Global Planners’ Network


ISOCARP supports the Global Planners’ Network International Assessment of the Capacity for Planning, an initiative by the RTPI and Commonwealth Association of Planners for the Global Planners Network (GPN), with the generous support of the Lincoln Institute.

As part of the GPN’s mission to build global planning capacity to manage the challenges confronting our towns and cities in the 21st century, RTPI has developed a web-based self-diagnostic tool. This will help planning organisations and planners around the world to:

  • assess their capacity to respond to the challenges or urbanisation,
  • identify where they think the most strategic gaps in capacity are, and
  • establish support networks that can help fill those gaps.

The tool is aimed at helping us to learn how different countries plan and manage human settlements, and find out their priorities in planning these settlements.  It will also help the GPN develop its network of planning contacts.

The target respondents for the project are organisations or individuals involved in planning human settlements. The diagnostic tool is available in English, French, Spanish and Chinese and modules have been developed for different sectors:
1. Organisations representing planners
2. Central Government Ministries and Local Government
3. NGOs and Community Groups
4. Planner training organisations and academics
5. The private sector

RTPI wants to reach as many planning contacts as possible. Success in this project will depend on reaching as many planners around the world as possible and kindly requests the help of ISOCARP NET readers, who can:

  • complete the tool themselves for the country that you know best
  • advertise the tool on their own website if they have one (linking up)
  • forward this email to their own planning contacts and invite them to complete it.

RTPI website:; or

Any of these routes will take interested parties to the introductory page, the language options, a full description of the work, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about it and news of how to keep in touch with the research.

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