WB: Introducing Knowledge Silo Breaker (KSB) Community of Practice (CoP) on Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)

    World Bank: Introducing Knowledge Silo Breaker (KSB) Community of Practice (CoP) on Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)

    Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) involves integrating land use and transit planning to promote sustainable urban development forms. Done well, TOD advances environmental sustainability, economic development, and socially-inclusive development. The rapid growth of urban areas and commiserate investment in urban transportation systems in the developing world presents a unique opportunity and need for effective TOD.


    The WBG has emerging operational and advisory experience in TOD across country programs in Colombia, China, Indonesia, Brazil and Vietnam, amongst others. The Bank has made efforts to consolidate emerging global knowledge on TOD though its Eco2 (Ecological Cities as Economic Cities; www.worldbank.org/eco2) concept, which promotes sustainable urban development through cross-sector integration, and by publishing “Transforming Cities with Transit,” an in-depth report on integrating transit and land use in urban development. Additionally, task teams working across country programs have collaborated and cross-fertilized knowledge informally to advance respective TOD efforts. Despite this emerging cross-GP experience, the Bank has yet to consolidate an active cross GP and CCSA community of practice on TOD that can serve as a live repository of knowledge and experience in the field.


    The objective of this Knowledge Silo Breaker (KSB) proposal is to consolidate a Community of Practice (CoP) on Transit-Oriented Development (TOD). Specifically, the CoP on TOD would aim to: increase coordination and collaboration across the operational teams working on TOD; (ii) promote the aggregation, exchange and production of TOD knowledge across the WBG; and (iii) support the operationalization of TOD concepts in Bank operations.


    The KSB will accomplish this by: creating systems of knowledge management and dissemination, which will include learning products such as policy notes and case studies; (ii) sharing experiences and information to better integrate the regulation, financing, community-development, and infrastructure-provision aspects of TOD across the Urban, Transport, and Finance practices; (iii) generating operational delivery support such as preliminary project assessments, client-engagement materials, analytics (e.g., transit usage and housing market data in order to help cities understand potential zoning regulations and financial incentives to encourage TOD) and a comprehensive list of TOD-related bank operations and experts.


    These activities will enable WBG staff from different programmatic areas and regions to familiarize themselves with existing TOD projects, identify potential applications of TOD in current and future projects in any region, and contribute to a repository of TOD knowledge and experience. The CoP will aim to create opportunities for lending operations through knowledge sharing and practical resources.


    The KSB will take the form of a Community of Practice as it aims to improve business objectives through knowledge management and network development in combination with limited operational activities such as project assessments and advice from a pool of experts. The group will benefit from an organizational structure that allows professionals working on TOD to share experiences across practice areas (specifically Urban Transport, Finance, Urban, Land and PPPs) and regions.