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City WORKS Toolkit

City WORKS proposes a standard sequencing of three phases comprising eight steps for addressing global goals at the local level. However, you can apply City WORKS in a sequential or in a non-linear way to fit individual, context-specific needs and demands. Still, starting with the preparatory phase is advisable. Here you define the goal(s) and projected outcome(s) as well as the concrete modes, steps and tools that will support you and your city in localising global agendas.

See below for a short description of each phase. Or you can directly click on the menu above to explore a certain step. If you want to learn more about the toolkit, have a look at the Quick Guide.

Phase I: Prepare the Localisation Process

Phase I contains activities to prepare for and initiate the process of localising global agendas according to your specific context. The aim is not only to reflect on your current needs and goals as an urban advisor – but also on those of your partners and especially the city in question. It is also about identifying entry points for implementation, choosing the City WORKS steps and tools that will guide you through the process and defining the best mode of application.

Phase II: Connect global agendas to local action

The steps in phase II help you to raise awareness and deepen knowledge of global agendas among your target group as well as to analyse where your city currently stands in regard to their implementation. It also helps to analyse and identify specific needs and to prioritise clear options for action (e.g. urban development projects).

Phase III: Implement global agendas

Phase III is about planning for action, defining subsequent steps, as well as identifying and mobilising relevant actors and resources for implementation. It is also about keeping track of progress. This means setting up effective monitoring and review mechanisms to measure the impact of the prioritised action, as well as to help connect local reporting to national or even international reporting.

Supporting Activities

Additional aid is given through ‘supporting activities’ which accompany the different phases and steps. These include identifying and engaging relevant stakeholders; advocating and communicating about the localisation process; developing capacities as well as facilitating peer-learning and networking; and, last but not least, managing information and knowledge and fostering innovation.