URBACT supports cities to develop integrated practices
Cities can learn a great deal from each other’s experience
City-makers need the right skills to make positive change and to push for more integrated and participative practices.
To inspire practitioners and decision-makers in the EU and beyond, URBACT capitalises on cities’ success
An URBACT Network is a safe space for a group of cities facing similar challenges to share experiences and to develop long-term solutions. Cities develop their activities with local stakeholders – change makers from the public and private sectors, academia, NGOs and civil society – as part of their URBACT Local Group.
There are three types of Networks under URBACT IV, which cities and other bodies – metropolitan areas, specialised agencies, districts and boroughs – can apply to join:
- Action Planning Networks – cities and local stakeholders co-produce an Integrated Action Plan to tackle their common challenges. Read stories of cities in action here.
- Transfer Networks – cities share and adapt a successful Good Practice that has already been implemented in a Network’s city. Discover how good practices can be transferred from one city to another here.
- Innovation Transfer Mechanism Networks – cities adapt the experience of a successful Urban Innovative Actions’ project and develop an investment plan to implement it.
Cities benefit from financial support for staff working on the network,
Interested in taking part in a Network? Find out how to get involved!
Cities involved in an URBACT Network benefit from the extensive support of experts. These experts are approved, following an evaluation by an independent panel.
Each Network selects a Lead Expert. All partners can also be supported by Ad-hoc Experts, whenever necessary. Equipped with URBACT tools and experience, these experts support cities in designing and implementing their activities, including setting up and maintaining their URBACT Local Groups.
Professionals who are interested in becoming URBACT Validated Experts can apply at any given time. Find out how to get involved!
URBACT is widely recognised for building the skills of city staff and stakeholders in designing and implementing integrated policies in a participatory way. Capacity-building activities include workshops, Universities, National Campus, online interactive sessions and practical tools to be used in a collaborative way.
While most capacity-building activities are reserved for cities that are involved in Networks, the URBACT Toolbox is open to all within and beyond URBACT. The Toolbox provides a comprehensive set of guides, videos and templates for all stages of the action-planning process – from analysing problems to measuring results, while engaging with local stakeholders and sharing knowledge.
URBACT promotes the latest thinking, experiences and case studies on urban trends, coming from the Networks, cities and strategic partnerships. The collection and analysis of practices bring together different stakeholders across the EU, from cities to experts and representatives of EU institutions. URBACT’s insights are gathered in the Knowledge Hub using different formats: articles, reports, videos, crash courses, infographics, policy city labs and events.
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