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University of Seoul – Addis Ababa – Seoul Urban Planning Capacity Building Program

By on August 25, 2016
University of Seoul

Contact name and title
Professor Myounggu Kang, Ph.D.


Title of activity
Addis Ababa – Seoul Urban Planning Capacity Building Program

Description of activity
Addis Ababa (AA) expects growth from 3.3M people in 2015 to 5M in 2025 and the growth would continue. AA confronts various challenges of urban issues, including land and housing, quantity and quality of public space, mobility, water, waste, pollution, etc. AA has a schematic plan, but it suffer heavily from lack of knowledge and skills to develop an implementable plan and to realize the plan into realty through implementation. University of Seoul (UoS), with Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG), provides Urban Planning Capacity Building for public officials of AA highly focusing on implementation. UoS program help fill the gap of AA among plan preparation, implementation, and achievement. Therefore UoS builds a team with SMG and delivers academic knowledge and practical experiences to AA focusing on “how” as well as “what” and “why.” This unique program, especially with the practical experiences (from finance to policy) from a rapidly growing city of Seoul, provides an opportunity for AA not only to make a good plan but also to make a difference on the ground towards better quality of life and prosperity of all Ethiopian people.
Sustainable Development Goal 11 targets relating to activity
11.1 By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums
11.2 By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons
11.3 By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries
11.4 Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage
11.5 By 2030, significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters, including water-related disasters, with a focus on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations
11.6 By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management
11.7 By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities
11.a Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, per-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning
11.b By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters, and develop and implement, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, holistic disaster risk management at all levels
11.c Support least developed countries, including through financial and technical assistance, in building sustainable and resilient buildings utilizing local materials
Main themes of this activity
Social Inclusion
Slum Upgrading
Planning and Design
Information and Monitoring
Climate Change
Changes that took place as a result of this activity
First of all, AA public officials become to understand their future which they has not been. Second, they become capable to prepare their better future in advance. Third, they take action to make changes.
How the impact of the activity was measured
At the training stage, we measure the participants’ change in attitude and motivation as well as knowledge and skills. After they return to work, we measure their leadership, proactive actions.
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