Building Capacity in Monitoring Urban Liveability in Bangkok: Critical Success Factors and Reflections from a Multi-Sectoral, International Partnership
- describe partner organisations’ perspectives on motivators and outcomes for engaging in an international partnership anchored in the SDGs;
- present a tangible example of an international partnership developed to build capacity in and facilitate reciprocal learning; and
- provide critical reflections and lessons from the partnership.
2. Materials and Methods
2.1. Theoretical Framework: Capacity-Building as Adult Learning
2.2. Study Design: Research Reflection
2.3. Documenting Collaboration Experiences and Anticipated Outcomes
2.4. Partnership Aims and Capacity-Building Outputs
2.5. Partnering Organisations
2.5.1. Bangkok Metropolitan Administration
2.5.2. Victorian Health Promotion Foundation
2.5.3. UN Global Compact—Cities Programme
2.5.4. Department of Health and Human Services (Victorian Government)
2.5.5. Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University
2.6. Partnership Governance
3.1. Partnership Achievements within the Framework of SDG 17
3.2. Contextualising Liveability in Diverse Contexts
3.3. Opportunities for Reciprocal Learning and Knowledge Exchange
3.4. Informing Strategic Planning in Bangkok
4.1. Lessons for Future Partnerships: Critical Operational Success Factors
4.2. Lessons from This Partnership for a Post-COVID-19 Context
Institutional Review Board Statement
Informed Consent Statement
Data Availability Statement
Conflicts of Interest
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|SDG 17 Target||Description of the SDG 17 Target||Partnership Activities and Principles|
|17.9||‘Enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building in developing countries to support national plans to implement all the sustainable development goals, including through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation.’||Involve partners across diverse sectors (public health, urban planning), organisations (local and state governments, not-for-profit organisations, academia), and country contexts (Thailand, Australia)|
Capacity-building priorities and needs determined by Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, rather than externally-driven
|17.16||‘Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries.’||Face-to-face visits with knowledge-sharing workshops and roundtable discussions between partners integrated into capacity-building program design|
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration-led site visits in Bangkok (cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic)
Documentation to support replication of methods and ongoing indicator updates by Bangkok Metropolitan Administration
Library of online training resources (webinars) to build capacity in using, interpreting spatial liveability indicators aligned to SDGs
Indicators disseminated through International Institute of Sustainable Development’s Tracking Progress portal, contributing to international knowledge exchange around liveability and SDGs
|17.18||‘By 2020, enhance capacity-building support to developing countries, including for least developed countries and small island developing States, to increase significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts.’||Indicators portal housing a suite of SDG-aligned, spatially (geographically) disaggregated liveability indicators|
Indicators developed using both local and open-source data, with potential to be replicated and applied to other cities in low-to-middle income countries
Six-month handover period incorporated into capacity-building program design from the outset to support long-term capacity-building
|17.19||‘By 2030, build on existing initiatives to develop measurements of progress on sustainable development that complement gross domestic product, and support statistical capacity-building in developing countries.’||Replicable liveability indicators aligned to the SDGs and social determinants of health and wellbeing|
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration policy proposal (in development) to embed liveability indicators as metrics in Bangkok’s 20-year Development Plan
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Alderton, A.; Nitvimol, K.; Davern, M.; Higgs, C.; Correia, J.; Butterworth, I.; Badland, H. Building Capacity in Monitoring Urban Liveability in Bangkok: Critical Success Factors and Reflections from a Multi-Sectoral, International Partnership. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 7322. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18147322
Alderton A, Nitvimol K, Davern M, Higgs C, Correia J, Butterworth I, Badland H. Building Capacity in Monitoring Urban Liveability in Bangkok: Critical Success Factors and Reflections from a Multi-Sectoral, International Partnership. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(14):7322. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18147322Chicago/Turabian Style
Alderton, Amanda, Kornsupha Nitvimol, Melanie Davern, Carl Higgs, Joana Correia, Iain Butterworth, and Hannah Badland. 2021. "Building Capacity in Monitoring Urban Liveability in Bangkok: Critical Success Factors and Reflections from a Multi-Sectoral, International Partnership" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 14: 7322. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18147322