By 2050 four out of every five people could be living in towns and cities. Urbanization can drive development and improve lives, but it can also have a debilitating impact when corruption is involved.
When more than 1,000 people died and over 2,500 people were injured after a garment factory building collapsed in Bangladesh in 2013, corruption in urban planning was reported as one of the major causes of the disaster. Similarly, earlier this year, at least 10 people died and 121 had to be rescued when floods in Kenya brought down a residential building that was constructed without proper planning processes being followed.
In South Africa, it has been reported that local municipalities lost as much as US$8 billion when certain construction firms colluded in the building of Soccer World Cup stadiums in 2010 - money that could have gone towards more inclusive urban development in the country's poorer areas.
Urban planners can unlock the potential of sustainable urban development – and contribute to safer cities – if they are equipped with the right tools to identify and address corruption risks in the areas they work in.
That’s why Transparency International has teamed up with the University of Cape Town to host the first anti-corruption course for urban planners in sub-Saharan Africa, taking place in South Africa from 22 to 24 February 2017. The Association of African Planning Schools and Centre for Urban Law and Finance in Africa are other course partners.
“The New Urban Agenda identifies corruption as one of the major barriers to inclusive urban development. Yet there is a dearth of programmes that build capacity to better understand and tackle corruption in urban planning. In recognising and responding to this gap, we developed a practical and interactive training course to address the various ways corruption currently affects African cities,” says Dr Laura Nkula-Wenz, one of the course designers.
The course equips practitioners in the planning and urban development profession from the private and public sectors and civil society with the latest tools, tactics and networks to tackle the complex issue of corruption in urban planning processes. It will be presented by top urban planning experts from academia and civil society.
Consisting of five modules taught over three days, it will unpack the negative effects of urban planning corruption, discuss challenges of personal ethics and professional integrity, and present hands-on approaches to combat corrupt planning practices in the context of urban development in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Here are some frequently asked questions about the course:
Who is this course for?
It will benefit all practitioners working in spatial planning and urban development in sub-Saharan Africa. This includes municipal, provincial and national government employees, NGO and private sector professionals, as well as planning scholars keen to expand their curriculum. Participants should have practical experience in urban development which they are willing to share and reflect on with the group. No previous anti-corruption experience is needed.
How much does it cost?
The course fee of R6,500.00 (about US$462.00) includes notes as well as lunch and refreshments. Payment information will be sent on receipt of an application form.
What recognition will I get?
A certificate of attendance will be issued to all participants who attend the full course. A register will be taken daily. The course is registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa, and is accredited for the award of three continuing professional development (CPD) points.
How do I register?
To secure a place on the course, complete and return a signed registration form: www.cpd.uct.ac.za/cpd/cpdcourses/2017. Confirmation will be sent once the form has been received.
Registrations close one week before the start of the course. Cancellations must be received one week before the start of a course, or the full course fee will be charged.
When and where does it take place?
TS2A, Snape Building, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town, South Africa from 22 to 24 February 2017. Final information and directions will be sent to all registered delegates the week before the course starts.
Where do I get more information?