The 3 Pillars of ISOCARP Institute
One of ISOCARP Institute’s core functions is to design and deliver capacity building and continued education programmes to individuals, organisations and institutions; conduct research and promote knowledge transfer; as well as offer advice and short-term consultancy services to government, non-government and international bodies worldwide. Through the Institute Academy, these programmes facilitate the vast knowledge and experience of ISOCARP, building upon over five decades and more than 850 individual and institutional members from about 85 countries working towards knowledge for better cities. The developed trainings are facilitated by representatives of the Board, senior members as well as staff.
One of these activities is the Young Planning Professionals Programme (YPPs Programme) which was initiated in 1991. The key activity is the facilitation of workshops which merge international and interdisciplinary co-creation and continued education for Young Planning Professionals (< 35 years). Since the establishment of the programme, 48 workshops across the globe were organised with around 1,000 participants from every continent.
The overarching goal of the Academy is the creation of an ongoing global training programme towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in urban areas. This training programme is a global capacity-building initiative targeting urban leaderships and urban professionals. It includes training for all levels of urban professionals that are directly involved in shaping the social, economic and environmental policies, strategies and implementation schedules of municipal and regional authorities. This training programme shall be considered as an overall capacity building initiative, which includes also a governing structure, composed of a quality and monitoring committee (Advisory Committee) which guarantees the successful implementation of the SDGs on a local and national level as well as deliver a substantial contribution to the global objectives towards 2030 Agenda and the New Urban Agenda (NUA). The entry points for the Training Programme are the four “domains of change” of UN-Habitat’s Strategic Plan.
Each training initiative is tailored to the client(s). It includes a training needs assessment and a negotiated agreement between the training provider and the client(s) in order to reach the desired outcomes more efficiently and effectively.
The first standalone training following the new formula took place prior to the 55th ISOCARP World Planning Congress in Jakarta/Bogor, Indonesia in September 2019, followed by several other activities and initiatives.