Urbanisation and its impacts: where is the evidence?

Topics Urbanisation
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The RDI Network is seeking to convene the academic, research, policy and practice expertise contained across its diverse community in the field of urbanisation and its impacts on development in Asia and the Pacific. As an issue which inherently crosses the traditional boundaries of aid programming sectors, the experience, knowledge and relationships from a range of geographic and sectoral areas will be required.

The project will produce a background paper for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), informing their ongoing response to Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities—make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. The paper will be guided through cross-sectoral dialogues and targeted engagements between and beyond Network participants, and will feature a series of roundtables and workshops in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra.

Seeking to ensure the project is inclusive of a range of voices and developed to high quality, the steering group are seeking to engage a voluntary advisory group of urbanisation specialists to inform the process, and a qualified lead consultant to produce the paper. More information on each of these functions is below.

Call for EOIs: Expert Advisory Group

A voluntary advisory group will inform the paper through the production of presentations showcasing the latest evidence and practice in identified geographic and sectoral priority areas which interact with the challenges and opportunities of urbanisation. The group members will be required to present in either Melbourne or Sydney at a workshop to be held during the week of 25 June, and to input a short written summary of content.

A call for expressions of interest to join the advisory group is now open, and closes on Friday 25 May. If you think you have knowledge or experience to contribute to this important area of aid policy, download the full details of the call here.

Call for EOIs: Consultancy

The Network is seeking a consultant or consultancy team to lead on delivery of the project outputs, namely a series of workshops convening expertise, and the production of the background paper showcasing the latest evidence in the practice and policy of urbanisation across Asia and the Pacific. The project will be carried out from June-August and will require a high level of skill in convening expertise from a range of sources, and working collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders.

If you are passionate about the challenges and opportunities associated with urbanisation in our region, and can offer the skills to convene, collate and present the latest evidence in the field, download the call for expressions of interest here, and make your submission by Friday 25 May.