The Leaders in Urban Transport Planning (LUTP) program empowers policy-makers with the skills needed to identify, prepare, and implement holistic strategies that address complex urban transport challenges.
In rapidly-growing cities around the world, urban transport practitioners are grappling with the challenge of providing more inclusive access to employment, education, healthcare, and other essential services, while reducing travel costs, traffic collisions, climate change impacts, air and water pollution, and the consumption of scarce resources like land and fuel.
Addressing these complex challenges requires holistic and multisectoral approaches to urban transport planning, governance, management, and operations. This can only happen if the policymakers and practitioners in charge of urban transport are equipped with the right knowledge and skills, and are able to foster strong and seamless cooperation among all relevant institutions.
The LUTP program provides interactive training workshops through which city transport leaders gain the skills needed to identify, prepare, and implement holistic solutions to complex urban transport issues. Rather than a platform to disseminate “best practice,” LUTP is a program that helps professionals assess the accessibility needs and challenges facing their own cities, balance different perspectives, and develop a solution that is the “best fit” to local circumstances.
The LUTP program is based on the following principles:
- The development of local capacity should focus on the actual demands and challenges faced by developing cities
- While every city is unique, cities often face common challenges
- No one specific solution fits all cities because local circumstances vary among cities
- A good understanding of institutions, governance, political economy, and cultural barriers to changing behavior is needed to develop sustainable solutions
- Adults learn best by participatory problem-solving and hands-on learning
- Collaborative learning and sharing knowledge among cities in the spirit of peer-city learning is important
LUTP is primarily intended for mid-to senior-level managers and policymakers who occupy or will occupy leadership positions in urban transport planning, governance, management, and operations in developing countries.
Since its inception in 2011, the LUTP program has trained a total of 2,379 practitioners from 100 countries through 71 different workshops.
Key program contributions include:
- Enhanced skills and capacity among program participants
- Improved learning approaches for use by local practitioners and decision-makers
- Increased capacity in local universities and training institutes
- Improved knowledge base through the development of new materials
- Enhanced connectivity and opportunities for learning and sharing
- Stronger relationships and partnerships through the exchange of operational knowledge
- Creation of a community of leaders and decision makers working on urban transport planning across cities in developing countries
- Momentum for initiating sustainable urban transport projects in participants’ home cities
In 2017, the LUTP program was recognized by the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group as one of the best examples of global engagement providing client capacity building on urban transport. Click here to see their report.