Urban Research and Capacity Development

Research and capacity development area monitors progress made towards the slum target of the Millennium Development Goals and the Habitat Agenda, and reports the results through its flagship reports and Urban Indicators Programme, which, where appropriate, include gender perspectives.

Efforts are also directed towards supporting the production of local urban knowledge and the establishment of urban observatories that collect and analyze data, disaggregated by sex where applicable. Information and knowledge on best practice are also collected and disseminated. The programme provides expertise in developing institutional and individual capacity on evidence-based, gender-responsive policies and programmes that benefit the urban stakeholders.

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