The project includes four components: Component 1 - Urban Infrastructure; Component 2 - Poverty Reduction in Poor Neighbourhoods; Component 3 - Urban Safety and Crime Prevention; and Component 4 - Formulation of Institutional and Fiscal Framework for the Metropolitan Area.
The objective of Component 1 is to provide decision-makers and financing institutions with a medium- and long-term vision of metropolitan development and a strategic framework for short- and medium-term projects for water drainage, waste water and solid waste management. The objective of Component 2 is to develop neighbourhood strategic plans for basic services and infrastructure and for socio-economic integration of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups. The objective of Component 3 is to coordinate and develop activities taking place under the existing strategic and action plan for urban safety. There is no specific budget for this component, which benefits from Component 2 inputs and coordination by the project manager. The objective of Component 4 is to provide decision-makers with comparative and substantive elements to prepare the new institutional and fiscal framework of the metropolitan area.
The main activities under Component 1 were:
Evaluation of existing plans and projects and formulation of metropolitan strategy with different scenarios. Identification of priority action plan.
The main activities under Component 2 were:
- Support to formulation and establishment of metropolitan poverty observatory.
- Support to formulation of municipal strategy for poverty reduction and improvement of basic services.
- Participatory formulation of priority action plans in 16 neighbourhoods.
The main activities under Component 4 were:
- Situation assessment and proposition of different scenarios for metropolitan institutional organization
- Support to preparation of legislative reform.
Cross-component activities: Capacity-building with international study tours (South Africa and China) and local seminars.
The strategy and action plan for Component 1 have been adopted. Institutional arrangements for implementation are being considered. This component originally included the formulation of a metropolitan strategy for transport but another donor supported this activity. In Component 2, the framework for the observatory has been adopted. 16 neighbourhoods have strategic plans and the Municipality has adopted the methodology and the framework for replication. A new municipal department for support to “local and partner initiatives” has been created. Additional activities to be completed: Preparation of recommendations for the municipal strategy for housing and land tenure regularization. In Component 4, the scenario has been adopted by stakeholders and is being discussed at the highest levels. Legislative reform not yet completed.