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Training & Capacity Building

UMC understands the importance to recognize “continuing education” as an important pursuit for City Managers to enhance their efficiency and skills.

At UMC, we combine our network of experts, resource people and training organizations with adult learning methodologies, tailor-made capacity building plans, study tours and internships to create specific training programs. The concept of ‘Continued Education’ has paid off extremely well in terms of enhanced efficiency and improved skills.

UMC has also undertaken a series of training programs for local government associations of India and South Asia to strengthen their functioning to keep them abreast of the innovative practices and techniques being employed in other parts of the World.

Training and Capacity Building Modules on Faecal Sludge and Septage Management for Stakeholders

 

Client: National Institute of Urban Affairs
Location: India
Duration: July 2017 - 2018

National Institute of Urban Affairs instituted a programme Sanitation Capacity Building Platform. SCBP, anchored by NIUA, aims to build local capacity for planning, designing, and implementing non-sewer decentralized sanitation solutions, with a specific focus on Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (FSSM) and wastewater; for which UMC prepared training and capacity building modules for various stakeholders.
The modules were meant to be freely used by any organization (public or private), national and state-level training institutes, AMRUT, and SBM Training institute: for conducting training on Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (FSSM).
The module package for each of the above-mentioned module consisted of the following:

A trainer's manual (English and Hindi)
Training notes (Slides of the PPT presentation, followed by a brief explanation of each slide and references to further readings on the concept) (English and Hindi).
Each module consisted of a detailed agenda for the training session. After reviewing reference materials, case studies, on-field experience, UMC condensed the learning into the module presentation. This module, along with the presentation, consisted of audio-visual materials, reading materials, pre, and post-evaluation forms, and group exercises and discussion points for the audience. Various national, state and city-level documents and policies were reviewed.

The modules are as following:
One-day orientation module on FSSM for ULB officials
Half-a-day orientation module on FSSM for elected representatives in ULBs
Half-a-day orientation module on IEC and BCC for FSSM for ULB officials
The orientation module for ULB officials presented the key learning elements for the basic training module in a narrative format covering the aspect of urbanization trend, urban sanitation concepts, Open Defecation Free (ODF) priorities, terminologies, technologies, financing, and behavior change, in the urban sanitation policy and program framework of India.

The orientation module for elected representatives enabled mayor/presidents, ward councilors, and executive officers to understand conceptual and strategic issues in urban sanitation and enable them to support sanitation planning in a constructive manner.
The module on BCC for ULB officials was specifically designed to bring out the importance of IEC and BCC in the case of FSSM and also for sanitation in general. With the need of sensitizing the different stakeholders and also making them aware of their roles and responsibilities, this module gives the participants various methods and case studies for IEC and BCC. A group exercise was specifically designed to help the participants plan for a communications strategy for a city.

Also, as a part of providing resource personnel for the training programs, UMC conducted a half-day session for elected representatives in Jaipur in May, 2018.

For more information contact us at info@umcasia.org

Smart City Proposal for Agra and Bareilly

 

Client: The International City/County Management Association (ICMA)

Location: Agra and Bareilly

The Government of India has initiated a program for developing 100 of its cities as Smart Cities over a period of five-years between 2015 and 2020 The Ministry of Urban Development Government of India (MoUD) had rolled out the Smart City Mission (SCM). The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) in association with Urban Management Centre (UMC) and Edge soft India Pvt. Ltd had formed a consortium to project. The allotted cities were from the state of Uttar Pradesh – Agra, a heritage city and one of the most prominent tourist destinations in India, and Bareilly an important town in the North-Western Region of the state of Uttar Pradesh. Both the cities were required to prepare a Proposal for Smart Cities Challenge. The preparation of the Proposal required the services of consultants. To facilitate Cities / State Governments to prepare Proposal, MoUD required consulting firms to assist States/ Union Territories through its World Bank assisted Capacity Building for Urban Development (CBUD) project. Consulting Firm will prepare and deliver a Proposal to the Urban Local Bodies under the supervision of the State Government.

Agra and Bareilly are among the 18 cities selected in Uttar Pradesh. With a significant standing in heritage and tourism and regional importance as well as with a population as large as 1.7 Million in Agra and 1.1 Million in Bareilly, the city stands to gain from this opportunity to rejuvenate itself into a smart city.

The Smart City Project of the GoI has four main strategic aspects through which the two cities could achieve this: (a) PAN city proposals whereby Smart ICT based solutions could be incorporated for the existing infrastructure of the city, (b) Greenfield development, where most of the smart city techniques and innovative urban planning could be implemented whilst developing on a vacant land, (c) Redeveloping portions of existing built-up areas in the city, and (d) Retrofitting by incorporating additional planning interventions in the existing built-up areas.

One of the key highlights of the program was the significance given to citizens-consultation at various levels, involving them at every stage of the plan preparation process and thus, making it a ‘people’s plan’. According to the Smart City mission, the plan had to incorporate concept, visions, strategy that were appropriate to the local context, resources, and the level of ambition. For this, the city (read: through citizen’s consultation) conducted a self-assessment on the basis of 24 urban sectors through which smart solutions were designed. These transformations focused on improving the quality of life by generating employment opportunities and enhancing incomes especially for the needy those who were poor and underprivileged to be able to create an inclusive and sustainable environment.

The 4 aspects of the Smart City Proposal
The Smart City Mission of the GoI has four main strategic aspects through which cities will achieve this:
Development of PAN city proposals whereby ‘smart’ ICT based solutions could be incorporated for the existing infrastructure of the city.
Greenfield development, where most of the smart city techniques and innovative urban planning could be implemented whilst developing on a vacant land.
Redeveloping portions of existing built-up areas in the city, and
Retrofitting by incorporating additional planning interventions in the existing built-up areas. Within this are 24 different urban sectors, listed out in the ministry’s SCP template, which the city may choose from for proposing specific smart-solutions for the city.

For more information contact us at info@umcasia.org

Training and Capacity Building Projects

 

Training and Capacity Building Modules on Faecal Sludge and Septage Management for Stakeholders

Smart City Proposal for Agra and Bareilly