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Regional planning and development

Every city – depending on its history and level of decentralisation – varies in terms of urban development, management and institutional and regulatory frameworks. The approaches, methods and recommendations delivered by Groupe Huit thus always integrate specific local factors.

Planning guides and supports support long-term urban and regional transformation. It answers the different needs established by political powers and local stakeholders.

Groupe Huit advises these bodies on new strategies for urban organisation, management and development and provides support at all project stages, with realistic, local solutions that are acceptable for those concerned.

 

Project preparation and set-up

The development and set-up of urban and regional projects is a process requiring both diagnostic assessment of the local situation and issues, and the identification of needs from a socio-economic, environmental and urban management perspective as well as the associated risks.

Groupe Huit brings its knowledge and 50 years of experience in emerging and developing countries to the preparation and set-up of regional and urban projects, and all throughout the project life cycle. We work with public and private players to identify levers for inclusive and sustainable development and for improving quality of living for as many people as possible.

 

Design and construction supervision

Groupe Huit holds design expertise (from feasibility to procurement) to support the preparation of urban infrastructure. Assignments are carried out in very close collaboration with our clients to ensure a sound understanding of the local issues specific to each project.

The construction supervision is particularly important to ensure the quality of the infrastructure and compliance with budgetary and financial constraints. Groupe Huit provides a thorough monitoring to reduce the associated risks and ensure a successful project implementation.

 

Technical assistance

To ensure a smooth project execution, Groupe Huit provides technical assistance to its clients to help and support them in their daily project implementation. We can provide permanent or intermittent staff depending on needs. Our extensive range of expertise cover the full project cycle :
  • Programming
  • Project identification and preparation
  • Implementation - design, procurement and supervision 
  • Evaluation

 

Capacity building

Cities and regions are run and managed by networks of operators who control and regulate people’s access to services. In developing countries, this management is often hindered by a lack of financial, human and technical means and resources.

By providing support designed exactly for the local circumstances and through the use of appropriate tools and approaches, we can improve urban management and strengthen the institutions responsible for building city fabric, in a lasting way.

Groupe Huit operates at any step of the process and in particular at two crucial stages :
  • Dialogue and participative collaboration: our company develops specific tools and methods to integrate all stakeholders
  • Elaboration and implementation of capacity building programs and actions to foster long-term solutions with impacts lasting beyond the project implementation phase

 

Project evaluation

On the strength of its comprehensive experience of urban projects cycle, Groupe Huit carries out regularly evaluations of projects or studies, at different stages of their implementation: ex-ante, ex-post and also mid-term evaluations.

To perform objective and high-quality work, Groupe Huit builds for each evaluation an analysis grid that examines the different components of the project (institutional, social, technical, economic, etc.) based on the DAC/OECD criteria but also adapting them to meet the objectives of the evaluation.