New Dates for the Africities Summit in Kisumu , Kenya 

 

Following consultations with the Government of Kenya, the Council of Governors of Kenya and the lead partners in the organization of the Summit, namely UCLG World, UN Habitat, and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA),  the Executive Committee of the ninth edition of the Africities Summit to be held in Kisumu, Kenya, informs the public and interested institutions, organizations, associations, and stakeholders, that the ninth edition of the Africities  Summit initially scheduled on 26 to 30 April 2022, will be held on 17th to 21st May 2022 in Kisumu, Kenya.

As a reminder, the theme of the 9th Africities Summit is: “The Role of Intermediary Cities of Africa in the Implementation of Agenda 2030 of the United Nations and the African Union Agenda 2063”.

These two Agendas call for the urgent need to develop resilient and sustainable urbanization in Africa, cognizant of the fact that by 2050 the bulk of African population will be living in cities, and that the majority of city dwellers will settle in intermediary cities. The improvement of the living conditions of the African people and the economic and social structural transformation of the African continent is therefore closely linked to the way the realization of these agendas will be addressed in African intermediary cities, which are for sure the places where Africa will be inventing her own approach and trajectory to sustainable human development based on her realities but also taking stock of the knowledge and experiences accrued across the world. As much as possible, the development models to be implemented in Africa should be more energy efficient, low carbon, more inclusive, and more resilient.

Do join us in Kisumu on 17 to 21 May 2022 at the Africities Summit, to be part of this endeavor in a place where Africa will be defining her new development trajectory based on African intermediary cities.

 

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For further information, please contact:

Gaëlle Yomi : Tel : + 212 610 56 71 45

e-mail : gyomi@uclga.org

Visit the UCLG Africa website : www.uclga.org

The Didier Drogba Foundation and 01Talent Africa are committed in partnership with UCLG Africa to support the growth of the digital economy through the development of exceptional entrepreneurial skills

 

Partnership between the Didier Drogba Foundation and 01Talent Africa to identify, train and support new African digital talent

  • The Didier Drogba Foundation and 01Talent Africa signed in Abidjan, a strategic partnership to address the challenges of the digital transformation of the continent through an inclusive and sustainable approach to human capital development
  • The Didier Drogba Foundation reaffirms its mission to promote the fundamental right to education for all without distinction and more specifically for the most vulnerable populations (unemployed youth, women and girls, migrants, …)
  • 01Talent Africa, co-founded by Nicolas Sadirac and Deror Sultan, is committed to the identification, development and provision of professional support to more than 1 million digital talents in Africa through the establishment of inclusive business schools (“Zone01”) without any financial or academic barriers, true catalysts and accelerators of opportunities for youth and innovation.
  • Didier Drogba and his foundation become international ambassadors for 01Talent.
  • From autumn 2021, an ambitious pan-African campaign will be launched to identify and reveal the digital talents and entrepreneurs of tomorrow, driving the continental tech ecosystem.

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25th session of the Executive committee of UCLG Africa : signing of the Headquarters agreement and inauguration of the Regional Office for north Africa (FINAL PRESS RELEASE)

On 17 and 18 June 2021, the city of Cairo (Egypt) hosted the 25th ordinary session of the Executive Committee of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa).

The opening ceremony took place on 17 June 2021, under the effective chairmanship of His Excellency Mahmoud Shaarawy, Minister of Local Development of Egypt. The ceremony was punctuated by the speeches of Dr. Mohamed Boudra, Vice-President of UCLG Africa for the North Africa region and President of UCLG World, General Khaled Abdel Al Aal, Governor of Cairo, the Honorable Peter Anyang Nyong’o, Governor of Kisumu (Kenya) and Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa. Also present were high officials of the Egyptian authority and the members of the Executive Committee.

In his opening speech, the Minister of Local Development, His Excellency Mahmoud Shaarawy, underlined the growing interest of his country “for the continent since 2014, within the framework of the implementation of the directives of the President of the Republic, His Excellency Mr. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. Based on the vision of the Egyptian state and its political leadership regarding the need to share our experience in the field of infrastructure development, I would like to highlight a set of inspiring facts in this regard and the achievements that have been made over the past seven years, including an unprecedented level of urbanization and urban development, where 20 new cities have been built, which is equivalent to about 90% of the number of cities built in the past 50 years. The national government is working to eradicate slums and provide safe alternative housing for 23 million citizens. Egypt is witnessing an improvement in the quality of local, regional, and international roads. Egypt’s pioneering experience in the development of infrastructure projects is an example that we are happy to share with our African brothers”.

Dr. Mohamed Boudra said he was “satisfied with the efforts made by UCLG Africa to improve the situation of cities and local authorities in African countries, efforts that reflect a responsible commitment to meet the challenges of sustainable local development and to demand a better reality for the cities of the continent. The Cairo meeting is a positive step to enrich the public debate concerning the areas of sustainable development and local democracy on the continent, as well as to support all causes relating to economic, social, cultural, and environmental rights.”.

For his part, General Khaled Abdel Aal, Governor of Cairo, stressed that the selection of the Egyptian capital by UCLG Africa to host the headquarters of its regional office for North Africa is a mark of recognition of the important role that plays Egypt in solving the continent’s problems. The UCLG Africa Office for North Africa (NARO) is called to become “a beacon in terms of knowledge and a mechanism to support and strengthen our common African work, as well as a center to address the challenges facing our African cities”.

The Governor of Kisumu, in his speech, assured that his city is ready to host the 9th edition of the Africities Summit scheduled for April 26 to 30, 2022. “This session of the Executive Committee comes at a time when our continent is fighting against the pandemic of Covid-19. The coronavirus has had a huge impact on our local communities in Kenya. However, I am happy to report that preparations for the next Africities Summit to be held in Kisumu are progressing well. The Government of Kenya has mobilized considerable resources to ensure that we organize a memorable event. Since then, the infrastructure has been improved and the construction of the roads to reach the event venue has started and we hope to complete them by the end of this year 2021. The construction of the Africities Convention Center will start in the coming days for delivery within 6 months”, reassured the Honorable Anyang’ Nyong’o

The Secretary General of UCLG Africa, for his part, stressed that “Egypt has always been a place of new beginnings for our organization. I would like to remind you that it is in this city of Cairo that we organized for the first time a meeting of the Pan-African Council of Local Authorities: it was in 2010, as part of Africa’s participation in the second congress of the world organization of local governments (UCLG) held in Mexico in October 2010. It is also here in Egypt that we formulated the common position of Africa which was to lead to the election of Mr. Kadir Topas mayor of Istanbul, as the second president of the world organization UCLG. It is also here that in June 2019 we held a meeting which decided on Africa’s candidacy for the presidency of the world organization UCLG and this candidacy that was chosen here in Cairo, under the auspices of the Egyptian government and the Egyptian people, appointed Dr. Mohamed Boudra as the candidate of Africa for the position of world President of UCLG, during the general assembly held in November 2019 in Durban, South Africa. The Egyptian Minister of Local Development accompanied us in this election; we won this election, and Dr. Boudra became the president of UCLG at the global level. This testifies to the central place of Egypt in our organization. Egypt has also offered to host the regional office for North Africa. For us, Egypt is the starting point for the renewal of our movement. What we ask Egypt to do is to continue to be the defender of local and regional governments because we are convinced that the unity and development of Africa will be achieved from the local level. Development is either local or it does not exist at all”, pleaded Mr. Mbassi.

Signing of the NARO headquarters agreement

After the opening ceremony, a delegation of the Executive Committee of UCLG Africa was received in audience by the Egyptian Prime Minister S.EM. Mostafa Madbouly, following which the Agreement was signed between the government of Egypt and UCLG Africa for the hosting of the Headquarters of the UCLG Africa Regional Office for North Africa (NARO), in Cairo. The delegation received by the Prime Minister included: the Honorable Eugene Wamalwa, Minister of Devolution of Kenya, Dr. Mohamed Boudra, President of UCLG world, Mr. Armand Roland Pierre Béouindé, Vice-president of UCLG World for Africa, Mr. Innocent Uwimana, Vice-President of UCLG Africa for the East Africa Region, Mrs. Macoura Dao, President of the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA), Mr. Augustin Tamba, President of the United Councils and Cities of Cameroon (UCCC), Mr. Dieudonné Bantsimba, President of the Association of Mayors of Congo (AMC), the Honorable Anyang ‘Nyong’o, Governor of Kisumu, Mr. Waleed Ali Bouheesah, Vice-President of the National Union of Municipal Councils of Libya, Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa, and Mr. Mohamed Cherkaoui, Chief of Protocol of UCLG Africa.


The Prime Minister underlined that “the choice of Cairo to host the 25th session of the Executive Committee of UCLG Africa is a source of pride” for his country. Mr. Madbouly expressed the total support of Egypt to Kenya for the organization of the next edition of the Africities Summit in Kisumu, and confirmed the interest of Egypt to host the next Africities Summit in 2024.

Following the meeting with the Prime Minister, the delegation joined the other participants to visit the NARO headquarters in Heliopolis. On this occasion, the participants were informed of the appointment of Ambassador Mohamed Hegazy, as Director of the UCLG Africa regional office for the North Africa region (NARO).





Proceedings of the 25th session of the Executive Committee

The second day, June 18, was marked by the proceedings of the 25th session of the Executive Committee devoted mainly to the approval of the accounts for the financial year 2020; the launch of the preparation process for the elective general assembly of UCLG Africa which will take place on April 29, 2022; the review of the state of preparations for the 9th edition of the Africities Summit scheduled for Kisumu, Kenya from April 26 to 30, 2022; and the evaluation of the participation of associations of local governments in Africa in the programming of the new cooperation cycle of the European Union with partner countries (2021-2027).
The proceedings were led by Dr. Mohamed Boudra, Vice-President of UCLG Africa for the North Africa region, in the presence of 12 of the 16 members of the Executive Committee (i.e. 09 in person and 3 online). The city of Libreville and the Association of Local Authorities of Zambia were excused.

The Executive Committee adopted the report of the Financial Management Commission which met on the morning of June 17, 2021 and gave discharge to the Secretary General for the management of UCLG Africa for the financial year 2020.

The Executive Committee has been informed of the eligibility conditions to take part in the next elective general assembly scheduled for April 29, 2022 in Kisumu, as part of the 9th edition of the Africities Summit. In the direction of this General Assembly, the Secretary General of UCLG Africa and the Vice-Presidents of UCLG Africa of the five regions are mandated by the Executive Committee to organize the regional caucuses by December 2021. During these caucuses, each region will designate its candidates for the various positions for the renewal of the bodies of the organization: Pan-African Council, Financial Management Commission, Executive Committee, Presidency of UCLG Africa, and designation of the representative of the region to the electoral commission set up to supervise the conduct of the electoral operations.

The Executive Committee received from the Kenyan delegation led by the Minister of Devolution of Kenya, His Excellency Mr. Eugene Wamalwa, and the Honorable Peter Anyang Nyong’o, Governor of Kisumu County. A communication was made on the state of play of preparations for the 9th edition of the Africities Summit scheduled for April 26-30, 2022 in Kisumu, Kenya. The official launch of the Summit website corresponding to the registration website for the Summit is scheduled for late June-early July 2021 at the latest.

The Executive Committee welcomed the progress observed in the preparation of the Africities Summit in Kisumu, and renewed its recommendation to the Kenyan delegation to travel to Morocco to benefit from the experience in organizing the last Africities Summit. in Marrakech in November 2018. The Kenyan delegation has resolved to go on mission to Morocco from July 10, 2021 if travel is authorized.

Regarding the support provided by UCLG Africa to members for their participation in the programming process of the new cooperation cycle of the European Union with partner countries (2021-2027), the Executive Committee was informed that 48 national associations have been supported in producing the roadmap for local authorities and negotiating their inclusion in the new European cooperation program. The Delegations of the E.U. must submit the cooperation programs of each country to the headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels no later than June 30, 2021. This is why the Executive Committee calls on each national association of local and regional authorities to get in touch immediately with the Delegation of the E.U. in their respective countries and with the national administration of their country in charge of European cooperation to ensure that the roadmap of local and regional governments is taken into account in the new 2021-2027 program of the European cooperation.

Concerning the miscellaneous items of the agenda, the members of the Executive Committee were informed of the progress of the celebration of RABAT, African Capital of Culture, the official launch of which should take place on January 24, 2022, date of the celebration of the World Day of African and Afro-descendant Culture.

The Executive Committee validated the proposal to sign 5 partnerships between:

  • UCLG Africa and CitiIQ. CitiIQ provides the platform where meaningful, human-scale data integration is made available. CitiIQ is a comprehensive system that objectively measures the overall health and well-being of a city. Aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, CitiIQ offers a convenient way for a city to mark progress towards achieving the SDGs.
  • UCLG Africa and the 01 Talent initiative for training young people in coding. Cities and local authorities have a key role to play in the digital transformation to promote sustainable and inclusive growth in productivity and prosperity for the benefit of all Africans. The joint initiative proposed by UCLG Africa and 01Talent Africa is part of the agenda for the digitization of administrations and businesses for which the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the need. The UCLG Africa – 01 Talent partnership aims to train and deploy more than 500,000 coders over the next 10 years in Africa and to support African local governments and businesses in the process of digitizing their operations and interventions. The goal is to ensure the development of an African technological ecosystem to meet the challenges of the continent’s digital transformation by creating a fluid network of talents who can be mobilized and ready for action.
  • UCLG Africa and Ideo for the development of an online training platform called “UCLG Africa e-Academy”. A presentation of “UCLG Africa e-Academy” was made to the members of the Executive Committee who welcomed this digitalization initiative of UCLG Africa’s African Local Government Academy (ALGA).
  • UCLG Africa and Africa Verify. This is an initiative aimed at ensuring that the operations and interventions of UCLG Africa comply with the standards of transparency and integrity necessary for the recognition of the fiduciary capacity of UCLG Africa in order to enable it to manage in all security funds on behalf of third parties (development partners, financial institutions, foundations, bi- or multilateral cooperation agencies, etc.).
  • UCLG Africa and Trombino for the development of portfolios for associations of local authorities and the development of key information materials on national associations of local governments in Africa.
  • In her talk by videoconference, the Honorable Thembisile Nkadimeng, Mayor of Polokwane and President of South African Local Government Association (SALGA), requested that a minute of silence be observed in memory of His Excellency Mr. Kenneth Kaunda, former President of the Republic of Zambia, whose work in favor of the freedom fighters in South Africa, Angola, Namibia, and Mozambique was so decisive for the successful outcome of the liberation struggle of the peoples of these countries.

    In his closing remarks for the 25th session of the Executive Committee of UCLG Africa, Dr. Boudra asked the members of UCLG Africa to show their solidarity with their colleagues from the Association of Municipalities of Burkina Faso (AMBF) and to its President, Mr. Armand Roland Pierre Béouindé, Mayor of Ouagadougou, as well as to the brotherly people of Burkina Faso, following the Solhan massacre, where 132 people were killed by terrorists on the night of June 4 to June 5, 2021. Dr Boudra asked the President of the Association of Municipalities of Burkina Faso (AMBF) to be the spokesperson for the Executive Committee of UCLG Africa to present to the families affected the sincere condolences of the community of local governments of Africa, and to express the fraternal solidarity of the cities and local governments of Africa towards their colleagues in Burkina Faso.

    For further information, please contact:

    Gaëlle Yomi : Phone : + 212 610 56 71 45
    E-mail :
    gyomi@uclga.org

    25th session of UCLG Africa’s Executive committee in Cairo (Egypt) PRESS RELEASE





    On June 17 and 18, 2021, the 25th ordinary session of the Executive Committee of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) will be held in Cairo (Egypt).

    This session will be officially opened on June 17, 2021 by the Minister of Local Development of Egypt, General Mahmoud SHAARAWY. On this occasion, the agreement will be signed between the government of Egypt and UCLG Africa for the hosting in Cairo of the headquarters of the UCLG Africa regional office for North Africa (NARO).

    The 25th session of the Executive Committee will be devoted mainly to the approval of the accounts for the financial year 2020; to the launch of the preparation process for the elective general assembly of UCLG Africa which will take place on April 29, 2022; to the review of the state of preparations for the 9th edition of the Africities Summit scheduled for Kisumu, Kenya from April 26 to 30, 2022; and to the evaluation of the participation of associations of local authorities in Africa in the programming of the new cooperation cycle of the European Union with partner countries (2021-2027).

    A press conference will be held on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 11:30 am at the Sheraton Hotel in Cairo.

    As a reminder, the Executive Committee of UCLG Africa is the body responsible for the political leadership of the organization. The Executive Committee includes 16 members, 15 members representing equally each of the 5 regions of the continent (i.e. 3 for each of the 5 regions), to which is added the President of the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA) which is UCLG Africa’s standing commission on gender equality.

    For further information, please contact:

    Gaëlle Yomi : Phone : + 212 610 56 71 45 E-mail : gyomi@uclga.org

    “The City of Lomé Hosts The Regional Forum on: ““Strengthening the Resilience and Increasing Climate Ambitions of Local Governments in Africa”

    Lomé, Togo. June 09, 2021

    From June 10 to 11, 2021 in Lomé (Togo), United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), is organizing the Forum on: “Strengthening the Resilience and Increasing Climate Ambitions of Local Governments in Africa”. This Forum is organized in collaboration with the Government of Togo, the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), BOAD, UNDP, and Expertise France. This Forum is part of the activities of the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) and Expertise France. It takes place in a hybrid format, face-to-face at the “Hôtel du 2 février”, and online.

     The Forum is placed under the High Patronage of His Excellency Mr. Faure Gnassingbé, President of the Republic of Tog𝐨.

    The Forum is a follow-up to the efforts undertaken by CoM SSA to support local authorities in the implementation of climate-energy plans, and is intended as an extension of these efforts with a view to developing a portfolio of climate projects led by local authorities and facilitating their access to climate finance.

    In this regard, the Forum aims to:

    – Make all the local and regional governments of Togo adhere to the CoM SSA covenant;

    – Strengthen the collaborative approach through a structured dialogue between the national level and the local level as part of the territorialization of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) of the countries of the WAEMU area;

    – Define a regional “Readiness” program aimed at strengthening the capacities of local authorities to develop portfolios of climate-energy projects and at gaining access to climate finance in the WAEMU area;

    – Strengthen advocacy for the connection between the climate agenda, the biodiversity agenda, and the development agenda;

    – Define a common position for the local and regional governments of the countries of the WAEMU area.

    Ministers, regional, international, financial and development partners, such as: WAEMU, AfDB, BOAD, EBID, UNDP, the European Union, the Green Climate Fund, the UNFCCC, the OECD, and the National Associations of African Local and Regional Governments of Africa will take part in the proceedings of the conference.

    During the Forum, the national support approach for the cities that have signed the CoM SSA in Togo will be launched by Expertise France and its partners from the Delegate Ministry in charge of Territorial Development.

    For further information, please contact:

    Gaëlle YOMI: Phone: + 212 610 56 71 45

    e-mail: gyomi@uclga.org

    Jeanne ETIENNE: Phone: +228 92 47 41 60

    e-mail: jeanne.etienne@expertisefrance.fr

    About :

    UCLG Africa: United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) is the umbrella organization which ensures the representation of local authorities in Africa. UCLG Africa has 51 national associations of local authorities and more than 2,000 towns and local authorities who are direct members. Through its members, UCLG Africa represents more than 350 million African citizens.

    UCLG Africa website: www.uclga.org

    CoM SSA: Launched in 2015, the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) is a major catalyst for local climate action in the region, with the political commitment of more than 240 local governments. The aim of CoM SSA is to help local governments move from planning to implementation, with a focus on unlocking climate finance at the local level. CoM SSA website: www.comssa.org

     

    Celebration of Africa day (PRESS RELEASE)









    On May 25, 2021, the Institute of African Studies at the University of Mohammed V in Rabat in partnership with UCLG Africa, is holding a seminar on the occasion of the celebration of Africa Day. The meeting will be held in a blended format (face- to- face: at the headquarters of the Institute of African Studies in Rabat and online) under the theme of “Cultural and creative economy, a lever for sustainable development”.

    The Africa Day celebrates the anniversary of the signing of the agreements of the OAU (Organization of African Unity), on May 25, 1963. This is an opportunity for each country to organize events in the aim to promote rapprochement between African peoples. This day coincides this year with 3 major events:

    – The African Union has adopted, for 2021, the theme of “Arts, culture and heritage: a lever to build the Africa We Want”,

    – The UN has declared 2021 ” International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development “,

    – United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) designated the city of Rabat as “African Capital of Culture”.

    The seminar will address the place of the cultural and creative economy as an essential element to the achievement of Africa we want (2063 Agenda of the African Union): culture and arts, heritage, and culture, as a lever to build Africa.

    Internationally renowned panelists and subject matter experts are expected to attend this meeting. They will discuss in particular:

    – The creative and cultural industries and the attractiveness of territories.

    – The digital revolution, accelerator of renewed ownership by young people of African culture and creativity.

    – The training needs for the professions of the cultural and creative industries.

    – The conditions to be put in place for the emergence of cultural places with international influence in Africa.

    In addition, this will be an opportunity for young Africans to exchange views and ideas, and to express their creative messages for ” The Africa they want “.

    For further information please contact:

    Gaëlle Yomi : Tél : + 212 610 56 71 45 E-mail : gyomi@uclga.org

    Abdelkader Betari : Tél : + 212 661 554 557, E-mail : a.betari@um5.ac.ma

    About UCLG Africa

    United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) is the umbrella organization which ensures the representation of local authorities in Africa. UCLG Africa has 51 national associations of local authorities and more than 2,000 cities and local governments who are direct members. Through its members, UCLG Africa represents more than 350 million African citizens. Website of UCLG Africa: www.uclga.org

    About the Institute of African Studies

    The IEA is an academic institution specializing in Africa under the Mohammed V University of Rabat. It was created following a decision of the late His Majesty King Hassan II in 1987 within the framework of the confirmation of the African calling of Morocco and began its activities in April 1990. It was also created to be an interface allowing to promote Morocco in Africa and Africa in Morocco. Website of the IEA: http://iea.um5.ac.ma/

    A Framework Partnership Agreement signed between UCLG Africa and ISIC (Press release)

    Rabat, Thursday, March 25, 2021Mr. Abdellatif BENSFIA and Mr.Jean Pierre ELONG MBASSI, respectively Director of the Higher Institute of Information and Communication (ISIC) and Secretary General of the pan-African organization United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG-Africa), signed, on Thursday March 25, 2021 at the ISIC headquarters, a framework partnership agreement.

    This framework agreement aims to define the general framework and the basis for the collaboration between the two institutions in the fields of training and continuing education, research, study and capacity building for Moroccan and African journalists, as well as local elected officials in the area of territorial communication and the media.

    Concluded for a period of 3 years, this framework agreement will enable the two institutions, among others, to conduct joint research, organize seminars and conferences, as well as training and continuing education workshops in the fields of information and political, institutional and territorial communication.

    A three-year action program will set out joint activities between the two partner institutions, particularly in the areas of training, continuing education and academic research both in Morocco and in the rest of Africa.

    The pan-African organization United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG-Africa), representing Local Authorities in the five African regions (Center, East, North, South and West) since May 2005 and representing the voice of Local Africa within the world organization United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) as its regional chapter in Africa (UCLG-Africa), works for the achievement of three main goals:

    – Promote decentralization and the recognition of local governments as a level of governance, with legal personality and political and financial autonomy;

    – Be the voice of Africa’s local governments and represent them at the pan-African and international level;

    – Strengthen the capacities of local governments.

    ISIC is a public higher education institution responsible for the training of senior executives operating in the media and communication fields of organizations and who are intended to serve public and private institutions as well as local governments.

    Find photos from the ceremony here
    Find below the video of the signing ceremony (in English and Arabic)

    See the press release in Arabic here

    The city of Libreville continues its term at the head of UCLG Africa (PRESS RELEASE)

    During the general assembly of the pan-African organization of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) held in Marrakech on November 23, 2018, the members chose the City of Libreville (Gabon) to chair the organization for the 2019-2021period. In accordance with UCLG Africa’s Constitution, the city of Libreville is continuing its mandate as president of the organization through Mr. Eugène M’Ba, leading the municipality of Libreville (Gabon), since January 4, 2021.

    Libreville’s candidacy was approved by the city’s Municipal Council, supported by members of UCLG Africa for the Central Africa region. The election of the city of Libreville at the head of UCLG Africa demonstrates the confidence that the city has always had in the movements aimed at creating the unity of action of local authorities, unity which is necessary for cities and territories to fulfill at best the missions bestowed upon them with a view to improving the living conditions of the populations and public governance at the territorial level. This election of the city of Libreville also reflects the commitment of that city to continue its action in the service of UCLG Africa after the city was Vice-President for Africa of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the world organization of local governments.

    In the political statement of the mayor of Libreville addressed to the members of the executive committee of UCLG Africa, the mayor of the Gabonese capital undertakes to chair the organization with dedication and determination, with the main goal of making UCLG Africa a force in terms proposals and innovation at the service of local Africa, so that the organization contributes to the implementation of the African Union’s Agenda 2063, as well as the various global agendas promoted by the United Nations, in particular the 2030 Agenda relating to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

    For further information please contact:

    Gaëlle Yomi :
    Tél : + 212 610 56 71 45
    e-mail : gyomi@uclga.org
    Visit the UCLG Africa website : www.uclga.org

    Celebration of the 10 years of existence of the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA) : encouraging assessment for the pioneers of equality action (PRESS RELEASE)

    On March 11, 2021, the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA), which constitutes the standing committee for gender equality of UCLG Africa, organized a webinar to celebrate its 10 years of existence. The meeting was held under the theme: “REFELA, a Network, a Vision and an Agenda at the service of the promotion of female leadership and gender equality in local Africa”.

    About a hundred participants took part in the event. The official opening was punctuated by speeches of: Mrs. Macoura DAO COULIBALY, Mayor of Foumbolo (Côte d’Ivoire), President of REFELA, Mr. Eugène MBA, President of UCLG Africa (speech read by Mrs. Annie Chrystel LIMBOURG IWENGA, Second Deputy Mayor of Libreville), Mr. Khalid SAFIR, Wali of the DGCT of the Ministry of the Interior of Morocco, and Mr. Jean Pierre ELONG MBASSI, Secretary General of UCLG Africa. The session was moderated by Mrs. Rahmatouca SOW, Advisor for International Relations and Political Affairs of UCLG Africa.

    Ms. Dao praised the actions carried out by her predecessors at the head of REFELA since the creation of the network in 2011 within the framework of the first Forum of locally elected women of Africa held in Tangier (Morocco). “Today, the network has 30 country chapters on the continent, representing 55% coverage of African countries. The promotion of female leadership in the territories and in the regions is not yet very entrenched: we must work more to get girls and women to take an interest in the concerns of their sisters in the territories “.

    For his part, Mr. Eugene Mba was delighted that his first official public activity as president of UCLG Africa was to celebrate gender equality within local authorities. “The dynamism of REFELA has surprised many and is a source of pride for African mayors. UCLG Africa is committed to promot women in its governance bodies. The Executive Committee of UCLG Africa, which is the political body of the organization, now has 30% of women. I intend to launch a momentum aimed at achieving parity and equality within the Executive Committee of UCLG Africa during the next terms in office of the members of our organization. This is an opportunity to thank REFELA for having made it possible, through its campaigns, and to alert and educate our leaders and our populations on the evils of our societies which hamper our dignity. Our thanks go to Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco for having accepted to be the godmother of the campaign “African cities without children in street situation”, and this is also an opportunity to thank the Kingdom of Morocco for supporting REFELA right from the start ”.

    Mr. Khalid Safir welcomed the fact that Morocco was the birthplace of the REFELA network which was born in Tangiers in March 2011. “On this day commemorating the creation of REFELA, the network has proven to be a catalyst for locally elected women in Africa and a space for an exchange of views and experience between elected women at all levels. Since the creation of REFELA, Morocco has not ceased to support your network and will continue to do so, convinced that locally elected African women are a force for our continent. With the adoption of the 2011 Constitution, Morocco has established gender parity as a goal to be achieved in all public policies. My country will always remain by your side because its achievements will be yours”.

    Mr. Elong Mbassi expressed his emotion to participate in the celebration of the 10th anniversary of REFELA. “I remember those 4 days spent in Tangier from March 8 to March 11, 2011, with elected women from Africa determined to make their voices heard. I extend my thanks to the Kingdom of Morocco for its invaluable support “.

    The celebration took place around 4 focus areas:

    -A historical reminder of the birth of REFELA marked with a presentation by Dr. Najat Zarrouk, Director of the African Local Government Academy (ALGA) of UCLG Africa, and the testimonies of the first 4 presidents of the Network: Ms. Milouda Hazib, Vice- President of the Marrakech-Safi Regional Council (Morocco), Former President of REFELA (2011), Ms Maria Helena Langa, Mayor of Mandlakazi (Mozambique), former President of REFELA (2012), Ms Fatimetou Mint Abdel Malik, President of the region of Nouakchott (Mauritania), former president of REFELA (2012-2015), and Ms. Célestine Ketcha Courtès, Minister of Housing and Urban Development (Cameroon), former President of REFELA (2015-2019). The discussions were moderated by Ms. Jacqueline Moustache Belle, upcoming Director of the Gender and Youth Department of UCLG Africa.

    -The second part of the webinar focused on the equality generation and saw the interventions of : Ms. Leila Rhiwi, UN-Women Representative for the Maghreb (represented by Ms. Sacha Belle -Clot ), Ms. Emilia Saiz, Secretary General of UCLG World, and Mr. Frédéric Vallier, Secretary General of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions ( CEMR ).

    -The third part of the webinar consisted of presenting the endorsement of the city of Rabat and its mayor, Mr. Mohammed SADIKI, to the REFELA campaigns.

    -The fourth part of the webinar gave rise to a round table with the vice-presidents of REFELA: Ms. Fatna EL-K’HIEL (Vice – president of REFELA for the North Africa region), Ms. Yvonne EYIDI née EBODIAM TCHOUMBI (Vice-president of REFELA for the Central Africa region), and Ms. Esther RATSIMBAZAFY Sahondramalala (Vice-President of REFELA for the East Africa region). This segment of the meeting was moderated by Dr. François Paul YATTA, Director of Programs at UCLG Africa.

    The exchanges made it possible to take assessment of the network’s achievements, to discuss the challenges that remain, and to evoke the future perspectives in terms of actions and cooperation.

    At the time of the assessment, after 10 years, REFELA has come a long way and counts to its achievements:

    – The recognition of the Network at the international level;

    – The renewal of the network on the continent with a 55% coverage through the 30 country-chapters of REFELA;

    – The implementation of the three REFELA campaigns (in 2018, Campaign of African Cities without Children in Street Situations (54 members), in 2019, Campaign of African Cities with Zero Tolerance to Violence Against Women (22 members) and in 2020, Campaign of African cities favorable to the economic empowerment of women (+80 members) ;

    – The signing of a partnership with the National Observatory for the Rights of the Child of the Kingdom of Morocco as part of the implementation of the “Campaign of African Cities without Children in Street Situation” (2018);”

    – The signing of the Europe-Africa-Pact for Local Equality, between REFELA-UCLG Africa, UCLG, and CEMR (2018);

    – The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between REFELA-UCLG Africa and FAMSI (Andalucía) for the implementation of the “Campaign of African cities favorable to the economic empowerment of women” (2020);

    – The establishment of governance mechanisms for the implementation of the Africa-Europe Pact (2019: establishment of the Africa-Europe Committee to support the drafting of the “Local Authorities Charter for Gender Equality in Africa” (political body, made up of African and European elected officials) ;

    – The realization of an online consultation (2019) and preparation of an analytical report on the results of the online consultation (2020);

    – The organization of capacity-building activities for locally elected women;

    – REFELA contributed to the creation of a Committee on Gender Equality within UCLG World;

    – REFELA’s contribution to the journey of locally elected women aiming to occupy ministerial positions, like Ms. Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda (former Mayor of Libreville, former President of UCLG Africa, current Prime Minister of Gabon), Ms. Célestine Ketcha Courtès (Former President of REFELA, current Minister of Housing and Urban Development (Cameroon), and Ms. Jacqueline Moustache Belle (Former Mayor of Victoria, Chief of Protocol to the President of the Republic of Seychelles).

    Message from the past presidents

    In their speeches, the past presidents of REFELA welcomed the progress made by the network while insisting that the battle for equality has not yet been won. “REFELA was a network to boost local economic development. After 10 years, we must be proud of all the achievements. However, there is still a long way to go, and advocacy must continue. This is particularly the case for the presence of more women on the electoral rolls in Africa. The management of these lists remains to be improved in order to better pave the way for women to run on an equal footing with men “, said Ms. Milouda Hazib.

    “We have made sure that the national associations of local and regional authorities admit REFELA as a standing commission on gender. We must continue to promote the self-esteem of women “, said Ms Maria Helena Langa, from Mozambique”.

    « “We were able to set up the first network of locally elected women in the world. This is a source of pride for us as an African woman. We went around the world and handed the REFELA Key to personalities like Ban Ki Moon (United Nations SG from 2007 to 2016). We must constantly and consistently support women, especially in this period of Covid-19. We must do a lot of advocacy with countries to review electoral laws, and provide training sessions because mayors change after elections. We need continuous training for elected women”, said Ms. Fatimetou Mint Abdel Malik, from Mauritania.

    “Mayors are the doctors of the populations. We had more than 700 women mayors when REFELA was created. REFELA has produced women ministers, advisers to heads of State, one Prime minister, but have we succeeded in making a planet 50/50 at the local level? The answer is no. For example, Cameroon has 40 women mayors out of 374. 40 WOMEN out of 374 mayors! In this period of the pandemic, we must mobilize women more in the fight against Covid-19 ”, declared Ms. Célestine Ketcha Courtès, from Cameroon.

    In pursuing this fight to achieve parity, REFELA can count on the support of its partners, including UCLG and CEMR.

    “Congratulations to REFELA on its 10th anniversary. We will be celebrating them globally on March 17, 2021. Our movement is driven by equality. UCLG is now co-chair of the Equality Coalition with UN-Women. UCLG will ensure that your demands in Africa are heard. We are grateful that REFELA has taken the issue of street children to the global level. We recognize the successes and remember that the fight continues. Equality must remain at the heart of our movement”, said Ms Emilia Saiz, Secretary General of UCLG World.

    “Equality is a fight that must be fought by strong personalities and this is what has motivated this movement. It is difficult to lead a political fight as a woman. I believe you can be proud of what has been done over the past 10 years. We have been partners of REFELA from the start at CEMR. The work of developing the Local Authorities Charter for Gender Equality in Africa continues. CEMR with the help of Platforma will finance the finalization of the Charter. It is an African charter that must be written and developed by African women and for African women. Equality is not just about women. We must mobilize all the people who believe in equality and convince them”,said Mr. Frédéric Vallier, Secretary General of CEMR.

    In his closing remarks, the Secretary General of UCLG Africa, Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, declared: “Three words seem to sum up perfectly my feelings at the end of the exchange of views and experience marking the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the creation of REFELA on March 11, 2011 in Tangiers, Morocco: enthusiasm, commitment and empathy. First of all, enthusiasm and pride of REFELA members in claiming their belonging to a real family, driven by a common drive, that of promoting equal dignity between men and women and equal access to rights and responsibilities. Then the members of REFELA are committed to continuing to consolidate their network through the establishment of national chapters and resolute advocacy in favor of gender equality, which will be marked by the adoption of the Charter of Local and Regional Authorities of Africa for Gender Equality at the Africities Summit scheduled for April 26-30, 2022 in Kisumu, Kenya; but also commitment of the Government of Morocco to continue to support REFELA in its just fight for equality, which corresponds perfectly to the orientations of His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco in favor of equality between men and women. Lastly, empathy towards children living in the street so that these situations that are unworthy of the societies of our cities and territories do come to an end; towards women and girls victims of violence so that these practices are no longer tolerated in our cities and territories; and towards women who are economically and socially discriminated against so that they can finally enjoy equal rights and emancipation through the action of our cities and territories. The three campaigns launched by REFELA, namely African cities without children in street situations; African cities with zero tolerance for violence against women and girls; and African Cities favorable to the economic emancipation of women, do express REFELA’s wish to find answers to the ills of our societies and to join the actions of all those who participate in the coalition for Generation Equality promoted by the Nations United Nations, and specifically UN-Women”

    For further information, please contact:

    Gaëlle Yomi : Tel : + 212 610 56 71 45
    e-mail : gyomi@uclga.org
    Visit the UCLG Africa website : www.uclga.org

    Signing of a partnership agreement between UCLG Africa and the Local Development company “ASWAK GUISSER”

    On Friday 12 March 2021 in Rabat (Morocco), the pan-African organization of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) and the Local Development Company “Aswak Guisser”, signed a partnership agreement, at the headquarters of UCLG Africa.

    The convention was signed by Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa and Mr. DAOUDI Mohamed Yassine, President of the community of Guisser, Chairman of the Board of Directors of ASWAK GUISSER.

    This partnership aims to experiment and share the tools and methods of Territorial Coaching through the support of the mission of the Local Development Company “ASWAK GUISSER”, especially in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

    It should also be noted that a delegation of UCLG Africa and its partners visited the Commune of Guisser on 5 February 2021 to refine the characteristics of the project and its related activities through a working visit.

    Video of the visit here

    M. Daoudi expressed his satisfaction to conclude this partnership. “This is an innovative project that consists in transforming the weekly Friday market into a socio-economic pole that integrates all trades. Through this partnership we benefit from the major role of UCLG Africa with its experience in territorial coaching which will allow the beneficiaries to be coached, to work with new methods and to improve their performance. We are convinced that this project will have a direct impact on the populations. “

    For his part, Mr. Elong Mbassi, expressed the wish to see the project presented at the nex Africities9 Summit scheduled for April 26-30, 2022 in Kisumu, Kenya. “We think that it is an example to share and we hope that this example will have a repercussion in the other regions of Africa. We want the example of Guisser to be a flagship example for the development of rural poles at the Africities 2022 summit. Most of Africa’s population lives in cities, but they live mostly in small and intermediate towns. An example like Guisser’s shows how we can give these people local opportunities, instead of giving them the horizon of migrating to Casablanca and not finding work there.”

    The partnership is articulated around the following 4 axes:

    • Train and animate a local team composed of 1 to 2 civil servants from the Commune of Guisser as well as 15 to 20 young animators in Territorial Coaching supervised by a certified Territorial Coach;

    • Territorial Sociograms by theme allowing the SDL partners to better understand the different stakeholders: their expectations, their potential and the blocking factors;

    • Strengthen the stakeholders (elected officials, civil society, bodies of Parity, Equal Opportunities and Gender Approach, CSOs, Human Resources …) in the areas of Territorial Coaching (postures, speaking, stress management, self-confidence, governance, digital, etc.);

    • To support the SDL “ASWAK GUISSER” in structuring local initiatives (circular economies, integration of informal employment, increasing the tax base of the commune, digital deployment) related to the implementation of the SDGs.

    The Chairman of the Board of Directors of ASWAK GUISSER was accompanied by Mr. Mhahmed Lkaihal, General Manager in charge of Strategic Development and Partnerships of the SDL “ASWAK GUISSER”.

    Also took part in the ceremony on behalf of UCLG Africa, Mr. Gautier Brygo, Director of the territorial coaching program and representative of the Belgian NGO Echos Communication in Morocco.

    For further information, please contact:

    Gaëlle Yomi :
    Tel : + 212 610 56 71 45
    e-mail : gyomi@uclga.org

    Visit the UCLG Africa website: www.uclga.org