Urban Governance: A Sourcebook on Indicators

Part Three:

The Urban Governance Initiative (TUGI)

The Urban Governance Initiative (TUGI) is an endeavour of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to assist mayors, governors and other urban stakeholders in building the capacity of local governments to perform their tasks effectively. It will advance the five principles for liveable and sustainable cities They are:

  • social justice,

  • ecological sustainability,

  • political participation,

  • economic productivity, and

  • cultural vibrancy.

The Urban Governance Initiative (TUGI) is a response to UNDPís continuous commitments to work on urban issues, building upon its earlier investment and insights from the Urban Management Programme for Asia and the Pacific (UMPAP) and Asia Pacific 2000 (AP2000).

"The goal of governance initiatives should be to develop capacities that are needed to realise development that gives priority to the poor, advances women, sustains the environment and creates needed opportunities for employment and other livelihoods" (UNDP Initiatives for Change)


The Urban Governance Initiative (TUGI) is directed at assist local governments in making cities in the Asia Pacific region more liveable through:

  • strengthening capacities;

  • promoting good governance principles; and

  • enhancing the quality of governance tools available to urban administrators and decision makers

Aims & Objectives

Specifically, it aims to improve the quality of urban life through developing and promoting:

Indicators, tool and methodologies of good governance; and identifying and sharing positive references that can be adapted to enhance the capacity of local authorities.

Information mechanisms and to gather and share quality information on urban governance for sustainable human development; and, also to assist mayors/governors and city governments to take full advantage of the increasing flow of information and networking mechanisms

Project Strategy

The Initiative is intended to build upon what has already been done to develop capabilities and effective visionary leadership in the participating cities, and through them in the region. It will:

  • Support collaborative, city-level pilot projects for urban capacity building;

  • Support local and regional efforts to build partnerships with a wider range of local government, civil society and private sector organisations; and

  • Act as a regional support and co-ordination facility in the Asia Pacific Region for information activities on urbanisation, globalisation and urban governance.


The primary target groups of the Initiative include the following through whom, the Initiative envisages to help improve the well being of urban populations living in the participating countries. It will place special emphasis on reaching the vulnerable groups such as:

  • The urban poor, children and women.

  • Local authorities, specifically mayors, governors and city administrators;

  • Regional associations of cities/municipalities and urban training and research institutes;

  • Relevant members of the civil society groups;

  • Concerned institutions of the Central governments and the private sector.


The initiative is open to all cities from the developing countries in the Asia Pacific region while a select number of them will serve as nodes for demonstration of good governance.

Structure and Execution

The Urban Governance Initiative (TUGI)ís executing agency is the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Ė Asia Office. UNDP Kuala Lumpur serves as the Designated Field Office (DFO), and the Principal Project Resident Representative (PPRR) is the UNDP Resident Representative in Malaysia. The Project Secretariat is located there too.


Habitat global Observatory

Sustainable Development Indicators

Asiaweek Indicators of livable cities

Habitat Best Practices

ISO Standards


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