 5-week self-learning phase, from participants’ work locations, during which they will need to go through a self-learning course, based on materials provided to them.
UITP has also signed a partnership agreement with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to provide capacity building programmes under the UNDP Global Environment Fund (GEF) project called ‘Reducing GHG emissions from road transport in Russia's medium-sized cities’. UITP has been asked to provide public transport training in the two cities at the centre of the project – Kaliningrad and Kazan.
The training to be provided by UITP will consist of nine modules. Public transport authorities, operators and other interested parties in these two cities are being encouraged to sign up. The proposed programmes will be delivered between August 2015 and March 2016.