GOPP will appoint from within its staff the following: The Project Manager, Senior Accountant; senior engineers for the working groups ,provide premises - at no cost to the project - and the bulk of finance for the project. It will also seek parallel financing for the International Spatial Development Vision Seminar with Egypt’s neighboring countries.
Financing of the project will be on a cost-sharing basis with contributions from the Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Development, both directly to the project and via the budget of RPPC3. (During the 1st cooperation between GOPP and UNDP, the UNDP helped to establish a special financial unit for RPPC. Because of that relative financial independence which enabled it to have its own budget, RPPC3 became the most mature of the GOPP RPPCs and is in a position to contribute financially to the present project).
The achievement of national targets and the Millennium Development Goals hinges on the capacities of individuals, institutions and societies to transform to attain their development objectives. The UNDP Strategic Plan 2008 – 2011 positions capacity development as the core contribution of the organization to development. In this project The role of UNDP will be :
• Support Policy development through Engagement of Stakeholders in the national, regional and governorate planning processes. This will be achieved through mapping of key partners and the facilitation of multi-stakeholder processes and dialogues
• Enhance Knowledge Management through co-operation with other public agencies is being as the full value of GIS technology rests firmly on the sharing of information among producers, users and consumers. This includes the joint development of protocols for data exchange, meta-database development, and willingness to make available existing data on reasonable terms. The benefits of information sharing far outweigh the costs of withholding important data and of maintaining it in proprietary formats.
• Facilitate the Mobilization of International Expertise and Comparative Experiences: UNDP will have an important role in facilitating the exchange of international experience to enable GOPP to examine best practices in the field of physical planning and urban management at a regional level. Knowledge sharing will be supported both in the International Regional conference at the start of developing the Egyptian National Spatial Vision to 2050 and in the involvement of international expertise to identify and plan for development corridors.
• Strengthen Monitoring and Evaluation: UNDP is strongly supporting GOPP’s pioneering efforts for community involvement in the evaluation of government programmes – in this case to see if the new Strategic Planning methodologies are delivering the community benefits anticipated. The plans are formulated with the participation of community and private interests. Will implementation proceed in line with the plans? That is the fundamental question that needs to be answered by this component.
• Support the Development of a Communications Strategy to ensure the visibility of project achievements and wide interpretation to ‘stakeholders’ in the planning process. At the urban and village level this entails communication with a variety of local community organizations and the private sector, not just the government officials and consultants involved in the plan preparation. At the regional level, the stakeholders are multiple branches of government, not just the planning bodies. In addition, some semi-academic semi-public meetings will be scheduled during the second half of the project to stimulate debate about the role of spatial planning in some of the vital issues for the achievement of Egypt’s targets in the Millennium Development Goals.