GUIDELINES FOR ASCI
The Initiative is usually undertaken at the request of a relevant city or national government put forward to the AFRIEF headquarters. The request can be made online after completing an engagement form.
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL EXPERT TEAM
After due consideration of the request, an expression of interest is written. A team of international experts is then established by the Initiative. The team typically consists of approximately 3-4 international experts; an effort is made that the composition of the international team of experts is as diverse as possible, in particular concerning the geographic background.
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE LOCAL TEAM OF EXPERTS
An official representative from the responsible city or national government is appointed as the local coordinator to facilitate the process. His/ her task is to act as a focal point for all communications with AFRIEF headquarters related to the preparation of the missions, all logistical matters during the missions and coordination of the local team of experts. The local team of experts is established by the host government to support the international team. The team, which typically consists of housing specialists, may come from the Ministry as well as from other institutions.
COLLECTION OF BACKGROUND DATA AND INFORMATION
Since the team of international experts conducts only one mission, they have to be well prepared and able to undertake research on specific problems straight away. The local host authorities are therefore requested to prepare background information related to all the indicators and to make it available well in advance of the mission.
The following should be included in the background information provided:
- List of available material: Policy documents, reports, assessments, project proposals, other documentation
- List of relevant legal acts;
- Description of the institutional framework to be used as basis for developing the relevant chapters,
- Main economic indicators;
- Population data, including migration, rural-urban composition, population of main cities, etc.;
- Housing construction, housing prices, dwellings per 1000 inhabitants, provision with utility services, etc.;
- Housing investment;
- Ownership structure
For the preparation of the city profile, two missions to the country under review are typically undertaken: the research mission and a launch event. The research mission is to be conducted by representatives of AFRIEF headquarters together with the international expert team. In case of sufficient data provided, the international experts are requested to submit first drafts of their chapters before going on the research mission. In this way, the research mission mainly serves the verification of data and the clarification of open questions. Close cooperation between the international and local expert teams is a prerequisite for a successful research mission.
AFTER THE RESEARCH MISSION
After the research mission the final drafts of the chapters are prepared by the international experts. During this process further questions may arise and the local expert team is expected to be prepared to answer potential queries from the international expert team or the secretariat. Before the study is submitted for publishing, a final draft of the study is sent to the host authorities for acknowledgement and verification of information. The host authorities are responsible for translation of the study into the local language and for the national dissemination.
DISTRIBUTION OF THE CITY PROFILE PUBLICATIONS
City Profiles are published by AFRIEF jointly with other project partners. Copies are distributed directly to all the Stake holders of the project, particularly to the ministries concerned, local authorities and other relevant institutions. Once the publication is released, a launching event is held in the host country with participation of a wide range of international and national actors within the housing sector.
The City Profile preparation is mainly financed through technical assistance from donor countries, private organizations, bi-lateral or multilateral financial institutions or the host country.
FOLLOW-UP CITY ACTION PLANS AND ANNUAL REVIEWS OF THEIR IMPLEMENTATION
Based on the recommendations of the city profiles, local action plans containing specific activities and responsible organizations are prepared. The cities will be requested to annually review and report at AFRIEF annual investment and economic forum on the implementation of the recommendations of the city profiles and the action plans.
On the request of the country there is also the possibility to re-invite the team of experts some time after the study has been carried out in order to assess the recent developments, to evaluate the implementation of the recommendations given by the experts, to discuss future strategies for the housing sector and to assess the significance of the country profile for the country’s housing policy.
COOPERATION WITH INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
During the missions contacts are established with international organizations such as the World bank, Islamic Development Bank, UNDP, the EU, in order to use fully already existing knowledge and experience.