Call for Proposals: UN-Habitat’s Small Public Space Implementation Projects

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Deadline: 14 November 2018

UN-Habitat’s Global Public Space Programme has launched a call for proposals (CFP) to seek partnership in the implementation of innovative public space projects in Bangladesh, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Cote D’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Guinea Conakry, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Mexico, Mozambique, Nepal, Palestine, Peru, Vietnam. Local authorities and non-profit organisations are invited to submit proposals which aim to achieve the following expected result:

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  • The effective creation, protection, design and management of public spaces, particularly in disadvantaged communities in rapidly urbanizing cities and towns, as critical preconditions for poverty reduction and the fulfilment of human rights in urban areas.

UN-Habitat’s Global Public Space Programme, launched in 2012, works in collaboration with local governments, non-profit organisations and other partners to implement public space projects worldwide. To date, the programme is active in about 30 countries.

Expected Outcome

Improved local policies, plans and designs for safe, inclusive and accessible public spaces for all which supports more compact, better integrated and well connected, socially inclusive and resilient cities and neighbourhoods in partner cities.

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Funding Information

Projects must be ready to start immediately and be completed within a period of three to 12 months. Each Implementing Partner can receive up to $100,000 for the full portfolio, including administrative costs. The project or portfolio of projects should be implemented in the above selected countries.

Main Activities and Outputs

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  • The Implementing Partners will be undertaking main activities as follows (but not limited to):
    • Implementation of public space demonstration projects that illustrate how public space can be designed and improve use and overall quality of life;
    • Public space surveys and assessments;
    • Organization of meetings and capacity building workshops on the institutional and operational arrangements to facilitate public space planning, delivery and maintenance;
    • Organization of participatory workshops that address the design, development, and maintenance of public spaces;
    • Communications campaigns that highlight the important role public spaces play in the lives of citizens;
    • Collaboration with both international and local planning/design experts in the production of concept designs for the pilot sites;
    • Identification of opportunities for further scaling-up of the project;
    • Supervision of public space construction works
    • Development and documentation of public space tools and methodologies.
    • Provision of in-kind contribution to this implementing partnership.
  • In addition to project implementation funds, UN-Habitat will provide financing and technical support to do participatory design workshops using Minecraft.
  • Once selected, a process of detailed formulation in collaboration with UN-Habitat’s Public Space Programme will be undertaken to establish an Agreement of Cooperation under which the work will be implemented.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Local authorities and non-profit organisations are invited to submit proposals.
  • In this call for proposals, UN-Habitat is looking for implementing partnerships with local governments and non-profit organisations that can manage and deliver innovative public space upgrading and regeneration projects. The projects will demonstrate that multifunctional public spaces can contribute to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically SDG11.7: “by 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, particularly for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities”.
  • Interested applicants can either propose a project that demonstrates the importance of stakeholder engagement, citizen participation, assessments, quality design, policy and management for the development of multifunctional public space or a series of smaller projects (around 5-10) that demonstrate how smaller public space interventions such as street furniture, parklets, street lighting, bicycle parking, market stalls and other types of public space can have a larger impact on neighbourhoods and cities. All project proposals must have the potential to be used as a demonstration project to show how collaborative public space design and upgrading can be used to meet the SDGs. The aim is to show that public space projects can have a big impact on urban life.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted via email at the address given on the website.

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