Patrick Wakely is an independent consultant and Professor Emeritus of Urban Development in the University of London. He was a full-time member of the academic staff of the Development Planning Unit, University College London for 28 years and its Director for 14 years (1989-2003). He has held full-time teaching and training appointments in Asia, Africa and Latin America and has undertaken consultancy, research and training in some 20 developing countries.
Most recently he has been working on urban informal settlements in Syria (GTZ 2008-), urban land, housing policy and disaster reconstruction in Sri Lanka (IDRC 2007, UN-Habitat, 2005), and strategies for urban reconstruction, planning and management in Southern Sudan (UNDP 2005-06) and Afghanistan (UN-Habitat 2007). In Cambodia he directed a study on Integrated Urban Service Provision in informal settlements in Phnom Penh and three provincial towns (ADB 2003), making recommendations for low-income community-led urban partnerships. His recent work on institutional development and management has included advice to the Phnom Penh Urban Poverty Project (UNCHS 2001) and the urban component of the Ibis Public Partnership in Local Governance programme in Ghana (DANIDA 2000-06) and the Ibis Oshakati Human Settlements Improvement programme in Namibia (DANIDA 1992-95), both of which included project identification, appraisal, design and annual monitoring. He was team leader for the project formulation and appraisal for the development of a strategy and implementation plan for local environmental management of the Lunawa Lake area of Colombo, Sri Lanka (UNCHS/JBIC 2001) and for a Municipal Development and Management project in the Middle Camp area of Gaza, Palestine (DANIDA 1999).
He has undertaken project and programme evaluations of the Cities Alliance ‘First Three Years’ (World Bank 2003), phase IV of the UNDP/UN-Habitat Urban Management Programme (UNDP 2003), the mid-term evaluation of the Enabling Strategy for Shelter Development in Indonesia (UCHS/UNDP 1998) and the terminal evaluation of Urban Management Programme for Asia and the Pacific - UMPAP (UNDP 1998).
Institutional capacity building and training activities have included a training needs assessment and proposal for a training programme for the Tanzanian Sustainable Cities Programme (British Council 2000), advice to the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) in India on the establishment of a Professional Development Centre for its managerial and technical staff (ODA 1994), a national training needs assessment and national training strategy for urban development and environmental management for Yemen (GTZ 1993). Of significance are his responsibility for sustained management training programmes for the Sri Lanka Million Houses Programme (ODA 1983-89) and India Slum Improvement Programme (ODA 1988-90). He has designed, managed and conducted sustained training programmes in urban development planning and housing policy, planning and management for managers, professionals and technicians from many developing countries at the DPU in London (1971-2000).
His recent academic and applied research has been on Building Urban Partnerships: Communities and Communication, a comparative analysis in the contexts of Nairobi, Colombo and Rio de Janeiro (DFID 2001-03), urban Community Learning, Information and Communication in India (DFID 1997-99). He also coordinated the research and writing of the UN Global Report on Human Settlements 2003: The Challenge of Slums (UNCHS 2002) and significant books of case studies for the World Urban Forum III (DFID 2006), the World Summit on Sustainable Development (DFID 2002) and the UN General Assembly Special Session on Human Settlements (2002).
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