Talk and listen!
Urban development is about people and their lives. People grow up, live, work, consume, access services and interact in cities and towns. They should therefore be involved in shaping the development of their urban environment, and the participation of diverse stakeholders contributes to good urban planning, poverty reduction and sustainable development.
Participation is closely linked to internal and external communication. Effective communication will counter misunderstandings and rumors, prevent conflicts, share information, and provide important input to discussions, analyses and plans. Communication and information sharing are essential for transparent and accountable governance.
The purpose of the SymbioCity thematic module of Communication and Participation is to enhance city capacity to manage effective participation and communication in urban development by:
›› improving understanding of the links between participation and communication, and sustainable urban development
›› introducing adaptable approaches to participation and communication that serve different purposes
›› developing capacity to apply a strategic approach to participation and communication
›› promoting multi-stakeholder involvement and participation in all SymbioCity processes.