The speed of urbanization is putting enormous pressure on the cities in developing countries to keep up with the provision of basic services like housing, energy and water supply, solid and liquid waste management, social, educational and cultural institutions etc. Decentralized basic needs services (DBNS) are proven supplements to existing (centralized) systems to improve cities service performance. However, a successful integration of DBNS options in the traditional domain of centralized services requires its inclusion in cities' development plans.

From a city manager perspective to opt for DBNS, a detailed assessment on the extent of the services that could be provided through DBNS, their price as well as other possible implications is required. Such assessment will need to include also details of policy and institutional changes/adaptations requirements, information/awareness needs, possible fiscal incentive, etc.

The presented city-wide DBNS planning methodology aims at providing a first guide on how to conduct such assessment, focusing on some of the most pressing basic services. The resulting City-wide DBNS plan targets to be a work document for city managers. It provides a clear overview of the ground situation of the selected DBNS and provides prioritized intervention plans for key DBNS related stress areas of the city.

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