Launched in 2002, URBACT is a European exchange and learning programme promoting sustainable urban development. It forms part of the European Territorial Cooperation programme, jointly financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund.
URBACT does not provide finance for physical investments or carry out pilot projects. Instead, it supplies municipalities and local authorities with tools and know-how for them to develop strategies and action plans across five themes: integrated urban development, economy, environment, governance and inclusion.
The main way that URBACT promotes knowledge sharing is through funding transnational networks. There are three types of network:
- Action Planning Networks address a policy challenge by producing an integrated action-plan;
- Implementation Networks support the delivery of an existing integrated urban strategy/ action-plan;
- Transfer Networks adapt and re-use a good practice to enhance urban policies.
All documents produced by the networks are stored in the online URBACT library. Here you can peruse over 7000 sources of information, including action plans, presentations and case studies.