Forum Cities and Regions for Development Cooperation 2019: UCLG Africa Invites to Reflect on the theme: “Cooperate around Migration”  

Brussels, the Belgian capital will host on 4-5 February 2019 the forum : “Cities and Regions for Development Cooperation”. Co-organised by the European Commission and the European Committee of the Regions, the Forum will bring together European institutions and Local and Regional Authorities from the EU and from Partner countries. The Forum aims at strengthening the policy dialogue between the EU institutions and Local and Regional Authorities from both Europe and partner countries.

UCLG Africa will take an active part in the event with a delegation lead by its secretary general, Mr Jean Pierre ELong Mbassi. During the first day on 4 February, he will act as rapporteur for the open debate on partnerships for sustainable urban development. For the second day of the meeting, on 5 February, UCLG Africa will organize a side event on the theme: “Cooperate around migration”.

Indeed, migration is one of t the structural and conjunctural challenges facing the African Local Authorities on a daily base. At the 8th edition of the Africities Summit (20-24 November 2018), the African Local Authorities adopted the  Charter of Local and Subnational Governments of Africa on Migration where they undertake, on one hand, to  «enforce the rights of migrants in its locality, to facilitate their peaceful integration into hosting communities, and to promote cohesion and conviviality between the hosting communities  and the migrant populations; and on the other hand, to draw the attention of National Governments to the fact that it is the right to come and go that stabilizes migratory flows, and therefore ask all National Governments to facilitate the provision of legal entry and circulation visas to migrant populations in order to dry up the source of illegal and irregular migrations ».

The main objective of the side envent “Cooperate around Migration” is to create an intelligent and serene dialogue about the content of the Charter and about strategies that make migration a real opportunity for the different actors and stakeholders involved.

Specific objectives and expected results :

  • Situate the place and the role of the regional and local governments in the Global, African and European dialogue on Migration ;
  • Highlight the role and responsibilities of cities and territories in the management of migration flows and the reception of refugees and migrants, whether in countries of origin, transit or reception ;
  • Identify and discuss good practices in governance and management of migration at the local level, including identifying the capacity building needs of local elected officials ;
  • See to what extent partnership and decentralized cooperation can be strategic levers to change the perception of crisis migration to migration-opportunity ;
  • Establish joint and concerted actions at territorial and local level to meet the needs of refugees and local populations and to the international commitments;
  • Identify strategic areas to be pursued by European and African local and regional governments and around which to articulate the political dialogue with the European authorities, particularly in the framework of the Post-Cotonou negotiation, which will include a fundamental chapter on migration, recalling that the Charter of Local and Subnational Governments of Africa on Migration has indeed clear elements on it.

Draft Agenda

Moderator: Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa


  • Soham Elwardini, Mayor of Dakar, Senegal
  • Mohamed Anako, President of the Regional Council of Agadez, Niger
  • Rhissa Feltou, Mayor of the Commune of Agadez, Niger
  • Adama Guindo, Mayor of the city of Kayes, Mali
  • Zandile Gumede, Mayor of the City of Durban, South Africa
  • Omar Hjira, President of the Oujda Communal Council, Morocco
  • Celestine Ketcha Courtès, President of REFELA, Cameroon
  • Aboubacrine CISSE, Mayor of the city of Timbuktu, Mali
  • Anyang Nyong’o, Governor of Kisumu, Kenya
  • Claire Mandouze, Special Advisor of UCLG Africa


Read the concept note of the side event

Register to participate

Visit the website of the Forum

Contact persons:

Dr Najat Zarrouk, Director of the African Local Government Academy of UCLG Africa

Email :

Mobile : +212 (0)661 120 552

Ms Lova Ramilijaona, of ALGA

Email :

Mobile: +212 (0) 658 33 30 27

Call for Expression of Interest -Training of Trainers on “Life Beyond Tourism” (January 28- February 1, Florence – Italy)

Based on its Constitution and Founding Values, in particular the respect for Human dignity, equality and promotion of human rights and liberties ; the respect of the equality of peoples, without discrimination of race or beliefs ; the adherence to the traditional values of African peoples, namely compassion, tolerance, peace, solidarity, brotherhood, friendliness, and the community of spirit and goals, its Vision “Governance, Advocacy and Decentralized Development Program for Africa” (GADDEPA), in particular the Priority 3 (Human Capital Development, Capacity Building and Intellectual Exchange), and its African Local Government Academy (ALGA) activities and offer of training, especially the creation of a College on Tourism, Heritage, and Intercultural Dialogue ;
Within the framework of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, especially the SDG 11: Make Cities and Human Settlements
inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable); Within the framework of the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding signed on August 2017, between UCLG-Africa and the Fondazione ROMUALDO DEL BIANCO and its International Institute of Life Beyond Tourism (II LBT);
Based on the success of the first experience of Training of Trainers, organized in 2018 which benefited to 10 participants from Africa (beside 2 from Russia and 1 from Germany), within the framework of ALGA College on Culture and Heritage1, II LBT and UCLG-Africa decided and agreed to organize a second Special Intensive Course Training for Trainers on “Life Beyond Tourism”, from January 28 to February 01, 2019 (5 days) in Florence, Italy.
Read more here.
Download the registration form here.

The International Session on Local Leadership Organized by ALGA of UCLG-Africa

Conference Center of Al Akhawayn University Ifrane, Morocco From Monday 10th to Saturday 15th December 2018 in Ifrane, Morocco

The African Local Government Academy (ALGA) of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), in partnership with ENDA ECOPOP of Senegal, the International Observatory of Participatory Democracy in Africa (OIDP Africa), Al Akhawayn University of Ifrane and UN-Habitat, launched the International Training Session on Local Leadership at Al Akhawayn University Conference Center on Monday, December 10, 2018 in Ifrane, Morocco.

This 5-days training, from December 10 to 15, 2018, is part of the implementation of the Local Leadership College among the Academy’s Continuous Training Offer.

In several African countries, Decentralization is going through significant changes with the transfer of State powers and competencies to the Local Governments. Such process also encourage greater empowerment of Local Governments in the management of their own affairs. It is a question of a better answering to the requirement of the economic, social and environmental development by anchoring a local governance as the framework of elaboration and execution of the plans and projects of development.

Today, elected officials, local managers and other territorial actors and stakeholders are more than ever challenged to make the Local Governance an effective development lever at the service of the population and citizens. In order to carry out their mission well, the decision-makers and the actors in charge of the management of their communities, certainly need to have a good knowledge of the legal instruments and an understanding of their roles and competences, but they also have to count on their intrinsic qualities and their leadership to better understand the various options and political orientations of the State and be able to translate them into local policies and strategies in areas as diverse as environmental management, care and socio-economic integration of vulnerable groups and precarious persons, organization and management of local public facilities and services, etc.

The Local Leadership Training Session is based on the mastery and ownership of the 12 key competencies of actors involved in improving local governance, environmental management, provision of basic local public services, and local and territorial development, with the operational objectives of supporting participants to develop an action plan for using the skills acquired in their respective municipalities, institutions and countries. The Session will be an opportunity to sensitize, train and build the capacity of the beneficiaries of this training offer on the attributes and skills of a local leader, namely representation, local policy making, decision-making, social communication, facilitation, social mobilization, negotiation, financial management, control of local action, exercise of power, management of the local institution and leadership.

The training will be provided, over a period of 5 days, by Mr Mamadou Bachir Kanouté, Expert, Trainer, Executive Director of Co-Production Space for Popular Offers for Environment and Development in Africa (ENDA-ECOPOP), Organization of the ENDA Third World Network (ENDA TM) and Coordinator for Africa of the International Observatory of Participatory Democracy (OIDP Africa).

The training Kit, which has been sent to ALGA by the Trainer, is divided into lectures, practical exercises and role plays. Participants will also benefit from support to develop an action plan of the knowledge acquired in their respective countries.

A sightseeing visit of the city of Fes will be organized at the end of the training, on Saturday, December 15 during which the participants will have the opportunity to be received at the Headquarters of the Council of the Region of Fes-Meknes and to discover a part of the Heritage and Culture of the city of Fez.

This training session gathers fourteen (14) participants from Burkina Faso, Benin, Madagascar and Morocco.

Signing of a Headquarters Agreement Between the Government of Burkina Faso and UCLG-Africa for the Establishment of ALGA-Ouagadougou

The Government of Burkina Faso and United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), represented respectively by His Excellency Mr. Alpha BARRY, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi,

The Government of Burkina Faso and United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), represented respectively by His Excellency Mr. Alpha BARRY, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General, signed a Headquarters Agreement on behalf of the African Local Government Academy (ALGA) on Friday, November 30, 2018, in the premises of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

The Headquarters Agreement lays down the rules on which the African Local Government Academy (ALGA) is established and operates in Burkina Faso, including the privileges and immunities arising from its establishment in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

On behalf of the Government of Burkina Faso, His Excellency Mr. Alpha BARRY, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, reiterated the willingness of the Burkinabe Government to support this initiative and to surround it with all the conditions for success. He thanked the Secretary General, and through him UCLG Africa, for this show of confidence in Burkina-Faso, which will now house the ALGA headquarters for the French-speaking countries of West and Central Africa.

The Secretary General of UCLG Africa, Mr. Jean Pierre Elong MBASSI, welcomed the commitment of the Burkinabe Government to UCLG Africa and wished that this Academy be a reference in the sub-region in terms of professionalization of human resources of the Local and Subnational Governments.

For the record, this Headquarters Agreement follows the Partnership Agreement signed on December 21, 2016 between UCLG Africa and the Ouagadougou Commune in Rabat, Morocco, defining the modalities of cooperation for the implementation of ALGA’s activities in French-speaking West and Central Africa.

As a reminder, ALGA-Ouagadougou has taken over and is now developing the activities of the former International Center for the Training of Local Stakeholders (CIFAL) in Ouagadougou created in June 2003 under the auspices of the Ouagadougou City Council,

registered in 2007 in the worldwide network of Centers accredited by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and funded by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF).

This Headquarters Agreement will enhance the achievements of this reference center through the revitalization of its activities and the implementation of ALGA’s Action Plan in the two regions concerned.

The two (2) parties welcomed this Agreement and expressed their common desire to work towards strengthening these relations with a view to contributing significantly to the development of skills and improving the performance of the human resources of the local and subnational governments of Africa.

Done in Ouagadougou on November 30, 2018.

COP24: UCLG Africa Statement at the Global Climate Action High-Level Event

Statement by the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) at the Global Climate Action High-Level Event on December 4th 2018 at 10:00-11:30 during COP24 in Katowice, Poland.

The United Cities and Local Governments of Africa is the umbrella organization representing the voice of over 16,000 local and subnational governments of the African continent.

UCLG Africa as many other key stakeholders do participate to the collective effort to combat climate change through the implementation of the NDCs.

UCLG Africa is aware of the renewed alert by IPCC Experts that the implementation of NDCs as currently defined, direct us towards a global warming of about 3 degrees Celsius, above the 2 degrees defined as the limit to avoid climate chaos.

UCLG Africa also shares the warning of the UN Secretary General that we only have two years left to act before the climate trajectory becomes irreversible.

UCLG Africa members therefore pledge to participate in this ambition to limit the global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius notably by promoting the implementation of Locally Determined Contributions (LDCs) extending and complementing the NDCs.

UCLG Africa members encourage public and private actors involved in climate finance, and specifically the Green Climate Fund, to direct significant financial flows to local and subnational governments.

To this end UCLG Africa hopes to see a “Readiness 2.0” program being defined and implemented with a view to supporting cities and local/subnational governments to prepare and submit funding proposals eligible for the Green Climate Fund and the other instruments of Climate Finance.


Marrakech Declaration of the Authorities of Local and Subnational Governments of Africa Concerning the Urgency of a Territorial Climate Action

We local and regional elected representatives of Africa, gathered this Thursday, November 22, 2018 in Marrakech, Kingdom of Morocco, within the framework of the First edition of the Climate Day during the Eighth edition of the Africities Summit organized in preparation for the United Nations Climate Conference COP24 to be held from December 03 to December 14, 2018 in Katowice, Republic of Poland,

Aware of the alert renewed by the international scientific community and concerned by the urgency highlighted again in the IPCC report of October 08, 2018 concerning the effects of global warming of 1.5 degrees compared to the pre-industrial era,

Noting that this IPCC report has emphasized the need for an extremely fast and ambitious transitions, especially in the areas of energy, transport, construction and agriculture to avoid exceeding 1.5 degrees of anthropogenic global warming, and that in order to achieve this goal the world must achieve carbon neutrality by 2050,

Noting that the reality of the current commitments made by the States Parties to the UNFCCC in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) does not make it possible to fit within a trajectory that is compatible with an increase in temperatures below 1.5 degrees Celsius or 2 degrees Celsius by 2100, which are the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate, but that, on the contrary, current trajectories direct us towards a warming around 3 degrees, with catastrophic consequences for Humanity, with a particularly devastating and even existential impact for African societies,

Recalling the need to learn from the limitations of the Kyoto Protocol and in particular the fact that local and subnational communities and governments were not included as participatory stakeholders, which significantly delayed the global establishment of a virtuous moment in terms of local mobilization, which is nonetheless necessary and efficient,

Emphasizing the fact that the bulk of the global climate policy decisions are made and applied at the territorial level, making local authorities and actors the driving force in the overall transformation towards a green economy, sustainable development and a climate-resilient and environment-friendly human civilization;

Recalling the recent commitments and declarations of local and regional elected representatives in favor of the Climate, including, among others   : the Declaration of the Summit of Cities and Regions of Africa in Yamoussoukro , Côte d’Ivoire (June 2015)   ; the Declaration of the World Climate Summit and Territories in Lyon, France (July 2015)   ;  the Declaration of Local and Regional Elected Officials for Climate’s Summit in Paris, France (December 2015)   ; the Declaration of local and Regional Elected Officials of Africa adopted during the Preparatory Forum for COP 22 held in Cotonou, Benin ( September 2016)   ; the Road Map for the Action of the Cities and Regions of the World for Climate adopted at COP 22 in Marrakech , Morocco (November 2016)   ;  the Declaration of Elected Officials  of Local and Regional Africa adopted at the Summit Climate Chance held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (June 2018)   ; and the Declaration of Action World Summit on Climate adopted in San Francisco, USA (July 2018)   ;

Declare the following:

Call for Application: Project Officer – Central InfoPoint and Assistance to Cities (Accra, Ghana) for Covenant of Mayors Office for Sub-Saharan Africa (CoMO SSA)(Call Extended)

After the adoption, in 2008, of the 2020 EU Climate and Energy Package, the European Commission launched the Covenant of Mayors to endorse and support the efforts deployed by local authorities in the implementation of sustainable energy policies.

The Covenant of Mayors is a unique bottom-up movement that succeeded in mobilising a great number of local and regional authorities to develop action plans and direct investments towards climate change mitigation measures.

The Project Officer – InfoPoint and Assistance to cities will be based at the UCLG premises in Accra, Ghana. The person will be selected by UCLG Africa to work on the Covenant of Mayors Office for Sub-Saharan Africa (CoMO SSA). She/he is expected to travel in the region and sometimes to Europe (Brussels project coordination office).

For all the needed information to apply to this position, click on the Application Pack here: Job Ad – Project officer Helpdesk October 2018_rev (003) ang.

Interested candidates are invited to send us the following documents, one written in French and the other written in English

1) A cover letter of maximum two pages, explaining why you would like to work as Project Officer on the CoMO SSA project and why you are the ideal candidate for this position, and
2) A curriculum vitae, including employment history (with salary), education, professional qualifications, language skills and the contact details of two references.
These should be addressed to by 14/12/2018 midnight GMT time, clearly indicating “Project Officer – InfoPoint and Assistance to cities in Accra” in the subject line.
Selected candidates will be asked to come in for an interview in Rabat, Morocco.
The successful candidate should ideally be available to start working in January 2019.

Africities 8 – The Highlights

An unprecedented participation of 8300 participants represented more than 77 countries, including 53 African countries and nearly 3,000 local elected representatives, mayors and other leaders of local and subnational governments. The Africities Summit 2018 in Marrakech has proven itself to be the most important democratic gathering in Africa.

 The Africities Summit gave a voice to local authorities. Thanks to that recognition, the idea that local Africa will change Africa is making headway’, said Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa).

20 years of the Africities Summit was celebrated and highlighted with the presentation of the UCLG Africa anthem, composed by David André, Mayor of the City of Victoria, Seychelles, and Vice President of UCLG Africa.

An opening ceremony marked by the inaugural conference of Professor Felwine Sarr, from the Gaston Berger University in Saint Louis (Senegal) whose subject, “African Cities: signs, lineaments, configuration of possibilities” invites people to consider cities as places for the production of meanings which inform us about our social, political and imaginary reality.


The closing ceremony of the Africities 8 Summit was marked by the reading of the Royal Message by Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem, who, on this occasion, officially launched the pan-African campaign,  African cities without street children.”

The initiative from the Network of Locally Elected Women in Africa, (REFELA), UCLG Africa’s Gender Equality Commission, is supported by the National Observatory for the Rights of Children (ONDE) of Morocco. 20 cities in Africa have already subscribed to this campaign, including the city of Rabat, which will serve as the pilot city for the campaign in Morocco. For the implementation of this campaign, three memoranda of understanding have been signed between ONDE and UNICEF in support of this international campaign between ONDE and UCLG Africa. The campaign will be implemented across the continent by UCLG Africa; and between ONDE, the City of Rabat and four ministerial departments of the government for the national campaign in Morocco.

(Attached – ONDE press release, photos and footage available with the MAP press agency – contact: 0021 2661114798)

The political segment of the Summit started on November 23 with a round table on city diplomacy introduced by Denis Coderre, former Mayor of Montreal, Canada, with the participation of panelists including, Her Excellency Catherine Samba-Pandza, former Head of State of the Central African Republic and former Mayor of the city of Bangui.

Several recommendations and proposals emerged from the 160 sessions held across the 5 days under the general theme   “The transition to sustainable cities and territories: the role of local and sub-national governments of Africa”.  All of the recommendations and proposals were submitted to ministers, mayors and leaders of local governments and development partners for consideration and adoption at the meeting of ministers, the general meeting of UCLG Africa, and the meeting of development partners, which were organized in parallel during the afternoon of November 23. The political segment ended on the morning of November 24, with a tripartite dialogue meeting between ministers, mayors and development partners.


UCLG Africa’s Executive Committee held its elections at which The City of Libreville, represented by its Mayor, Mrs. Rose Christiane Ossouka-Raponda was elected as the new President of UCLG Africa for a term of 3 years, which will end at the next general assembly scheduled for 2021. In addition, the city of Bagangte, Cameroon, represented by its Mayor, Celestine Ketcha-Courtès, was re-elected as President of REFELA.


Amongst the special events of the Summit, it is worth mentioning the meetings held between the mayors and locally elected officials of Africa and their counterparts in Asia-Pacific, mainly from China and Japan; and the meeting between the mayors and leaders of local and regional governments in Africa and their African American counterparts.  The African American network of mayors announced that, “400 years after crossing the Door of No Return, where the first boat left the shores of Africa bound for the Americas carrying children of Africa, it is now time to consider starting the opposite wave, by opening, at the initiative of the mayors and leaders of the local and regional governments of Africa, the “Door of Return” to the African Americans of the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America and declaring that Africities is the right place to launch this mobilization for the Road of Return.


The summary of the sessions and recommendations of the Africities 2018 Summit can be seen on the Summit or you can download it  here .

Three special days were organized during the Summit: Migration Day on November 21; Climate Day on November 22 and Urban Planning Day on November 23.

 The Migration Day recalled the crucial role of local and subnational governments in managing migration; and the urgent need to make them stakeholders in the negotiation of the Global Compact on Migration, which must be concluded at the United Nations Conference on Migration, due to take place between December 8-11, in Marrakesh.

Climate Day emphasized the urgency of involving local and subnational governments in the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and even considering Locally Determined Contributions (LDC’s) if, as is desirable, local and subnational governments plan to participate in the Paris Agreement ambitions to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees by the end of the century with respect to the pre-industrial period. In this context, the localization of NDCs is essential and UCLG Africa is asked to develop and implement a capacity-building program for its members, so that they have a climate plan and are able to prepare applications that are eligible for the Green Climate Fund (GCF). UCLG Africa is also asked to broaden the scope of its Climate Task Force to spearhead the climate action of African local governments. A Declaration was adopted at the end of the proceedings of the Climate Day.

The Urban Planning Day focused on urban planning as a basic tool for transitioning to sustainable cities and territories. It reiterated the importance of setting up urban agencies to monitor the dynamics of urbanization and to put in place a framework for dialogue between all actors to define the allocation and policies around the use of urban space in respect of ecological constraints. The day resulted in the signing of eight partnership agreements between 14 African cities in Morocco and their sisters in Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Senegal, Uganda, Tunisia and Cameroon, with the technical support of the Association of Urban Agencies of Morocco, the Moroccan “Al Omrane” Holding, the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), and the United Nations Program for Human Settlements (UN-Habitat).

Partnership agreements for urban planning and the establishment of urban agencies have been entered into between: the cities of Dakar  (Senegal) and Rabat (Morocco); Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) and Casablanca (Morocco); Yaoundé (Cameroon) and Marrakech; Jinja (Uganda) and Essaouira (Morocco); Sousse  (Tunisia) and El Jadida; Rufisque  (Senegal) and Dakhla; and Abomey (Benin) and Al Hoceima.

Another remarkable fact is the launch of the celebration of the African Capitals of Culture, aiming at giving  back to the continent’s cultural and artistic expressions the place and the role they deserve in the building,  integration and unity of Africa. The City of Marrakech has been unanimously designated to be the African Capital of Culture in 2020.

The Summit highlighted two key players, without whom the transition to sustainable cities and territories cannot be envisioned in Africa:  they are women and youth. 25 percent of Summit sessions were dedicated to gender issues, including the fight against violence against women; and the economic empowerment of women.

The Youth Forum  – Twenty young people aged 16 to 35 were selected on the basis of a call for ideas to participate in a Creative Lab on the theme, “Imagine your city and imagine Africa in 2030 and 2063“. These young people were invited to submit their projects to the delegates of the Summit, using the Africities new innovative voting platform, of which three projects would be awarded. The following three projects were the successful recipients of the Creative Lab awards:

First prize: Yvette Ishinwe, from Rwanda, for her project on the use of new technologies for optimal use of drinking water at standpipes (Iriba tap and drink innovation);

Second Prize: Zaheer Allam, from Mauritius, for her smart urban regeneration project;

Third Prize: Oulimata Sourang, from Senegal, for her E-Learning Assistant project.


Climate Initiatives Trophies  – A further competition was organized and also decided by the voting of delegates at the Summit: the Climate Initiatives Trophies celebrating cities and territories that have implemented the most remarkable actions in the fight against climate change. These were awarded to three categories of cities and territories.

For the small towns category  (less than 20,000 inhabitants), the winner was the Municipality of Ndiob (Senegal) for the implementation of its “green and resilient commune” project;

For the category of cities and territories of intermediate size (between 20,000 and 200,000 inhabitants), the laureate is the City of Chefchaouen in Morocco, for the realization of its “Energy Info Center”.

For the category of cities and large territories, the laureate is the Tivaouane Departmental Council (Senegal) for the implementation of its project “Preserving a sustainable agricultural environment”.

The Africities Exhibition, which was organized simultaneously, saw the participation of 84 exhibitors, coming from Morocco (39 exhibitors), other regions of Africa (29 exhibitors from 11 countries), Europe (14 exhibitors from 6 countries), from Asia (1 exhibitor from South Korea), and from America (1 exhibitor from Canada).

The Projects and Partnership Exchange Forum  – The Africities Exhibition gave the opportunity to effectively organize 150 B2B appointments out of the 512 requested by the delegates, who came from 44 countries. These B2B appointments led to 129 requests for partnerships, 40 proposed solutions to problems that delegates deemed urgent, and 39 projects identified as needing immediate implementation.

Best Exhibition Stand – As part of the Exhibition, a competition was also organized concerning the best booth. The results of this competition were:

Stands presenting the most innovative offer:

– Ragni SAS – Street lighting (France)

– Anemoi Magnova – Fans for large public spaces (Spain)

Stands with the best design:

– City of Marrakech (Morocco)

– United Cities and Local Governments (Barcelona)

Liveliest Stands:

– National Initiative for Human Development, INDH (Morocco)

– Special Fund for Intermunicipal Intervention and Equipment, FEICOM (Cameroon)

These awards were announced at the awards ceremony during the closing Gala Dinner held on November 24, 2018 at 20:00 in the Menara Gardens in Marrakech.

Delegates paid tribute to King Mohammed VI of Morocco for agreeing to grant his High Patronage to the eighth edition of the Africities Summit and thanked the Government of Morocco, the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Communal Councils, and the City and administrative authorities of Marrakech who made every effort to ensure that the Africities Summit took place in excellent conditions.

The call was made for the ninth edition of the Africities Summit, scheduled for 2021, to be hosted by Kisumu, Kenya.

See you in Kisumu Kenya for Africities 9 in 2021!

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Africities 8 Summit : Summary of sessions and recommendations

The general theme for the Summit is “The transition to sustainable cities and territories, the role of African local and regional authorities”. This theme reconciles the need to provide concrete responses to the demands of the populations for the improvement of their conditions and living environment, with the need to adapt to an environment marked by climate change and the growing divorce between expansive growth models and the impossibility of continuing to borrow from natural resources at the rate that such models do impose, under threat of jeopardizing the lives of future generations. Africa will become the world’s largest home to humans in just less than two generations. The continent can and must take the path of sustainable development now, especially in its cities and territories, because it is the region of the world that is the least entrenched in the globalized economy, and therefore most likely to branch off to a more sober economy in terms of borrowing and discharges into the natural environment, an economy that is fairer and more socially inclusive.

Read more here. 

Africities 8:  Meeting of mayors – preparation of the African Cities Development Fund – ACDF

Introduced by Parks Tau, President of UCLG, and by Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa, the meeting of mayors has made it possible to take stock of the preparatory process for the creation of the African Cities Development Fund – ACDF.  The mayors and presidents of local authorities had decided to do this in Africities 7.

Parks Tau clarified the vision he had introduced in his introductory address of the Africities 8 summit, detailing the reasons and the main steps to establish the fund. The autonomous access of cities to financing is a major challenge for real decentralization.

The 40 participants validated the main conclusions stemming from the work of expert groups and from the meetings with potential partners, including African development banks. These options are   :

–           The choice of an organization that will ensure the control of mayors and presidents of local authorities over the fund and the independence of financial management from any political pressure. This management will be provided by professionals from the banking sector.

–           The importance of pooling resources in all the dimensions of the management of the fund.

–           The high priority given to securing excellent financial credibility, as a condition of access to the financial markets at competitive rates.

–           The need for close cooperation with institutions and programs that support local authorities to improve their financial management.

–           The indispensable support of States to authorize and facilitate the participation of cities and local authorities in the fund: subscription to the capital and then loans.

The exchange of views and ideas made it possible to specify points of attention, to be treated within the framework of the financial, legal and taxation studies which must now be conducted.

The participants validated the roadmap in all its components.

The steering and financing of the stage that will lead to the start of operations within 4 years will be provided by a club of founding cities and local authorities.