Training courses offered

IGS specializes in providing training programmes which are periodically evaluated though our links with the public and private sectors. Our training reflects the latest in key trends, initiatives and management innovations and offers institutions opportunities to learn new skills, ideas and techniques. The programmes offered are tailor made to suit the needs of each client and are established through comprehensive needs assessment or analysis of market trends.

  • Module 1: Introduction to Sustainable Urban Development Frameworks (City Development Strategies (CDS) Model
  • Module 2: Local Economic Development (LED) strategies
  • Module 3: Environmental Planning and Management (EPM)
  • Module 4: Urban Revenue and Financing City Development Strategies (FCDS)
  • Module 5: Urban Planning and Design
  • Module 6: Participatory planning and budgeting
  • Public Private Partnership (PPP)
  • Strengthening civil participation in County/Municipal Governance
  • Promoting Gender balance in Local/County Governments
  • Financial Management and Resource Mobilization for County Governments
  • Climate Change for Local Leaders
  • Skills Development for local authorities/county governments
  • (Communication, negotiation, team building, etc



Properly planned and managed cities and towns offer enhanced opportunities for people to meet, work, access public services, enjoy social and cultural benefits, and fulfil their life dreams. Cities are the drivers of political, economic and cultural development, and making them attractive, safe, healthy and livable is crucial for a more sustainable future. Urbanization and urban development are complex and dynamic processes, and the challenge is to develop more equitable, environmentally sustainable and economically viable cities, in order to alleviate poverty

To confront the challenges of unprecedented rate of urban growth and increasing urban poverty, County Governments and municipal authorities need not only to take actions that address the immediate development problems but also need to plan ahead in order to make more informed choices about the future.

In light of this, the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development Studies (IGS) in collaboration with the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies-Netherlands (IHS) aims to build the capacity of county/ municipal managers, planners and practitioners in East Africa to effectively improve their urban environment and reduce poverty.

Scope of training

Through a capacity building programme, training modules are offered to help develop knowledge and skills on urban policies and strategies particularly relating to county /municipal development and urban growth within the context of regional development. The modules also provide a structured overview of theories, major concerns, trends and policy approaches in the above mentioned fields and at the same time offer a realistic link to the day-to-day working environment of the trainers and the participants

Module 1: Introduction to Sustainable Urban Development Frameworks (City Development Strategies (CDS) Model

A city/county development strategy supports Cities/Counties in this critical decision making process and is focused on implementation. It is an action-plan for equitable growth in cities and their surrounding regions, developed and sustained through participation, and aimed at improving the quality of life for all citizens.

The module aims to develop knowledge and skills on urban policies and strategies particularly relating to city/county development and urban growth within the context of regional development. Particular attention is paid to balancing often exclusively handled city/county development objectives such as poverty and economic development, social equity and security issues and to reach synergies between development policies. Through a series of lectures and exercises participants are encouraged to explore how to develop strategies for and reach synergies between development policies.

Topics covered include

  • Lectures on concepts and approaches to develop the participants’ understanding of sustainable urban development
  • Methods and tools to measure, monitor, predict and intervene on the impact of urban growth on the development of cities and city regions
  • Case studies exploring development strategies with a wide range of objectives
  • Discussions and comparison of different urban visions and policies aimed at developing cities in a regional context and planning concepts and projects aimed at designing effective multi-sector and revitalisation programs.

Module 2: Local Economic Development (LED) strategies

Urban areas are often referred to as the engines of economic growth. Economic sustainability requires development that is in balance with available resources. Well-planned development of the built environment supports local economic development activities and investments. A diverse and mixed urban environment promotes creativity, initiative and entrepreneurship. Economic sustainability is also promoted by investment in environmentally friendly infrastructure, services and systems, which mitigate climate change and create jobs and new business opportunities. Cooperation between private and public sector actors and academia also contributes to economic sustainability. The image of a city or town is important for attracting investment and new economic initiatives, and positive perceptions are based not only on the physical environment, but also on the social and economic environment.

Local Economic Development (LED) strategies provide local/county governments, private sector and non-profit organizations as well as communities with opportunities to collectively improve local livelihoods and encourage sustainable growth that is both holistic and inclusive. It is a process by which stakeholders work collectively toward economic growth, income generation, and job creation while building the economic capacity/county of local areas to improve quality of life for all.

Module 3: Environmental Planning and Management (EPM)

This module aims to equip participants with the insights and skills to identify and analyse environmental problems by exposing them to a mixture of theoretical and empirical materials. This module will make use of a comparative analysis of city/county experiences in urban environmental and infrastructure management.

Besides concentrating on supportive policy instruments for sustainable city/county development, the module will draw specific attention to assessment mechanisms for sustainability and to the development of local sustainability indicators. The latter in such a manner that it reflects local concern, builds on local knowledge and norms and involves local communities in identifying their own liveability issues.

The module also deals with concepts and principles of sustainable development from global issues to local concerns: international trends, national policies and local practices , local environmental policy instruments , sustainability and livability assessment methods and mechanisms and participatory environmental management approaches and tools and as well as environmental education and communication.

Module 4: Urban Revenue and Financing City Development Strategies (FCDS)

The module aims to establish a good understanding of how to build proper and efficient financial urban systems. The module will draw attention to different forms of capital financial forms and methods ranging from feasible income tax systems unto large project financing.

Module 5. Urban Planning and Design

Urban planning involves coordination of all types of land use and the built environment over time. Urban planning strengthens the coordination and integration of urban systems such as land-use, service infrastructure and green areas. Planning of both urban and rural areas should identify interrelationships and promote synergies.

There is an increasing need to connect urban and regional development to create a well-articulated, integrated and balanced urban hierarchy with sub-centres in the rural peripheries. Small and intermediate centres play an important role in decreasing pressure on larger urban centres, by attracting rural migrants.

They also serve as centres for marketing agricultural products, producing and distributing goods and services to rural areas, and for non-farming activities and employment. Intermediate urban centres can become growth nodes that enable clustering of services, facilities and infrastructure, which are not economic in small villages.

The course will also make participants understand the Spatial planning aspect as it provides a framework for developing synergies between different urban systems and an integrated systems approach, focusing on both physical and social environments.

Training objectives

At the end of the training, participants will:

  • Have been sensitized on key issues and developments relevant to implementation of City Development Strategies
  • Have been imparted with relevant knowledge and skills to enable the participants acquire the requisite competencies that will enhance value- adding decision making processes.
  • Have acquired the requisite capacity/county to effectively handle the challenges enshrined in their job positions and ultimately improve their urban environment and reduce poverty among the dwellers.

Target group

  • City/County managers, planners and practitioners in the Eastern Africa Region.
  • Central Government Ministries, Departments and Heads of Local Authorities
  • Civil Society; Non-Governmental Organizations, Community Based Organizations, youth groups, women groups
  • Private Sector
  • Training Cost and Duration (Diploma Course per Module) fee for each Module is Kshs. 60,000 per person + VAT for Kenyans residents and USD 700 for East Africans and USD 975 for other regions. The fee caters for course facilitation, training materials and day time meals (Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea.). The participants will meet the cost of travel, accommodation, and evening meals for the five day course: The above fee excludes taxes unless stated.



County Governments in Kenya will be under pressure to perform with limited resources and they face the challenge to provide infrastructure and services to its people in the appropriate quantity and quality. However, knowing how to leverage and finance for investment in infrastructure and services is essential. The trend, in recent years, has been for governments to work in partnership with the private sector to tap its potential and to increase funding from private sources.

The process of preparing and putting projects is a lengthy and complicated process; the process of working together over the longer term is not an easy task. In this course you learn how to prepare effective short and long term PPPs to ensure a smooth and efficient partnership

Course outline

The course has a practical focus and it will deals with the key aspects of and issues faced in public private partnerships, The course will be case study base and will analyze and discuss a diverse series of good cases and lessons that will bring value to PPP interventions in their own counties.

Target audience

County & Government officials, elected leaders, policy makers and managers, NGO’s representatives, urban practitioners and private sectors managers who are involved in setting up and executing public private partnerships in different sectors.

Course objectives

The five day course aims to build the capacity/county of its participants to prepare bankable public private partnerships projects. By the end of the course participants should be able to discuss and analyze:

  • Understand the the various phases of PPP’s .and modern techniques in promoting PPPs
  • The principles and standards that govern partnerships.
  • Prepare and implement realistic and mutually beneficial PPPs arrangements
  • Other will touch on PPPs in revenue Generation , Legal Aspects of PPPs, how to effectively monitor and evaluate PPPs arrangements, Negotiation skills etc


The objective of the course is to prepare participants to better understand and respond to Climate change phenomenon. Cities are increasingly expected to undertake concrete actions to adapt to various natural disasters. They are considered the most vulnerable areas to sea level rise, storm surges, floods and droughts and aggravated by climate change and climate variability. The impact of climate change differs for rural and urban areas, coastal cities, mountain cities and low-latitude cities.

Course outline

Participants will learn among other, Climate change adaptation: Land, water and disaster management. How they can adapt to both long-term trends associated with climate change and to extreme events such as flooding and other disasters. Further more cities can play an essential role in mitigating climate change. They can reduce energy consumption, promote renewable sources of energy or they can trade carbon credits under the Flexible Mechanisms of the Kyoto protocol. The latter is becoming a lucrative business for ‘green’ and ‘clean’ cities.

Target Audience

The course targets county government s, urban policy makers, planners and environmentalists and other practitioners, Government officials, private sector and civil society, head of parastatals among other

Course objectives

By the end of the five day course, participants will be able to prepare local climate change plans, which address the global challenges yet focus on concrete local actions. The course will offer specific practices to manage urban design and environmental infrastructure, in particular energy, transport, housing and water among others