Over the past three decades, CIP has engaged in a variety of international activities aimed at three major goals:
Education and awareness-building: influencing policy related to international urban affairs, export development and international urban cooperation;
Employment and business development: generating employment and business opportunities for CIP members; and
International cooperation and development assistance: contributing to Canadian awareness of the state of planning abroad and participating in projects that advance the profession at home and abroad.
The Caribbean has been a focus of CIP’s international activities since 1984. We have worked across the region to enhance the recognition of planning and to build broad support among professionals, decision-makers and the public for the value of good planning practice. Beginning in 1999, CIP has worked directly with partner organizations in Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Cuba to strengthen planning practice in low-income communities vulnerable to natural disasters.
For more information on CIP's international activities, see the following pages on our work with specific institutions and issues:
International Capacity Building
Since 1998, CIP's WorldLink International Internship Program has placed more than 100 young urban planning professionals with host organizations in some 30 countries. Consistent with the geographic focus of CIP's other international work, nearly half have been placed in the Americas, including with municipal and national government agencies in Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago. The program has helped CIP build partnerships and networks in the region, provides excellent international work experience for young practitioners, and makes Canadian planning expertise available to developing and third world countries. *The WorldLink Program is not currently operating.
The Canada-Guyana Partnership for Community Planning (C-GPCP) was a CIDA-funded partnership between the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) and the Government of Guyana's Central Housing & Planning Authority (CH&PA) carried out between April 2009 and March 2012. The Project's purpose was to increase transparency and accountability in public sector decision-making related to investment in social and physical infrastructure. By enabling the CH&PA with the capacity to deliver and implement community development plans, the project aimed to promote greater transparency and accountability and civil society participation in decision-making related to community-level investment in social and physical infrastructure.
Visit the Canada-Guyana Partnership for Community Planning Project 2009-2012 site for more information.