Boosting the Development and Implementation of Urban Mobility Projects

Boosting the Development and Implementation of Urban Mobility Projects

From 22-24 11 2016, a training measure was run in Montevideo by Connective Cities on the topic of the “Management of Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships in the Development and Implementation of Mobility Projects” with 22 participants. The aim of the event was to promote the further development of urban mobility projects that had emerged from the previous Connective Cities dialogue event in Toluca in June 2016. This meant that the participants of those projects which had elaborated work on the project ideas via virtual communication were addressed in particular, although new participants interested in the topic were also welcomed to the training measure.

In mobility projects in particular, early and sufficient involvement of relevant stakeholder groups such as the citizens, local business people, organised civil society, the various administrative units, etc. are crucial to the success of a measure. Here, the question arises which of the respective stakeholders are to be involved when, where and to what extent. This question was addressed in various ways at the workshop, and the participants had the opportunity to look at two very concrete examples of participatory processes. Experiences with participatory processes in the Ecozone project in Toluca / Mexico and the “Encountering Street” in Berlin/ Germany presented to the participants showed them both the respective strategies in participatory processes and the challenges and results of the respective agreement processes.

In terms of its methodology, the workshop was structured both to allow participants to familiarise themselves with concrete examples and, using previous experience, to enable an addressing various types of approaches. A common analysis of current practice was conducted with the aid of the Worldcafé method. Following an in-depth treatment of conceptual aspects of participatory processes and the presentation of various analysing and planning techniques, the latter were also practised by the participants regarding their own projects. Furthermore, peer-to-peer consulting provided backup advice.

The participants gave a very positive assessment of the mixture of sharing information and experience, learning with the aid of examples, consolidation of contents with external inputs and practising and applying tools with interactive participatory methods. For the implementation of their own projects, they were able to take home tried-and-tested experience and above all learnt new methodological approaches. Although they had already taken various stakeholder groups into consideration in planning projects, the workshop further clarified the relevance of the multi-stakeholder approach, showed them new methods and, in addition, established further contacts. In this context, the international mix and the rich diversity of participants from different stakeholder groups such as municipal administration, civil society, administrative levels, etc. proved to be fruitful.

The participants came from Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile and Uruguay. It was especially interesting for the international delegation to learn about the latest developments in the city of Montevideo. Thus they welcomed sharing views and information with the various stakeholders from Uruguay and the opportunity to get to know more about urban development in Montevideo. Particular attention was given to the development of the historic city centre since a project proposal had already been developed at a Connective Cities Dialogue Event to address this topic.

The walk around the urban district together with Carlos Varela, Mayor of Municipio B (which includes the historic core of the city) was a special highlight of the event and was a particular honour for the participants. During the walk, the Mayor presented various projects and initiatives in the district and challenges it is facing. Now the highly motivated participants are returning to their project locations. The challenge after the event is to adapt the projects according to their new insights and planning and give even more consideration to the relevant stakeholders.

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