New Toolkit Helps Cities Steer Access to Public Goods to Foster Equitable Economic Growth
IPE Triple Line Consulting | News [ 23rd January 2017 ]
IPE Triple Line was proud to partner with the Cities Alliance in taking forward its Equitable Economic Growth in Cities Joint Work Programme. We designed and implemented a diagnostic toolkit to assess and foster urban economic development potential in cities. The toolkit is designed to help town and city managers – especially of small and medium-sized towns in the Global South – understand what equitable economic growth means for their city, and what kind of opportunities and constraints exist, and provides a mechanism for helping cities develop plans which harness opportunities for increasing the productivity of firms and the employability of individuals in their city.
As part of the development process, IPE Triple Line piloted the toolkit in select cities where Cities Alliance Country Programmes had been active. This enabled the firm to collect feedback and improve the product as the pilots progressed. Martyn Clark, Managing Consultant on IPE Triple Line’s urban development team, noted that the pilot testing resulted in a surprising outcome, and that the data collected through the process was just a starting point. “The dialogue generated through the process is perhaps the most important part of the toolkit,” Mr. Clark said at a webinar presenting the toolkit in November. “During the pilots, when stakeholders sat around the table to discuss the scorecard, they began a conversation about why access was unequal to some public goods as opposed to others, why that was the case, and the impact on economic growth. This then developed into a policy discussion about how the municipality could address the issues.”
Click here to view the final toolkit.