Welcome to the Commonwealth Association of Planners' (CAP) website.

CAP is a major global institution in planning and is playing an increasingly significant role in the worldwide promotion of planning as a fundamental part of governance for sustainable human settlement. 

CAP currently represents over 40 000 planners from 27 countries throughout the Commonwealth including African, Asian, Australasian and Caribbean countries.   CAP also has a Women in Planning network and a Young Planners network and plays a leading role in developing the planning profession and planners throughout the countries of the Commonwealth.


CAP is proud to be a partner in the Commonwealth Sustainable Urbanisation Programme working with our partners Commonwealth Association of Architects, Association of Commonwealth Universities and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum, with support from The Prince’s Foundation, the Rwandan Ministry of Infrastructure, the Rwandan Ministry of Local Government and the Commonwealth Engineers Council.  This group is working together to promote sustainable urbanisation in the Commonwealth.

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Co-operation and Collaboration
Education and Research

We work in partnership to improve human settlements through proactive participation with other Commonwealth and international organisations including the Commonwealth Foundation, the Commonwealth Secretariat and other Commonwealth Associations; UN Habitat including the World Urban Campaign, General Assembly of Partners, Habitat Professionals Forum and World Urban For and many allied professionals, including architects, surveyors and engineers.

Building capacity is critical.  CAP works with our members to provide best practice papers and webinar opportunities to share current research and build capacity.  Connecting to our members and sharing resources, education options and mentoring opportunities assists in building capacity in countries experiencing high urban growth rates and assists in countries with limited planning education opportunities

We strengthen the voice of planners in all regions of the Commonwealth through assisting in the formation of associations in those countries which do not have them, being a contact and exchange point by for example the preparation of pan–Commonwealth discussion papers on topics of relevance, holding events in the regions and disseminating good practice. We share information by social media and post information on our website.

CAP is involved in a number of projects across the Commonwealth.  They include ‘Strengthening Professional Planning Capacity to advance a Caribbean urban Agenda and  participation in the World Urban Campaign.  A platform led by the UN Habitat that works to place the urban agenda at the heart of developmental policies.

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