What are the Online Solutions Dialogues (OSDs)?

A series of virtual workshops to introduce key concepts of infrastructure asset management (IAM) in a highly interactive and collaborative setting.

The Objective

The OSDs aim to raise awareness and create a common understanding of asset management at local and national levels.

The workshops, led by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) with the support of UNOPS, should help equip participants to become more active enablers of development in their communities. They would take what they learn and apply it to their own communities, with a real interest in optimizing use of public infrastructure assets and improving quality and reliability of service provision in key areas such as roads, water supply and solid waste management.

They would adopt a systematic, sustainable approach to managing infrastructure that factors long-term costs and risks into planning, particularly financial planning. Under this approach, they would put forth actionable policies, plans and programmes that capitalize on the strong links between sound asset management and achievement of the 2030 Agenda.

Why ‘Solutions’? Participants will gain insight to what is (and isn’t) working in neighboring cities and countries so that they might replicate successful models. Insights will be drawn from panels and presentations during the workshop, as well as partner/group exercises that encourage verbal exchange of experiences. The idea is also to share challenges and concerns that require discussion of potential solutions.

Background

Implementing sound infrastructure asset management requires a good grasp of relevant tools and techniques and must be supported by long-term political commitment. Therefore, in 2017, UN partners designed and began to support the implementation of a comprehensive asset management toolkit for local governments in four pilot developing countries (Bangladesh, Nepal, Tanzania and Uganda). The initiative aims to produce: For more information on the status of the above products please visit the new IAM homepage, containing all the information and news related to UN technical assistance on asset management.

Key Partners

Infrastructure, procurement and project management services for a sustainable world. With an explicit mandate within the UN to implement infrastructure, UNOPS is committed to advance a better understanding of infrastructure’s key role in sustainable development. We work to help countries establish a unified vision for their future infrastructure, one that is aligned with the 2030 Agenda, and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Together, we can build the foundations of a better future for all.

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