Urban Development and Social Infrastructure

NTU International has been supporting urban development projects since 2007. Photo; Zambia

Many developing countries need a new generation of buildings and infrastructures. Nowadays, more than half of the population lives in urban areas. For this reason, urban development and infrastructure renewal is fundamental not only for the progress of the country of interest, but also for a better welfare.

Urban development is a complex process, which requires several competencies. NTU’s expertise in the sector are fostered by pluriennal experience and the numerous projects implemented within the field. Indeed, NTU assists regional and local institutions in developing their opportunities of growth.

In this sector, business strategies are developed, while technical assistance and support is given to all stakeholders. Stakeholders involvement is a key success factor in this field. National development plans are designed, developed and implemented by NTU with clear focus on efficiency and sustainability.

Supervision services for Local Infrastructure Projects (2012 – 2013)

European Commission

The overall objective of the Project “Local Infrastructure for Economic and Social Development”, financed by EU IPA 2007, was to support the municipalities in the decentralisation process to effectively address the social infrastructure needs of the local communities and improve the lives of the economically disadvantaged people. The purpose of the NTU’s assignment was to support the successful completion of EU funded works contracts for selected social infrastructure projects.

NTU provided works supervision services and quality control in accordance with the EU PRAG General Conditions of Work Contracts and ensured thorough reporting for individual works contracts for the following projects:

  • Renovation/replacement of carpentry in 6 school buildings - Gjorche Petrov
  • Reconstruction of youth cultural centre "YCC" in the City of Skopje
  • Renovation of 4 school buildings - Kriva Palanka
  • Construction of new building for Culture Club - Ilinden
  • Construction of new building for Town Sport's Hall - Debar
  • Reconstruction of the house of culture "Krste Misirkov" - Sveti Nikole
  • Renovation of two school buildings – Karposh

Achieved Results:

Support provided by NTU enabled the Ministry of Local Self-government and individual Municipalities to accelerate completion of planned social infrastructure projects, which contributed significantly to generation of local employment, reduction of regional disparities, alleviating social tensions and increasing the country stability.

Support to the Establishment of a System of Planning and Coordination in Comoros (2012 – 2013)

European Commission/EDF

The overall objective of the project was to support the implementation of the Government’s Development Plan 2011-2015 in line with the Country Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper and the MDGs. NTU supported the achievement of the specific objective of the project that was to develop a system of participatory planning and coordination for sectoral needs of the Ministry of Planning of Territory, Infrastructure, Urbanization and Housing in the areas of transport, water and energy.

Activities carried out by NTU included:

  • Drafting a Guide on spatial planning for urban and rural infrastructure investments in the country
  • Developing a system of planning and coordination for the Ministry.
  • Developing a short and medium term training plan on spatial planning

Achieved Results:

Support provided by NTU was instrumental for increasing the effectiveness of Government’s action for the successful implementation of the national development plan, stimulating growth and achieving the poverty reduction goals.

Supervision Services for the Construction of the ZELS House of Municipalities in Skopje (2007 – 2010)

European Agency for Reconstruction

The overall objective of the project was to contribute to the decentralisation process of Macedonia and development of an effective local self-government system and procedures, thus securing stability in the country and facilitating closer association with the EU. NTU supported the achievement of the specific objective of the project that was to facilitate the operation of the Association of Local Self-Governments and Municipalities (ZELS) through construction of a fully operational headquarters facility for it.

Activities carried out by NTU included:

  • Assisting the ZELS in the administration of the works contract and technical control of the construction works.
  • Approval of the Contractor’s overall work programme, site mobilisation and engagement of sub-contractors.
  • Monitoring the works progress and conducting on-site inspection to check the satisfactory performance of the Contractor and execution of the works in accordance with the contract conditions and sound project management practices.
  • Preparation of additional detailed design documents and drawings, as required
  • Carrying out the inspection and testing of materials and manufactured products for incorporation in the works in compliance with accepted international standards and practices.
  • Ascertaining and recommending to the ZELS the suitability or otherwise of manufacturers and sources of machinery, equipment, and materials.

Achieved Results:

The assistance provided by NTU was pivotal for the timely completion of the necessary infrastructure facilities for the full operationalization of ZELS and implementation of an effective local self-government decentralisation process.

Formulation Study for an urban roads rehabilitation project within the Freetown Development Plan in Sierra Leone (2009)

Sierra Leone
European Commission/EDF

The overall objective of the project was to provide the Sierra Leone's capital city, Freetown, with a comprehensive and holistic urban development framework, and strengthen the institutional capacity of the Freetown City Council and authorities involved in urban planning. NTU supported the achivement of the  specific objective of the project that was developing some effective solutions that will have immediate beneficial impact in Freetown, particularly on the deprived communities.

The purpose of the NTU assignment was to provide the decision-makers in the Government and the European Commission with a formulation study for “quick win” urban roads rehabilitation projects in Freetown.

Activities carried out by NTU included:

  • Analysis of the Freetown Development Plan and assessment of the factors which determine the feasibility of the proposed project: technical factors; economic and financial factors; legal and institutional factors; social and environmental factors; and consistence vis-à-vis the urban poverty reduction strategies and the development potential of the urban areas
  • Formulation study on the basis of the recommendations from the Pre-identification study for the Freetown Development Plan;
  • Preparation of a detailed technical design and tender documents for works, containing the engineering estimates, technical specifications and detailed drawings.

Achieved Results:

The study carried out by NTU was pivotal to rehabilitation of many urban roads in Freetown and contributed to the successful implementation of the Freetown Development Plan, creating development opportunities for disadvantaged groups, increasing availability and accessibility of urban infrastructure for poor and improving overall environmental management in the city.

Technical Assistance for the Implementation the Local Community Development Project (2007 – 2009)

European Commission

The overall objective of the Local Community Development Project was to decrease the poverty rate, improve income and living conditions of the population as well as promote economic and social development of local communities. The specific objective of the project was the rehabilitation or construction of essential public infrastructures in rural, urban and suburban areas for improvement of the economic and living conditions and creating new jobs in the concerned areas. The purpose of NTU’s assignment was to assist the Programme Management Unit of the Albanian Development Fund (ADF) in the implementation of the funds of CARDS 2004 Programme allocated to Local Community Development Project designed to assist the Local Governments with rehabilitation or construction works.

Activities carried out by NTU included:

  • Technical assistance to improve the PMU capacity to perform its mandate and ensure that infrastructure projects funded under CARDS 2004 Programme were adequately completed in accordance with EC procedures
  • Ensuring that PMU effectively and efficiently managed the design, implementation and supervision of selected infrastructure works projects and sub-projects.
  • Provided support for increasing the participation and contribution of the local governments and communities in the process of identification, planning, financing and maintaining of physical infrastructure in order to ensure the sustainability of the project.

Achieved Results:

The Technical Assistance provided by NTU contributed to creation of favourable social an public infrastructure conditions and improving the management capacities of the local governments, thus improvement of living conditions of the local population and stimulation of economic and social development.