Geoffrey Payne and Associates is pleased to announce a new service to help central and local government agencies responsible for urban development and housing policies to strengthen their effectiveness and reduce the need for future slums and informal settlements.

Extensive international research conducted over the last four years in six countries has shown that a major factor in the growth of informal settlements is the way in which urban planning regulations, standards and administrative practices make it difficult for many households, especially the poor, to conform to legal requirements.

The research confirms that audits of the regulatory frameworks for urban housing and planning can identify specific constraints. The removal or relaxation of these constraints can increase public sector influence over urban development, reduce poverty and help achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

We are pleased to offer a range of options to government agencies interested in carrying out regulatory audits of official requirements for urban planning and housing provision. These include:

  • Workshops to show how to undertake a regulatory audit based on local conditions and resources
  • Carrying out a regulatory audit together with local professionals
  • Providing a monitoring and evaluation service to assess the impact of changes to existing regulatory regimes
  • Providing specially designed training programmes for urban development and housing agencies
  • Providing a cost effective back-up service

The benefits of the workshops for government agencies include:

  • Increased efficiency and effectiveness of urban management structures
  • Learning how to attract and guide inward and local investment and maximise public revenues through regulatory reform
  • Identify options for dealing with, and reducing the future need for, unauthorised settlements
  • Identify options for facilitating efficient housing delivery and land management systems
  • Help the poor access improved housing, services and credit
  • Creating an opportunity for informal discussions between public, private and community sector groups on constraints and options for change in local regulatory regimes
  • Providing training for staff in urban development and housing agencies so that they can train others in methods for reviewing, transforming and monitoring regulatory regimes
  • Advice on finding and securing funding from international donors

All workshops and training programmes will be tailor-made to suit local needs and conditions.

Geoffrey Payne and Associates have extensive international experience on undertaking regulatory audits and providing professional training courses and workshops.

To discuss any of these options in more detail or if you wish to receive more information about other services provided by Geoffrey Payne and Associates, please get in touch via our contact page.