Call for contribution to the 2nd Issue of the African Local Manager’s Voice

As part of the activities of the Local Africa Network HRnet and the Observatory of Local Human Resources in Africa of UCLG Africa, a call for contribution for the second issue of the “African Local Manager’s Voice”,  is open.

The first issue of the bulletin focused on “The main functions of Human Resources Management at the African Local level: sharing of experience”. 

The theme of this second issue is : “Creating a conducive and attractive environment for the development of the human resources at Local Level in Africa: sharing best practices”.  

 

WHO CAN CONTRIBUTE?                                    *

The newsletter is mainly open to contributions from African Territorial Managers regardless of their field of activity or professional field. However, in a spirit of openness to the environment of African Territorial Communities and Benchmarking, any other contribution having an added value.

Contributions are expected before 10 October 2019.

More details here

Extraordinary meeting of the Executive Committee of UCLG Africa: Morocco chosen as Africa’s candidate for the presidency of UCLG World

Libreville, the capital of Gabon, hosted an extraordinary meeting of UCLG Africa’s Executive Committee on 26 July 2019.  The meeting, convened on the initiative of the President of UCLG Africa, Mr. Léandre Nzue, Mayor of Libreville, was officially opened by the Prime Minister of Gabon: His Excellency Mr Julien Nkoghe Bekalé.

The sole purpose of the Executive Committee meeting (Extraordinary) was the Designation of candidates of Africa for the Presidency of the United Cities and Local Governments – World within the framework of the World Congress that will be held from 11 to 15 November 2019 in Durban, South Africa

For the nomination of the candidate for the position of UCLG World President, the members of the Executive Committee present used a vote to choose between the Moroccan candidature put forward by the Association of Presidents of Moroccan Communal Councils (AMPCC) and the South African candidature put forward by the National Association of South African Local Authorities (SALGA).  At the end of the vote, the Moroccan candidate obtained a majority of votes.

Thus, the President of the AMPCC, Mr. Mohamed Boudra will be Africa’s candidate for the position of UCLG World President.

Concerning the nomination of Africa’s candidate for the post of UCLG Vice-President for Africa, the only candidate in the running was the Association of Municipalities of Burkina Faso (AMBF), represented by its President, Mr. Armand Béouindé.

Elections for the renewal bodies of UCLG are scheduled from 11 to 15 November 2019 in Durban, South Africa during the World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders.

The President of UCLG Africa, Mr. Léandre Nzue, invited all members to mobilise and support Morocco’s candidacy for the position of President of the world organization UCLG.

In Durban, Africa’s mission will be to repeat the achievement of 2016 in Bogota (Colombia), where it was first taken to the head of the world organization through its candidate Park Tau, then president of the National Association of Local Authorities of South Africa (SALGA).

 

The presentation of the Executive Committee of UCLG Africa is available here

 

 

 

 

Register to the UCLG Africa/ALGA College on Gender Equality

The African  Local Governments Academy (ALGA) of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) will launch  his college on: “Gender Equality, women’s and girls’ empowerment to meet the SDG5 and the African Vision on Women’s Rights”, from 07 to 11 October 2019 in the Kingdom of Morocco, City of Tangiers

 

THE MAIN OBJECTIVE

The International Seminar will be an opportunity  for participants to be informed on the progress made in the implementation of global and continental commitments on gender equality, and to raise awareness among them on concepts, issues, challenges, actions and good practices in the empowerment of women and girls in order to achieve the SDG 5 and the African vision on women’s rights. It will be also an opportunity to share the UCLG-Africa commitment for Gender equality and for the empowerment of women and girls.

 

TARGET PUBLIC

The International Seminar targets:  – Mayors, Presidents of Local Governments and Councilors, local decision makers and those in charge of Local Governments; – Female managers in Public institutions; – NGO Leaders, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and other key Civil Society actors; – Heads of institutions involved in providing advisory support to local authorities.

Read more here: Concept Note.

Below the registration form to be completed and returned to the following e-mail addresses: lramilijaona@uclga.orgpdabire@uclga.org with cc to najat_zarrouk@yahoo.fr.

Registration form. 

 

The REFELA among the delegation of mayors of the world, received in audience by the Secretary General of the United Nations, at the High Level Policy Forum on Sustainable Development

The High-level Political Forum is the United Nations body responsible for global review of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The main theme of the 2019 Forum, held from 09-18 July at United Nations Headquarters in New York, was “Empowering People and Ensuring Inclusion and Equality”.  It was discussed how to empower people and ensure inclusion and equality, while assessing overall progress in achieving the SDGs, with special attention to SDGs  8, 10, 13, 16 and 17.

It is in this context that the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. António Guterres, received in audience, a delegation of mayors of the world, which represented several networks, members of the Global Taskforce, including UCLG and the Network of Locally Elected Women in Africa (REFELA) of UCLG Africa. This delegation was led by the President of the world organization of UCLG, Mr Parks Tau with the participation of the President of REFELA, Mrs. Macoura Coulibaly Dao, Mayor of the commune of Foumbolo-Côte d’Ivoire, and of other mayors from Africa and other continents.

During this hearing, the Secretary General of the United Nations mentioned, among other things, the importance of the role of local authorities in localizing the 17 SDGs of the International Agenda, to “Empower people and ensure Inclusion and Equality”, as discussed in this High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development of key actors to be considered for the implementation of the global development goals. The delegation received by the Secretary General of the UN was made up of elected officials.The challenge for the mayors present at this hearing and for the President of REFELA was to convince the UN Secretary General to give speaking time to UCLG, UCLG Africa, UCLG Africa’s Global task Force on Climate,  and REFELA, at the United Nations General Assembly to draw attention   be given to local authorities.

 

.Intervention of local elected officials :

The GLOBAL Taskforce could be a credible interlocutor. It is about moving governance mechanisms, by asking natioonal governments  to consider the place of local authorities alongside them. The challenge is to unite forces and means of action to face challenges such as ecological emergencies, gender equality, poverty alleviation, educational development, the rebalancing of public policies, and global actions that today make people vulnerable.

Local authorities are at the forefront of meeting these challenges. They must have the means to act: recognizing their role and giving them a place in global governance would be an important step.

 

On behalf of REFELA, President Macoura Dao was able to send a strong message to the UN Secretary-General: “REFELA joins the various messages delivered by the representatives of networks of elected officials,  and draws attention to the importance of the proximity of African women local elected representatives, to achieve the global goals. In addition, people should count on women mayors and female local elected representatives of Africa, grouped within REFELA, and on  their determination to act for the implementation of SDGs 4, 5, 11 and 15. Women mayors and female elected officials propose to carry out three campaigns, (i) the campaign of African cities without street children; (ii) the campaign of African cities with zero tolerance for violence against women and girls; and (iii) the campaign of African cities for women’s economic empowerment; convinced that, if implemented, these campaigns would help make the cities and territories of Africa sustainable communities, where inhabitants – bothe male and female- would feel concretely the improvement of their living conditions. This is only possible with the improvement of the economic, social and political inclusion of women and the support of the international community “.

“Answer of the U.N. Secretary General: “You preach to a convinced, my wife is still a local elected official in Italy and I myself had  local mandates … I understand the importance of the actions of local authorities and the specificity of their roles in the implementation of the SDGs. But this is a forum of national governments  and I am not the only one to decide. It is obvious that some national governments are against putting local authorities in the limelight, but I support you … You must convince each of your natiopnal governments to take you in the official delegation … I congratulate REFELA: I know that women need support, and I will support you … ” »

UCLG Congress | Durban 2019 – Registration is now open!

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We look forward to welcoming you to the World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders, our triennial UCLG Congress, which will be held from 11 to 15 November in eThekwini-Durban, South Africa.

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Mr. Léandre Nzue, New President of UCLG Africa , Mrs. Macoura Dao, New President of REFELA

The statutory meetings of UCLG Africa in Cairo held from 17 to 21 June 2019 were marked by the installation of the new President of UCLG Africa namely Mr. Léandre Nzue, Mayor of Libreville (Gabon) and the election of Mrs Macoura Dao, as President of the Network of Locally Elected Women and Territorial Leaders of Africa (REFELA).

At the opening of the 20th session of the Executive Committee of UCLG Africa on 18 June, the members received the profession of faith from Mr. Léandre Nzue, who, in his capacity as newly elected Mayor of Libreville, was installed as the new President of UCLG Africa for the period 2019 to 2021, and therefore chaired this 20th session of the Executive Committee.

During his installation, the President of UCLG Africa undertook to encourage unity and dialogue, facilitate public and private investment, foster the integration of associations of local authorities for a better management of African cities by 2021.

On June 17, the first meeting of the Bureau of the Network of Locally Elected Women and Territorial Leaders of Africa (REFELA) was held. In accordance with REFELA’s Internal Regulations, Mrs. Dao Macoura, Mayor of Foumbolo in Côte d’Ivoire, Vice President of REFELA for the West African Region, was elected President of REFELA for the period 2019-2021, replacing Mrs. Célestine Ketcha-Courtes who became a member of the Government in Cameroon.

In her speech, Mrs. Dao recalled that REFELA’s leitmotif is  to promote greater participation of women in the governance of local authorities and a better integration of women’s concerns into the policies pursued in our cities and territories;

The final press release of the statutory meetings is available here.

The final press release of the REFELA meeting is available here.

The composition of the UCLG Africa presidency is available here.

 

COMMUNIQUE – 14th June 2019 NALAG 20TH Biennial National Delegates Conference

The 20th National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana held in Sunyani, Bono Region from the 12-15 June 2019 under the theme: Ghana Beyond Aid: a paradigm shift for Sustainable Development, the role of Local Authorities to depict the critical role that NALAG will play to ensure that the Metropolitan Municipal and District Assemblies are the main actors in the socio-economic development of Ghana.
NALAG is fully committed to support and implement Government policy of Ghana Beyond Aid and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals thereby reducing extreme poverty in all its forms, reduce inequality as well as sustain prosperity for all. NALAG commits to ensuring that all the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies address these responsibilities for self-reliance and dedication with the focus of developing Ghana with its own resources.

The conference was attended by delegates from all the sixteen regions of Ghana, Traditional authorities from the Sunyani municipality, development partners including The German Development Cooperation and other international organisations such as The Commonwealth Local Government Forum and The United Cities and Local Governments of Africa who were there to support NALAG as their member with solidarity messages. Three Deputy Ministers from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development were also present as well as the Regional Minister of Bono Region and The Executive Secretary of the Inter-Ministerial Coordinating Committee on Decentralisation. The Local Government Services Secretariat and the Civil and Local Government Staff Association Ghana (CLOGSAG) were also present to pledge their support to NALAG.

High on the agenda of the conference was the Award to some meritorious members of NALAG who’s unrelenting service for over thirty years are still working very hard in their various communities and the conferment of Honorary membership to some deserving dignitaries for their unflinching support to NALAG over the years.
Also plenary sessions were held to discuss Agenda 2030, Enhancing Internally Generated Revenue and this was followed by a live demonstration of the use of the software developed to support the MMDAs in their quest to raise revenue for developmental impact. Culture of dialogue with citizens was presented as a participatory tool to improve internally generated revenue for the MMDAs. Mobilising local resources for sustainable development and management of waste at the district level were all topics that caught the attention of the delegates, as these are the areas were the MMDAs mostly encounter challenges. A representative from the Institute for Democratic Governance explained the concept of local democracy in the context of Ghana as prescribed by The Presidency of the Republic of Ghana – H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. This was to ensure that the delegates better understand the concept of local democracy and the process that will lead to the election through the referendum as prescribed by the constitution of the Republic of Ghana. NALAG is committed in supporting the policy of the government and will sensitise the population accordingly.

There was also the presentation of the audited financial statement by Veritas Associates for the year ending 31 December 2017 which were duly approved by the delegates.
Further presentations from Zoomlion and Ghana dot com addressed issues related to sanitation and waste management, and Ghana dot com is championing local news in Ghana. Zoomlion in collaboration with NALAG and other service providers want to ensure that every household in Ghana has a waste bin and Ghanadistricts dot com (ghanadistrict.com) is positioning to bring local governance to the doorsteps of the people. NALAG needs to work in close collaboration with this media organisation to create more visibility to local actions implemented at the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies.
The election of members to the National Executive Council of NALAG was another item high on the agenda. The election was conducted in a free and fair and free from fear manner. The following were voted into office.

• President: Hon. Bismark Baisie Nkum –Gomoa West District Assembly – Central Region
• 1st Vice President: Hon. Williams Aduum – Kassena Nankana Municipal Assembly – Upper East Region
• 2nd Vice President: Hon. Evelyne Dansoa Boateng – New Juabeng North Municipal Assembly – Eastern Region
• Treasurer: Hon. Seth Oduro Boadu – West Akim Municipal Assembly – Eastern Region
• Trustee: Hon. Kusi Kwaku Eric – Adansi North District – Ashanti Region
• Trustee: Hon. Fiagbaji Prince – Nkwanta South Municipal Assembly – Oti Region
• Women’s Caucus Representative: Hon. Mariam Iddrisu –Sagnarigu Municipal Assembly – Northern Region

Regional Representatives

 

Cairo hosts statutory meetings of UCLG Africa and the forum, “African cities driving sustainable development on the continent.”

United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), in collaboration with the Minister of Local Development of Egypt and the Governorate of Cairo, are organizing its statutory meetings in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, from June 17-21, 2019

The Network of Locally Elected Women in Africa (REFELA) will meet on June 17, 2019. The meeting will be an opportunity to launch the national chapter of REFELA in Egypt.

On the morning of June 18, 2019, the 20th session of the Executive Committee of UCLG Africa will be held, devoted to approving the organization’s accounts; preparing the 9th edition of the Africites Summit, scheduled for November 16-20, 2021 in Kisumu, Kenya; and organizing Africa’s participation in the UCLG World Congress, scheduled for November 11-15, 2019 in Durban, South Africa.

On the afternoon of June 18, 2019, a strategic meeting of UCLG Africa’s members from the North African Region is planned to define their priorities for action and the dynamics of setting up national associations of local authorities in countries that do not yet have them. There will also be a meeting of the members of the Bureau of the Specialized Technical Committee of the African Union on the Ministers of Public Service, Urban Development and Housing, Territorial Communities and Decentralization, which will be held at the invitation of the Minister of Local Development of Egypt.

On June 19 and 20, 2019, a conference will be held under the High Patronage of the President of the Republic of Egypt on the theme, “African Cities as Drivers of Sustainable Development.” This conference will be officially opened by His Excellency the Prime Minister of the Egyptian Government, Dr. Mostafa Madbouli and will be attended by members of the government, leaders of African local authorities and representatives of technical and financial partners.

The opening ceremony of the conference will be marked by the official signing of the Headquarters Agreement for the hosting of the UCLG Africa Regional Office for North Africa (NARO) in Cairo, Egypt, followed by the inauguration of the office on Friday, June 21, 2019.

For further information, please contact:

Gaëlle Yomi: Tel: + 212 610 56 71 45

E-mail: gyomi@uclga.org

 

About:

UCLG Africa: United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), is the umbrella organization that represents the local authorities of Africa. UCLG Africa has 47 national associations of local authorities and more than 2,000 cities and local authorities that are direct members. Through its members, it represents more than 350 million African citizens. UCLG Africa’s main missions are to promote decentralization in Africa and the establishment of African local and regional authorities as an autonomous sphere of governance, distinct from, but complementary to, the national government; to support the creation and strengthening of national associations of local and regional authorities with a view to promoting structured dialogue between the Government and local and regional authorities in the definition and implementation of public policies, including decentralization policies; and to contribute to the development and unity of the African continent from the cities and territories.

Visit UCLG Africa’s website: www.uclga.org

Dowload the press release here.

 

 

EXTENSION- Call for Expressions of Interest: African Cities Development Fund (now Territorial Africa Agency)

Context and justification of the Call for Expression of Interest

The world population is expected to reach 8.1 billion in 2025, 9.6 billion in 2050 and 10.9 billion in 2100. It is Africa that will provide more than half of the world population growth, from 2.4 billion in 2050 to 4.2 billion in 2100. With an average annual population growth of 2.4%, the highest in the world, the African population increased twofold over in the last 30 years whereas the European population, for instance, increased by only 15% over the same period.

According to the experts, between 1950 and 2050, Africa’s urban population will increase by 1.3 billion inhabitants, that is more than the overall increase in the urban population in Europe, Latin America, South America, North America and Oceania joined together. The African continent is the fastest urbanizing region of the world. It is therefore the region of the world with the highest needs for settlement investments.

Africa currently has (3) cities of over 10 million inhabitants (Cairo: 17.7 million inhabitants, Lagos: 13.2 million inhabitants and Kinshasa: 11.58 million inhabitants); 4 cities with a population between 5 and 10 million; 49 cities with a population of 1 to 5 million; 53 cities whose population is between 500,000 and 1 million inhabitants; and 85 cities with a population of 300,000 to 500,000 inhabitants. These cities produce about 60% of the continent’s GDP, and host a middle class that should match China’s in 2020. The economic weight of this middle class is estimated currently at USD 700 billion, and is expected to reach USD 1,700 billion in 2030.

The urban population of Africa is characterized by its extreme youth. The median age of the population is 19 years. Compared to other regions, the weight of youngsters in the population of African cities is both a challenge and an opportunity: a challenge of having to train and integrate into the economic and social life thousands of young people whereas the job opportunities do not live up to the expectations. The opportunity of having a large and better-trained work force thanks to the progress of education, and which is ready to invest in tapping the multiple potentialities of the continent. On the express condition that the continent should be able to mobilize annually over the next 10 to 15 years the sum of USD 80 billion needed to set up the urban infrastructures and services needed to handle effectively the management and operation of the continent’s cities.

The experts estimate the current annual value added of African cities at approximately USD 51 billion, and their annual debt capacity at USD 8 billion. On the other hand, the annual turnover of the 200 largest banks operating on the continent is estimated at over USD 1,000 billion, and their net annual income at around USD 45 billion. In other words, cities in Africa are now operating in an environment characterized by expanding and increasingly mature financial markets.

The challenge of funding African urban infrastructures and services must therefore be addressed based on this new enabling environment. It is in order to review this possibility that in collaboration with FMDV, UCLG-A organized in Marrakech, Morocco, in December 2014, the conference REsolutions Africa on the topic “Funding African Cities: Agenda, Alliances and Solutions”. At the end of the meeting, the participants who were mainly mayors and local/ regional authorities of the continent recommended the establishment of a financial vehicle dedicated to the development of African cities, termed African Cities Development Fund, (now the Territorial Africa Agency)(see Marrakech Declaration in Appendix 1).

It is in pursuance of this recommendation that CGLUA Africa launched the initiative aimed at defining the establishment conditions and the operating procedures of  the Territorial Africa Agency. A workshop for the definition workshop of the format of this financial vehicle was held on 30 and 31 October 2017 in Rabat, Morocco. In addition to the Chief Financial Officers of major cities such as Port Louis and Pretoria, the other participants include institutions such as the West African Development Bank, BOAD (Banque Ouest Africaine de Développement), the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), the West African Regional Stock Exchange (BRVM), Deposit and Management Fund, CDG (Caisse de Dépôts et de Gestion) of Morocco, Department of Local Governments of the Ministry of Home Affairs of Morocco, Moody’s, Bloomfield International, HSBC, Agence France Locale, Norges Kommunalbank, Municipal Capital Investment Fund, FEC (Fonds d’Equippement Communal) of Morocco, the Dakar Municipal Finance Project and the Municipal Capital Investment Fund of Cameroon, FEICOM (Fonds d’Equipement et d’Intervention Communal).

This workshop helped to define the contours of the proposed financial vehicle as well as the critical path of all the tasks to be carried out with a view to setting up the  Territorial Africa Agency, for both the technical component and the political component. This workshop also recalled the urgent need to set up the Club of the first cities interested in being members of the Territorial Africa Agency.

  1. Presentation of the call for expression of interest

The purpose of this call for expression of interest (CEI) is to identify the cities as well as the local and regional governments in Africa wishing to be members of the Founding Club of the Territorial Africa Agency.

The Territorial Africa Agency is designed as a cooperative fund of the major African cities (about twenty cities at the beginning) that would undertake to disburse a seed capital of Euros 100,000 Euros. This seed capital should be used to raise additional resources from the financial institutions or the financial markets.

The Fund is intended to finance the investments and services needed to cope with the rapid growth of the continent’s cities and catch up in this area, making the current operation of most African cities globally ineffective. Access requirements should also help to improve the financial performance and governance of local and regional governments; and promote economically and socially more cost-effective and efficient investment choices.

  1. Eligibility

Shall be eligible as founding members of the Territorial Africa Agency:

–           The capital cities of African countries;

–           Rank 2 African cities

–           The intermediate level local and regional governments of the type of State Governments (in the case of countries with a federal system), Regions, Provinces, Counties, Departments or Circles, etc.

  1. Constitutive supporting documents of the application for the status of an the Territorial Africa
    Agency Founding MEMBER

–           The deliberation passed by the council or the deliberative body, for the local or regional government to become a founding a member of the Territorial Africa Agency

–           the undertaking of the authority responsible for the executive body of the local or regional government to settle the contribution of Euros 100,000 within three months following the vote of the deliberation of the council or the deliberative body

–           copy of the legal or regulatory act establishing the local or regional government as a legal entity enjoying financial autonomy

–           copy of the legal or regulatory act appointing the members of the deliberative body and the executive body of the local or regional government

–           copy of the last three administrative accounts approved by the competent authorities or by public or private auditors

–           copy of the regulatory act appointing the  Territorial Africa Agency focal point within the local or regional government (names and contact details of the appointed person)

  1. Address for the forwarding of constitutive documents  

All the information mentioned under point 4 must be sent, as soon as possible, and no later than October 15, 2019 at 17:00 hours UT to :

The Secretary General of UCLG Africa

22, rue Esaadyine, Quartier Hassan, 10020, Rabat, Morocco

Email: Email: hbelghol@uclga.org  ; fyatta@uclga.org 

Fax: +212 5 37 26 00 60

Tel.: +212 5 37 26 00 62/ 63

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