Cooperation in Urban Development and Dialogue (CIUDAD) - The Programme
The "Cooperation In Urban Development And Dialogue" (CIUDAD) programme aims to help local governments in the ENPI region enhance their capacity to plan for sustainable, integrated and long-term urban development using good governance principles. It does this through capacity building and by promoting mutual understanding, exchange of experience and cooperation between local actors in the EU and in the Partner Countries of the ENPI region in the implementation of common projects. By creating new partnerships and strengthening existing ones among local and regional authorities in the ENPI region (South-South, East-East and South-East partnerships), it also hopes to achieve long-term benefits extending beyond the life of the programme.
The partnerships were formed in response to a Call for Proposals launched by EuropeAid for projects designed to address sustainable urban development issues. Each project must be implemented by a Consortium of at least three eligible non-profit organisations (including local authorities, universities, and civil society organizations) in a minimum of two ENP countries. Thus the partnerships are strengthened by working together on specific projects of relevance to all communities involved.
Projects covering one or more of the following three themes were eligible:
Environmental sustainability and energy efficiency;
Sustainable economic development and reduction of social disparities, and;
Good governance and sustainable urban development planning.
In all 21 projects were successful, a number of which cover more than one theme. The cross-cutting theme "good governance" is addressed by the majority of the grant projects.
"Energy" is largely covered by grant projects in the ENPI East region whereas "Waste and Water" is more strongly represented in the ENPI South region. CIUDAD is one of the first programmes that has encouraged partnerships to implement projects in the two ENPI regions, and five of the successful projects rose to this challenge.
To help the grant beneficiaries implement these ambitious projects, the EU also put in place a technical assistance project, called the CIUDAD Supporting Mechanism.