According to the State of Planning in Africa by the UN-habitat, the following are the core areas that need immediate address by the Institute.
Nine out of fifteen countries have laws that regulate the registration of planning at a national level (Burkina Faso, Uganda, Kenya, Mali, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia).
Countries that do not have such regulation in place include Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
Countries, where legislation to regulate the planning profession is being contemplated, include Ghana and Uganda.
In some of the countries planning is not offered at higher education institutions (e.g., Burkina Faso); while in Mauritius planning courses are offered based on demand.
Countries such as Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe have relatively higher levels of registered planners per 100,000 people in comparison to others like Burkina Faso, Malawi, and Uganda which have less.
These will be the priority areas in the first 5-year work operation of the African Planning Institute.
- Develop a 5-year Strategic Plan.
- Advocate for laws to regulate planning at national level in the different African countries.
- Advocate for planning courses to be offered in at least one higher institution in every African country through collaborations.
- Carry out trainings for basic planning skills in each region.
- Seek for partnerships with international agencies.
- Solicit for funding through developing proposals for research and grants.