The teaching resource will require a total of 64 hours divided into 12-15 sessions/lectures.
This teaching resource is called “City Strategic Development Strategy”, and is anchored with the course: Strategic Planning and Project Cycle Management. This course offers a thorough insight into the discipline of Strategic Planning for the city contect, and Project Cycle Management. The course focuses on the main theoretical aspects and processes of Strategic Planning, and most importantly, it tries to pay significant attention to the practical aspects. It does so, by moving from the macro-level of Strategic Planning, towards concrete projects which will be implemented as part of the overall Strategic Plan.
How will the Resource Method work?
In order to connect it to the urban development context and make it as realistic as possible, a call for proposals will be launched (open to the class groups to apply, similarly to a Request for Proposal in a real donor agency situation). The call, will be a reflection of the current needs of particular municipalities in the country, to either initiate the Strategic Development Plan drafting process, or its reviewing process. Students organised in groups (4-5) are invited to express their interest and submit proposals, representing the interests of a particular group, e.g. CSO, public institution, etc.
Each group, is asked to express interest to participate in the process via a Memo addressed to the Mayor of the City. From the moment the call is published, (around teaching week 2-3) to the moment a draft plan is submitted, the groups will have approximately 6 weeks to go through all the stages of the Strategic Planning Process. By week 8 or 9, groups will be requested to present in front of a panel (comprising of the party that has launched the call and pool of experts in urban development, public finances, environmental management, etc.) and will be shortlisted by vote.
This course is particularly timely, and relevant, especially given the recent developments vis-à-vis territorial administrative reform. Local Government Units have been subjected to major changes, with 373 units shrinking into 61, all of which will need to design their strategic documents in order to reflect the changes in territory, constituencies, and development priorities.