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Ten Point Plan of Action


Strengthen city capacities in research and data collection to ensure action is based on evidence

ICCAR acknowledges that good decision-making must be guided by relevant and timely evidence. Undertaking effective research is therefore essential to ensure that evidence is available. Inclusive research and data collection enables cities and communities to be well informed and work together in defining and addressing city planning issues.


Strengthen city capacities in inclusive policy design and implementation

Just as inclusion leads to more relevant data collection, participatory policy development processes enable the co-creation of policies that reflect community needs and enable cities to deliver these in ore effective ways.


Foster a culture of learning and skills to constantly improve city practices

Lifelong learning is important in all aspects of life. Upskilling city employees will ensure they are in a position to best perform their work and apply current best practices. Provision of opportunities for continuing education, upskilling and professional development is essential to cities keeping up-to-date and continual improvement.


Develop, trial and promote tools for inclusive and gender sensitive governance

Citizen participatory practices can be included in many aspects of city decision-making. Developing tools such as inclusive, gender-aware and participatory planning, budgeting and auditing, will ensure that decision-making considers a wide range of needs across different sections of the community.


Recognise outstanding achievements in inclusive city practices

By establishing an Inclusive Cities Awards and Incentive Program, APCAD can both recognise outstanding achievements of cities and encourage other cities to develop and implement better practices. 


Foster diversity and promotion of cultural expressions

Diversity is one of the great riches of our world – the beauty of natural places, built environments and expression of cultural practice inspires awe and facilitates economic and social advancements. Protection and promotion of this diversity, in all its forms brings great benefits to citizens everywhere.


Develop targeted initiatives to address discrimination and promote equal opportunities

Welcoming cities ensure that citizens have access to and environment that is safe, healthy, affordable and provides spaces for physical activity and social pursuits for all residents irrespective of age, gender, origin, ethnicity, physical ability, religion or economic status and ensuring vulnerable groups needs are given specific consideration.


Commit to Globally Agreed Instruments

Inclusive practice is strongly embedded within many globally agreed instruments and the principle of Leave No-one Behind. In line with such standards, which APCAD Member States have endorsed at the national level, APCAD Cities will integrate these principles into city level policies and planning.


Share information and strengthen APCAD networking

APCAD’s strength is the ability of its members to share information and learn from each other. Strengthening and expanding the APCAD network is therefore a key priority. Key actions to enable this include establishing effective internal communication systems and developing partnerships with like-minded organisations that can work with APCAD in various ways. Two critical activities include the establishment of an APCAD website and APCAD mailing list.


Monitoring and Evaluation

M&E; is a critical component of good practice. Regular review of the progress of APCAD and its members’ actions will be promoted through a biennial report posted publicly on the APCAD website.

Download the 10 Point Action Plan here