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Training Course: – First In- Country (In -CT1) – Municipality Spatial Planning Training

Target Group: –        

The technical training course brought together Senior Planners from Public Universities and other technical officers involved in Formulation, Implementation and Monitoring of Municipal and District Councils Spatial Plans. Twenty-Nine (29) participants from Public Universities, Municipalities and Towns councils including Dodoma city council, Singida Municipal council Iringa Municipal council and Morogoro Municipal council. Others were from the District Councils of Chamwino, Kondoa, Mpwapwa, Kongwa, Singida DC , Iramba , Bahi,  Iringa DC  Kilolo, Gairo, Mvomero, Kilosa, Morogoro.  Chemba, and Manyoni. Participants from Universities came from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Dodoma University, Mzumbe University, Mbeya University of Science and Technology, Open University of Tanzania and the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology. All were trained planners in planning activities in their respective Councils and Universities. The resource persons were largely drawn from AICAD, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), University of Dodoma (UDOM) and planner from private practice.       

Brief Description:-

The course aimed at strengthening the municipal/District Councils’ capacity in National Planning by training municipality planners in the essential skills and approaches necessary for effective municipality development planning and management and; creating a forum in which municipality planners can exchange views and experiences thereby creating network building among municipalities. Specifically, the course looked at among others;

  •          Formulation and implementation of Municipality Spatial Plans
  •          Financing Municipality/Town Spatial Plans
  •          Monitoring and Evaluation of Municipality Spatial Plans

Summary of the training: –

To support Municipal and Town councils to respond to the planning challenges, the African Institute for Capacity Development (AICAD) in collaboration with UN – Habitat and the University of Dodoma (UDOM) organized a three-day spatial planning course, conducted between 2 – 4 October 2019 at the Royal Village Hotel in Dodoma City. The training focused on three key related modules including:

i.   Formulation and Implementation of Municipality Spatial Plans

  This module introduced the concepts and issues in Municipal Spatial Planning, and its implication to socio- economic growth and development. It exposed the participants to ​the challenges of urban development & management in Tanzania, National planning and development frameworks and guidelines, and; the policy and legal framework for Municipality Spatial Planning and a discussion of key themes and components in Municipality Spatial Planning.

It exposed participants to ​current and emerging issues in spatial planning. The module covered the concepts and theories of spatial development, rationale for and its underlying themes. An overview of the recent approaches and experiences of Municipal/Town spatial planning process in Tanzania and the role of participation in municipal spatial planning was given special emphasis.

ii.    Financing Municipality Spatial Plans.

The main focus of this module was on various issues in cost configuration of Municipality spatial plans, procurement and tendering processes and capacity development needs for municipality spatial planning. It focused on the ​planning & budgeting processes, ​resource mobilization and revenue enhancement for Municipality Spatial Planning in Tanzania. 

iii.       Monitoring and Evaluation of Spatial Development framework in Tanzania.

This module aimed at equipping municipality planners with requisite knowledge on the procurement processes and implementation of urban planning and management services in Tanzania and; monitoring and review of municipality spatial planning. It focused on the ​challenges of urban planning and management and; improving public spaces and greening in Towns, Municipalities, Cities & metros in Tanzania.

 The resource persons were largely drawn from AICAD, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), University of Dodoma (UDOM) and planner from private practice.  The training was largely participatory and used a combination of training techniques including lectures, group and discussions and case study analysis. Participants were also provided with an opportunity to exchange experiences from their Universities and Councils.