THE DEPARTMENT OF URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING AND GEO-INFORMATION MANAGEMENT (PGM) IS RESPONSIBLE FOR DEVELOPING CAPACITY OF ORGANISATIONS THAT ARE INVOLVED IN THE FIELD OF GEO-INFORMATION MANAGEMENT FOR MULTI-LEVEL GOVERNANCE OF URBAN REGIONS, PRIMARILY FOR AND IN COUNTRIES THAT ARE TECHNOLOGICALLY AND/OR ECONOMICALLY LESS DEVELOPED (LDC'S)
The PGM department contributes to ITC's mission by developing capacity for the provision of (geo-) information to solve problems related to the management of space and resources (in the uban region), in an institutional setting (governance). This is done through a mix of education, research, advisory services and information dissemination, within a worldwide network of academic and professional partners and in the framework of Official Development Assistance (ODA).
The department also contributes to the strategies of the main organisations of Official Development Assistance that either focus on development to be achieved (the what) or how development should be achieved (the how). The United Nations has defined Millennium Development Goals, (the what) for the year 2015 (United Nations, 2000), each goal having specific targets. The PGM department has selected specific "what's" and "how's". On the one end the Millennium Development Goals are our context (poverty alleviation, environment protection and socio-economic development), on the other hand capacity development of organisations that are involved in the field of geo-information management for multi-level governance of urban regions is our focus. Most of the department's activities contribute to the focus but only to parts of the context.