During the months of February and March 2021, through general assemblies or board meetings, the national associations of local government in Africa proceeded to the validation of their roadmap to take part in the negotiations with the national government and the national delegation of the European Union within the framework of the 2021-2027 programming of the EU known as NDICI.
They held their national seminars with the technical support of UCLG Africa. This support started in May 2020 with the production of a compendium, an analytical report and a draft version of the roadmap. A total of 14 national roadmap validation seminars were held during the first quarter of 2021 for the following countries: Liberia, Tunisia, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Congo, Gambia, Central African Republic, Guinea, Libya, Nigeria, Cameroon, Zambia, Cape Verde, Senegal.
The meetings allowed the identification of the three priority areas of funding for the national associations that are in line with the five priorities of the European Union in their country. The five priorities of the European Union are: 1. the green economy; 2. digitalization; 3. employment and entrepreneurship; 4. migration; 5. Peace and security.
They must also choose the two priorities that align with those of the “Team Europe” initiative. The “Team Europe” initiative was launched by the European Union to support partner countries in the fight against the covid-19 pandemic and its consequences on 3 points: 1. Responding to the immediate health crisis and related humanitarian needs. This will include supporting World Health Organization and United Nations response plans and providing humanitarian assistance in affected countries; 2. Strengthening health, water, and sanitation systems, as well as partner country capacity and preparedness to deal with the pandemic; and 3. Mitigating the immediate social and economic consequences, including support to the private sector with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises, and government reforms to reduce poverty.
Throughout the process, the national associations of local authorities have contacted and involved the European Union delegations in their countries, in particular through the local consultants made available by UCLG Africa.
A total of 43 compendiums, 41 analytical reports, and 34 roadmaps were produced and made available to the national associations of local governments to enable them to carry out the negotiations and make the priorities of their people heard.
The funding made available in the new programming of the European Union Commission for the period (2021-2027) amounts to 32 billion euros. The “Team Europe” program amounts to more than 20 billion euros.
The documents produced per country are available via the table below: