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Xai-Xai IDP – IMPLEMENTATION FRAMEWORK

FAO-PAP/RAC-MICOA

6.6 Proposed Association(s) of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs)

In many large cities of the world where inner cities and business districts went through a period of economic and physical decay, accompanied by rising levels of crime, local businesses and residents have come together to clean up and improve the image of their areas.

It usually starts with building owners and business tenants (both formal and informal) in one street or block forming and association which is funded by the members and employs people to keep the area safe and clean for tenants, customers and visitors. As soon as people in the next block see the positive results (less crime, more trading and higher rentals for space), they join the existing association or form their own, and so it spreads.

These associations are not a substitute for local or law enforcement authorities, but co-operate closely with the authorities in providing the services as set out in Figure 4 below. It is proposed that a small grant be made available to kick-start such associations for say the areas along the beach between Golfinho and the MICOA centre, around Halley's and possible the informal market at the town entrance.

Figure 4:

Possible Structure of Xai-Xai Beach Association of "Business Improvement Districts (BIDs)"

MEMBERS/ "OWNERSHIP"

CONTROL

FUNDING

Existing business Existing concession holders Existing associations Residents Municipality

Informal traders Traditional authority?

"Contract"

Executive Committee

Contributions

from members

Visitor levies?

"Contract"

ASSOCIATION(S) OF BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS (BIDs)

OBJECTIVE: TO PROMOTE SAFE, CLEAN, FRIENDLY, ATTRACTIVE ENVIRONMENTS FOR VISITORS, BUSINESS AND RESIDENTS

NB:

NOT substitute for local government, but provides supplementary services.

  • Identify and project unique aspects of area (marketing): "Uniforms", badges, banners;

  • "Ambassadors" for area(s) (Information assistance to visitors)

  • Keeping clean (building facades, streets, parks and other public areas)

  • Keeping safe (patrolling security guards)

Train and use existing employees of business, etc., if not enough funds for full-time staff.

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