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Brief Profile of the

National Urban Planning Institute

 

 

1.  Introduction

2.  Mission and Vision of NUPI

2.1 General Vision and Mission
2.2 Vision and Mission Statement of NUPI
2.2.1 Long Term Vision of the National Urban Planning Institute (10-20 Years)
2.2.2 Short Term Vision of the National Urban Planning Institute (5-10 Years)
2.2.3 Mission of the National Urban Planning Institute

3.  Objectives and Goals of NUPI

4 .Contributions of NUPI To National Urban Development

 

 

 

1.  Introduction  

      In recognition for the fulfillment of the requirements of the broader national development strategies drawing up and implementing urban plans in accordance with the national and regional development strategies with a view of ensuring that the development of Ethiopian urban centers is guided by plans based on research and is harmonized with the comprehensive social and economic development plan of the country;

        The fact that it was believed that prescribing procedures whereby broad participation of the people can be combined with current improved planning approaches and practices for the preparation and adoption of urban plans creates favorable conditions for both the implementation of such plans and the development of urban centers;

 

Based on these imperatives, the National Urban Planning Institute was established in 1987 by the proclamation No. 317/1987. NUPI is a Federal Government institution, which has been rendering a wide range of services in urban planning and urban affair studies since its establishment. To respond to the national decentralization processes and macro-economic changes, the National Urban Planning Institute has recently commissioned a study that involves its organizational restructuring. Accordingly, NUPIs  future mission and vision statements, organizational goals and objectives as well as its functions are redefined in such a way that they comply with present organizational and institutional arrangements at the federal level in issues related to plan making and implementation functions.

 

 

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2.1 General Vision and Mission:

      Acknowledging the fact that the demand for urban planning service in the country is huge and the current response is limited that planned development of urban centers has more than ever become to be a major challenge in the overall national development effort;

      Recognizing the fact that the introduction and application of the planning service in Ethiopia has a record of relatively brief history (dating back to the 1960s) and since then the service has been provided in a fragmented and uncoordinated manner so much so that one could not discern conceivable distinction amongst cities and towns with and without plans;

      Taking a serious note on the current and expected development and growth of cities and towns in Ethiopia due to natural increase and migration and the concomitant need for guiding and servicing urban settlements which should be addressed in a manner that enables the promotion of a healthy and sustainable national urban development;

      Admitting the current institutional, legal and regulatory frameworks related to urban development in general and planning in particular need to be reformulated and improved to provide effective response to existing and foreseeable huge planning demands of the country;

      Identifying the fact that past and present planning responses at various levels had been and are oriented towards developing and drawing grand urban plans with out due regard to the development priorities and needs, resource and institutional capacities of cities and towns in the country etc.

 

Consistent with the decentralization and democratization process in the Country, and with the view of providing an effective response to the above concerns of plan making and implementation processes, the National Urban Planning Institute, therefore, needs to have some form of redefinition and reorientation of its Vision and mission statements in a manner that fits the present urban development strategies and institutional frameworks in the country.

 

2.2 Vision and Mission Statement of NUPI

The National Urban Planning Institute as an affiliate institution and in tune with the basic mission statements of the Ministry of Federal Affairs has the following Vision that it envisions to attain them within short and long-term spans.

2.2.1 Long Term Vision of the National Urban Planning Institute (10-20 Years):-

The National Urban Planning institute in the long term envisions seeing that all major cities and towns in Ethiopia will become highly competitive centers for commercial and industrial development with firm democratic foundations, good governance systems, improved institutional and technical capacities that would ensure the full realization of discharging their respective roles in national development.

2.2.2 Short Term Vision of the National Urban Planning Institute (5-10 Years):-

In the short-term span, NUPI envisions seeing that necessary technical and institutional capacities related to plan making and implementation of four Regional States and Addis Ababa is created and the capacity of the private sector for delivering the planning and implementation service is enhanced. NUPI also envisions consolidating and enhancing its plan making potentials to a level that will be responsive both in terms of quality and in terms of quantity of its future planning performance.

2.2.3 Mission of the National Urban Planning Institute:-

The National Urban Planning Institute envisions to play a key role primarily directed at assisting and supporting Regional and local governments in the areas of urban planning and implementation, developing institutional, organizational and human resources capacities of Regional States that would enable them to effectively handle urban development planning challenges. It also envisions developing strategic public private partnership that aims at the eventual democratization and liberalization of the urban planning service in the country that will bring about effective realization and achievement of national, regional and local urban development objectives.

   

 

3.   Objectives and Goals of NUPI                                                     Back to Top

To realize its vision and mission, the broader objectives of the National Urban Planning Institute has been outlined in tune with the broader objectives of the Ministry of Federal Affairs. The broader goals and objectives of NUPI are expected to serve as departure points for maximizing potential and opportunities and redressing present deficiencies in the planning and implementation efforts with the view of facilitating the realization of the broader national and local urban development objectives in general and delivering an improved planning and implementation services in particular. The National Urban Planning Institute will have the following major objectives:  

      To conduct and participate in urban plan preparation activities for various cities and towns in different regional states whose technical and institutional resources are limited,

      To develop institutional, organizational and human resources capacities of regional and local institutions in the urban planning and implementation areas so as to enable them to effectively respond to present and future urban planning and implementation challenges,

      To develop strategic public private partnership that would make possible the eventual liberalization of the planning and implementation process in the country,

      To develop broader urban planning strategies, necessary guidelines, and planning and implementation manuals that facilitate and ensure smooth planning and implementation processes in the country.

   

 

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Since its establishment, NUPI has successfully completed urban plans for 89 cities and towns and plan preparation of 8 other towns is in progress. Master Plans prepared by the NUPI are Bahirdar, Gonder, Debrebirhan, Nazreth, Negeleborena, Asela, Ziway, Awasa, Jinca, Addis Ababa and Diredawa master plans.

In this regard In the last 15 years of its existence, the Institute has completed 11 master plans, 62 development plans and 16 action plans and officially handed over to concerning regional government.  It has played as a focal point for practitioners and academics in the urban planning related field. It has conducted various urban related studies in collaboration with  national and international professionals in the urban development field.  NUPIs research & planning interest are urbanization processes, housing & settlement planning, urban policies and strategies, urban planning & implementation, general urban development issues, etc.

   

 

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