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National Urban Policy Guide: Mainstreaming Urban-Rural Linkages in National Urban Policies

Attention to the dynamic interactions of urban and rural, territories, people and places is expected to be an integral part of the formulation and application of National Urban Policies (NUP) as is made clear by both the SDGs and by the NUA. Parallel to the development of a platform and tools for implementing NUP, the articulation of “Urban-Rural Linkages: Guiding Principles and a Framework for Action to Advance Integrated Territorial Development” focuses on multi-level, multi-sector and multi-stakeholder inclusion of both urban and rural spaces, people and institutions in territorial governance. This Guide on mainstreaming urban-rural linkages in national urban policies brings these parallel efforts together.

The first part of this Guide provides the rationale and process of bringing URL into NUP processes and the second part addresses how to mainstream policy processes. The third part presents eleven recommendations which may be incorporated in developing or reviewing national or subnational urban policies. The recommendations include examples of NUP in countries that have included URL in their urban policies and other frameworks guiding urban development.

The recommendations are not prescriptive but provide options on how and what URL dimensions may be included in urban policies depending on context, analysis and stakeholder engagement.

This guide provides a framework that can be revisited when different challenges or opportunities arise in different contexts. It is designed to be a reference document for government officials, development partners, civil society, the private sector, research organizations and others. It also has checklists as appendices which can copied or adapted for use or for training the responsible stakeholders. It also provides a template for an action plan to implement specifically mainstreamed URL components in ministries or agencies.