Workshop: Un-Habitat Workshop - Towards an Evidence-Based Decision-Making for Cities in Africa
24th-25th May 2018, COAM, Madrid, Spain
DATE: 25/5/2018
According to UN-Habitat Urban Indicators programme, over 60% of local authorities recognize that they don’t have appropriate capacities, means and tools to understand urban dynamics and challenges with accurate data and information. Cities require a monitoring system that can track progress and identify setbacks using new approaches and techniques in order to support the formulation of better informed policies. They also require periodic assessments on their state of development and accurate tools to evaluate policy outcomes and the impact of specific plans and actions. Moreover, the monitoring and reporting of the Sustainable Development Goal 11 – Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable - and the New Urban Agenda presents major challenges that other SDGs do not necessarily confront, even in countries with the most advanced statistical systems. Effective monitoring and timely implementation of SDG 11 as well as other urban related SDGs requires a strong involvement from both local and regional governments in data collection, analysis and reporting. Doing so requires a concerted effort to institutionalize urban development monitoring systems.
As stated in the New Urban Agenda (NUA), strengthening data and statistical capacities at national, subnational and local levels should be a priority to effectively monitor progress achieved in the implementation of sustainable urban development strategies and to inform decision-making and policy formulation (Art. 158). The importance of improved data collection and disaggregation was also recognized by the 2030 UN agenda for Sustainable Development in order to leave no one behind.
To help find creative solutions to the urban information crisis, UN-HABITAT’s Global Urban Observatory (GUO) developed the urban observatory model for urban data collection and analysis, in partnership with cities around the world. The Unit has been providing systematic guidance on how to set up an Urban Observatory, developing a global network of local, national and regional urban observatories to facilitate the data collection and monitoring process of urban indicators. Urban observatories are well-positioned to address the frequently expressed need for reliable, high resolution urban datasets specific to the cities and immediate city-regions in which they operate. They assist in strengthening data capacities at national, sub-national, and local levels, providing platforms to facilitate effective knowledge exchange and promote evidence-based governance built on a shared knowledge base. Today, GUO is overseeing and coordinating over 374 urban observatories worldwide: 101 in Africa, 143 in Asia, 130 in Latin America. These local think tanks are leading the local level engagements on collecting, analyzing and interpretations of data for urban indicators related to the NUA and the urban SDGs. GUO has conducted several regional workshops (Africa, Asia, Arab States, Latin America, etc.) to enhance the capacities of Local Urban observatories and share with them new tools and approaches that are suitable for global monitoring of NUA and SDGs targets.

Workshop attendance, location and language
The workshop participants will come from Universidad CEU-San Pablo, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), University of Makeni (Sierra Leone) and other interested universities and institutions, including free professionals. Estimated attendance of the workshop will be around 50 persons. Participants are expected to have laptops, note pads and pens or any form of writing materials.
The workshop language will be English, it is free cost and an attendance certificate will be given to participants.
It will be held at the Architects Association of Madrid, sited at Hortaleza 3. The workshop is open, but registration is needed. Please, write to:"

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