|Designing Human Settlements Training in African Countries - Volume 2: Trainer's Tool Kit (HABITAT, 1994, 182 p.)|
Owing to the rapid pace of urban growth in the developing countries and the scarcity of resources, the need for competent managers rises dramatically each year. For this reason, the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat) has, for more than a decade, been offering training programmes for urban managers aimed at closing the skills gap and promoting new approaches, methods and techniques. The need for training, however, far exceeds UNCHS (Habitat)s capabilities. Further, many local training institutions are not used to and, in some cases, are reluctant to design training programmes that respond adequately to the emerging requirements of human settlements managers. The problem is compounded by a general absence of information about designing training programmes that promote learning - programmes that, therefore, have high potential for bringing about the needed changes in work performance.
This publication, in two volumes, is intended to close the training information gap. Designing Human Settlements Training in African Countries was written by Fred Fisher and David W. Tees of the International Development Institute for Organization and Management (IDIOM), in collaboration with UNCHS (Habitat) Training Section staff. The training materials were produced within the Settlements Management Training Programme Capacity Building Project funded by the Government of the Netherlands and were field-tested in the UNCHS (Habitat) training courses in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.
This manual is a contribution to human-resource development and institutional capacity-building needed to facilitate best practices in settlements management and development, one of the key objectives of the second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) held in Istanbul in 1996.
Dr. Wally NDow
United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat)
United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II)
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