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Canada-guyana partnership for community planning

The Canada-Guyana Partnership for Community Planning Project 2009-2012 is a partnership agreement between the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) and the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) which concluded in March 2012. The principal objective of the Project was the training of Guyanese Public Sector Professionals and Community leaders by means of a capacity-building program designed and delivered by Canadian and Guyanese trainers.  The training was delivered in the context of the preparation of Community Development Plans (CDPs)

In addition to training and capacity building, the Canada-Guyana Partnership for Community Planning Project afforded an opportunity to share and promote good planning practice occurring throughout the Region and build partnerships among like-minded Organizations.  To this end, the Project hosted a series of five (5) Regional/International Events over two (2) years. Three (3) of these Events were hosted in Guyana and two (2) in Canada.

Other project collaborators involved in delivering training activities are the Guyana Lands & Surveys Commission (GL&SC) and the University of Guyana-University of the West Indies- University of Suriname Consortium in Planning.

In March 2009, CIP entered into a contribution agreement with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to deliver this 3-year Project entitled “Canada-Guyana Partnership for Community Planning”. The Project was delivered by means of four sets of activities: Community Development Plans; Training & Institutional Strengthening; Communications & Promotion; Plan Implementation:

  • The design and delivery of Community Development Plans (CDPs). Each plan will reflect key issues, priorities and interventions particular to the selected community and consistent with the range of stakeholder expectations.
  • Training & Institutional Strengthening, relying on a mix of short-term, certified, modular, and on-the job training, and delivered by Canadian and Guyanese professionals.
  • Plan Implementation: Several tools are to be put in place in order to ensure the successful implementation of priority projects identified in the CDPs.
  • Annual regional events intended to communicate and promote project achievements, and build Guyanese, Canadian and Caribbean networks of professionals.

A fifth activity involves project management, monitoring and evaluation.

Our Partners

Representing a membership of approximately 7000 planning professionals across Canada, the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) has been dedicated to the advancement of responsible planning since 1919.

The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) has played an active role in the Caribbean since 1984, working to enhance the recognition of planning and to expose professionals, decision-makers and the public to good planning practice. CIP has worked directly with partner organizations in the Southern Caribbean since 1999 to strengthen planning practice in low income communities. This work has been supported by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and has taken the form of training, knowledge transfer, community workshops, and the placement of Canadian recent planning graduates as interns with Caribbean host organizations.

The Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA), was established in 1948, vide the Housing Act, Chapter 36:20, to address the housing needs of the citizens of Guyana. The Agency, which is under the purview of the Ministry of Housing and Water, has the following primary objectives:

  • Divestment of Government land to eligible Guyanese for residential use.
  • Development of housing schemes and regularization and upgrade of squatter settlements.
  • Orderly and progressive development of Land, Cities, Towns, Urban and Rural areas.
  • Granting security of tenure, (Transports and Certificates of Title to Land).
  • Preparation of development plans for urban centers.
  • Provision of services (access roads, internal road networks, water distribution networks, drainage, electricity).
  • Collaboration with stakeholders for the development of sustainable communities.

The CH&PA is the executing agency for the IDB-Funded Low Income Settlements Program (LIS), Guyana’s Second Low Income Settlement Program (GY-L1019), taking place between 2009 and 2014. The USD$27.9 million program has two components: investment in housing and squatter upgrading and institutional development and policy reform. During this time, the program will deliver 4,900 serviced lots to lower income households in selected communities throughout Guyana. The delivery of services lots is to be preceded by the preparation of community development plans in each of the selected communities. These plans are scheduled to be prepared between April 2009 and December 2011.
The CH&PA-CIP project will contribute directly to LIS II by incorporating CDPs into the project thereby having a further impact on poverty reduction.

The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

The project’s main focus is on governance: strengthening accountability and transparency in public sector institutions; as well as involving civil society in policy making and decision making. These correspond to CIDA Priorities in the area of Promoting Good Governance, with a particular focus on Public Sector Institution and Capacity Building.

With respect to CIDA’s Caribbean Community Strategic Programming Framework, the project is designed specifically to contribute to the theme of Democratic Governance. This includes building the transparency and accountability of public institutions associated with priority setting with respect to investments in social and physical infrastructure; and strengthening the participation of civil society in the process of decision-making and policy formulation.
While project activities are proposed to take place in Guyana, the regional dimension of the project includes bringing together professionals and decision makers from other Caribbean countries. In particular, CIP’s involvement in the Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP) offers one opportunity for supporting regional collaboration during the life of the project.