The concept of city-to-city learning and its benefits to cities
Cities around the world are facing unprecedented challenges as they deal with climate change, rapid urbanization, increasing disaster risks, volatile economies and environmental pressures. City-to-city learning aims to build greater institutional and human capacity to accelerate progress towards disaster resilience. The main difference and advantage of this initiative over other capacity development services, such as technical training, is that cities learn together and from each other’s knowledge and experience.
IHE Delft aims for cities to become learning organizations by engaging in city learning networks. Many of the problems cities are facing are shared by other cities, even on the other side of the world. Often they have complementary strengths and weaknesses and by cooperating, they can offer reciprocal support and services.
What we offer to cities in need
IHE Delft facilitates city-to-city learning initiatives through its tailor-made training service. This service caters directly to the needs of each city or development organization. The initiative can vary in length and depth, ranging from an exchange of several days, to a tailored city-to-city learning programme in which regular learning activities are mixed with case studies and modules requested by the involved cities.
IHE Delft has, for many decades, assisted cities across the world to become more disaster resilient. Here are a few examples of courses, programmes and workshops we offer, often developed in partnership with cities and development organisations.
- Tailor-made Training services
- Short course on water sensitive cities and urban water governance
- Asia-Netherlands Water Learning Week organized under the water knowledge partnership between the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and IHE Delft, supported by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- Workshop on Leadership for Resilient Cities
- Making cities resilient campaign in cooperation with UNISDR. Dutch cities Delft and Dordrecht share best practices
- Setting up a Learning and Action Alliance in Kendari, Indonesia
- Resilient Cities Leadership Survey developed by IHE Delft and TransformationFirst.Asia
Three projects related to City-to-City learning for Disaster Resilience have received co-funding from the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment.
Bax & Company delivers resilience through the facilitation and acceleration of effective learning and collaboration between cities, business, NGO, acacemia, government and citizens. Turning complex concepts such as resilience and climate adaptation into feasible and bankable investment and implementation programmes for infrastructure and urban development, particularly mainstreaming investments from multiple domains.
Bax & Company facilitates city-to-city learning, in collaboration with partners e.g. IHE Delft. The objective of City-to-City learning is to build greater institutional and human capacity required to accelerate progress towards disaster resilience. A distinction from other capacity building services, such as technical training, is that cities will learn together. The promise for cities is to become learning organizations by engaging in city learning networks. Our services comprise a structured approach to matching, preparation, facilitation and follow-up for you to get most out of your collaboration.