The ASI standard for civic engagement in urban environment development is planned to be applied in Uzbekistan
The practices of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI) on the involvement of residents in solving urban issues, developing bicycle infrastructure, as well as the program to elaborate strategies for developing creative industries were presented in the session "Comfortable Urban Environment: Technologies that Change Our Lives" in Tashkent. The event was held at the international exhibition Innoprom. Central Asia 2022.
The ASI standard for civic participation in urban development is a set of recommendations for citizens to participate in urban decision-making. The document describes more than 20 formats of working with people – focus groups and in-depth interviews, lectures and guided tours, workshops, initiative budgeting, and public-private partnerships. Almost all formats are available online, making it easy to collect opinions. Using the standard allows regional authorities to improve the quality of the urban environment, taking into account the peculiarities of territories and based on the position of citizens.
"This issue is extremely relevant because of the high rate of housing throughout Tashkent. Like Kazakhstan, our colleagues want to use this practice to prevent and resolve conflicts that may arise during construction," said Alexander Krasavtsev, Deputy Director of the Center for Quality of Life Practices, ASI.
He added that, in general, urban spaces in Uzbekistan are now actively developing. It's not just about the capital city of Tashkent, but also Samarkand and Bukhara. Local authorities are ready to implement the existing and proven effective practices to create a comfortable environment for residents, emphasized Mr. Krasavtsev. Including the ASI program to develop creative industries in cities (ten Russian regions are now participating in it). And the New Urban Mobility project providing for a fast-building bicycle-pedestrian infrastructure to be created.
"We agreed on a more detailed presentation of the Agency's experience to develop further steps for the implementation of these projects in Uzbekistan. The main question is whether the management teams tasked to implement the projects at the local level have the necessary competencies. And such training can become another area of our cooperation with Uzbekistan," said Alexander Krasavtsev.