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Sub-National Urban Policy: A Guide

Subnational Urban Policy: A Guide, is an instrument to support urban management for governments and stakeholders, especially at the subnational level. It is based on experiences collected at different levels of sub-national governments and regions around the world. It broadens knowledge and commitment to better understand what subnational urban policies are, what they are for, who benefits from them, and the problems they try to solve. In the Guide, you will find suggestions on how to develop Subnational Urban Policies, the necessary phases of the process, as well as citizen participation and multi-level governance.

The guide offers governments and stakeholders the conceptual and methodological aspects for the development of subnational urban policies, It sets out the steps for the successful development, implementation, evaluation and monitoring of sub-national urban policies through a flexible process that adapts to different contexts.

The process of the subnational urban policy consists of 5 phases: feasibility, diagnosis, formulation, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation, which are characterized by guaranteeing intersectorality, articulated vision of the territory, horizontal and vertical articulation and fundamental aspects in subnational contexts. Likewise, it is based on the key pillars of multilevel governance, citizen participation, capacity development and projects.

This guide is a tool for sub-national governments, policy makers and all stakeholders in urban development. It guides the approach to urban policies at the appropriate level to achieve sustainable development objectives and to articulate and coordinate levels of government in this endeavour.