Overarching principles

Several principles guide PDP’s work in the various programme fields and inform our efforts in formulating policy tools for urban development. These principles can be seen as the underlying best-practices in effective and participatory urban governance; they are the components of a certain “way of doing” or approaching urban politics.


These principles are:

  • Effectiveness & Efficiency
  • Transparency
  • Community Focus
  • Trust Building
  • Local Ownership
  • Empowerment
  • Accountability
  • Subsidiarity
  • Partnership
  • Gender Equality
European Union German Cooperation GIZ Ministry of Urban Renewal and Informal Settlements