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Street Addressing and Management of Cities
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Course Theme:Innovative Solutions for Cities
Sub-Theme:Planning, Finance and Governance
Course Format:Facilitated
Time Commitment:6 hours per week for 6 weeks
Amount:US $ 0 (Course is free of charge)
Contact Name:LearningWB
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November 10, 2015 - December 14, 2015
Application Ends On : October 27, 2015
April 06, 2016 - May 10, 2016
Application Ends On : March 23, 2016
Cities in developing countries are facing enormous challenges with the demographic explosion and the trend to devolve urban responsibilities to local governments who frequently lack the human, technical and financial resources to manage their city. Street addressing is a crucial first entry point for municipalities, but also to the private sector and the public in general.

A street address allows municipalities to locate homes, businesses, infrastructure, services and municipal assets in order to perform their functions, such as:

  • manage city improvement, plan new investments and program recurrent maintenance (such as solid waste and street maintenance); public assets inventory.
  • improve tax base identification and local tax collection;  
  • address land management issues in cities with weak land registration and judicial systems, and where illegal/informal settlements are prevalent; and,
  • gather and manage a wide range of urban information.

A street address enables the private sector to become more efficient and increase profits:

  • utility concessionaires can manage their networks more effectively;
  • businesses can receive supplies and ship goods more easily and efficiently;

A street address is important for the public in order to:
  • create a sense of citizenship and civic identity;
  • facilitate enhanced registration (electoral purposes and other);
  • have accurate access to fire, ambulance, post and other services; and,
  • enable residents, tourists and visitors to navigate the city more easily and locate urban services and facilities.

What is street addressing? Street addressing is a powerful, yet simple and low cost, tool for city management, particularly in developing countries. It is a technique which shifts emphasis from plot level demarcation, registration and titling to street units, and from property rights to occupancy status. It provides the opportunity to:

  • codify streets in order to facilitate spatial location of buildings, infrastructure and land, based on doorways numbering and street signs;
  • conduct a systematic and targeted survey of the city, its municipal assets and services, businesses and population;
  • set up an urban information management database that is associated with addresses and that be used as a reference for multiple municipal management applications;  
  • launch a GIS based on the urban database accumulated by street addressing, or provide thematic layers to an existing GIS; and,
  • create or update city maps and establish a street index for use by and municipal agencies and services, businesses, the public in general.
  • Finally, in order to have a city-wide impact, a street-based approach is far more promising than the traditional high-cost neighborhood-level projects that have a limited impact. A street-based approach begins with street addressing, followed by street rehabilitation and maintenance, including stormwater drainage, and street lighting for security. Street addressing is the basis for these first steps towards city-wide upgrading, development and management.

About the course. The course is targeted at local governments and municipal practitioners. It is organized into five weekly modules with an average commitment of at least six hours per week.

  • Module 1: Introduction to Street Addressing
  • Module 2: Street Addressing Applications
  • Module 3: Designing a Street Addressing Program
  • Module 4: Addressing Zones, Names and Numbers
  • Module 5: Implementation and Maintenance

Target Audience:

Designed for Local Government officials, municipal staff, service providers, utilities and private operators, this course is operationally oriented and hands-on. Its content includes step by step methodology, case studies, videos, web discussion forums moderated by experts, basic web tools for mapping and real life applications.