Monday, September 25, 2017

UN, govt open urban development institute in downtown Yangon

A new urban development institute will seek to support national poverty reduction efforts, its backers say.

UN-HABITAT and the Department of Human Settlement and Housing Development (DHSHD) opened the Urban Research Development Institute on January 20. The institute is located on the third floor of the DHSHD office on Bogyoke Aung San Road in downtown Yangon and includes space for UN-HABITAT staff, a training room, a research centre and a resource centre.

Minister for Construction U Khin Maung Myint said at the opening ceremony that the research centre was established under the first phase of a capacity-building project between UN-HABITAT and the ministry.

Other aspects include workshops and training sessions, assessments of urban and regional planning and the preparation of manuals and guidelines for urban development activities.

UN-HABITAT country program manager Mr Srinivasa Popuri said the institute would focus on a number of issues broadly related to poverty reduction.

“We’re opening the urban research development institute to support poverty reduction efforts that allow the government and UN to demonstrate better ways to address current problems, such as working with the urban poor to improve their living environment,” Mr Popuri said.

“And also access to city management, riverside development, defining urban form, providing vocational [and] skill development training, [and] establishing cottage industries and SMEs.”

UN-HABITAT plans to establish a library in the centre in the coming months with books and publications from the World Bank, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Asian Development Bank and other sources.