Integrated territorial development brings together policies and programme plans to support economic, social and environmental change. The new New Leipzig Charter refers to the need for an integrated approach that coordinates in a “spatial, sectoral and temporal manner”.
The JRC handbook sets this out clearly (pp10) “The cross-sectoral approach to urban strategies refers to the need to overcome the ‘siloed’ structure of sectorally divided functions which characterises public organisations, in order to tackle multi-dimensional challenges. The goal of the approach is to ensure coherence in policy-making principles and objectives across policy areas, and to ensure actors relating to different sectors cooperate to create policies”
Achieving such a cross sectoral approach tests the capacity of local authorities. They need to be able to convene partners from different public sector organisations to represent the relevant policy areas for the challenge that they are addressing.
This section aims to address the following research questions:
- How did the project relate to and fit with city policy frameworks including those for Art 7 sustainable urban development (and which sectoral policies, how linked)?
- What type of cross departmental structure was established?
- What methodologies have cities used to measure the added value of multi sectoral approaches (e.g. composite indicators)?
- What concrete examples can show the benefit of the multi sectoral approach in the project?
- What are the sectoral conditions for successful scaling-up or spreading?