Consultation en vue d’un Contrat de Services dans chacun des 8 pays retenus dans le cadre du projet Readiness UEMOA





Avis de consultation pour le recrutement d’un Consultant pour la réalisation d’une analyse de vulnérabilité aux risques climatiques et de capacité sensible au genre dans chacun des 8 pays retenus dans le cadre du projet Readiness UEMOA

1. Informations de base
Département émetteur de la consultation
Point focal du Fonds Vert Climat (Autorités Nationales Désignées – AND)

Procédure
Restreinte

Lieu d’exécution de la prestation

LE BENIN : Lire l’Avis de consultation ici

LE MALI : Lire l’Avis de consultation ici

LE SENEGAL : Lire l’Avis de consultation ici

LA COTE D’IVOIRE : Lire l’Avis de consultation ici

LE BURKINA FASO : Lire l’Avis de consultation ici

LE TOGO : Lire l’Avis de consultation ici

LA GUINEE BISSAU : Lire l’Avis de consultation ici

LE NIGER : Lire l’Avis de consultation ici

NB : Les offres techniques et financières doivent être soumises au pouvoir adjudicateur au plus tard le 22/01/2024 à 17h00.Elles doivent être soumises par courrier électronique aux adresses mail suivantes :

Mme Mery Yaou, – Directrice de l’Environnement, AND du Togo, Ministère de l’Environnement et des Ressources Forestières – ymery69@yahoo.fr

Mr. Jean-Pierre Elong-Mbassi, – Secrétaire Général, CGLU Afrique – elongmbassi@uclga.org

Mr. Nbou Mohamed, Conseiller Spécial climat, Biodiversité et Système Alimentaire – m.nbou@uclga.org

Mme Soumia Benlebsir, Chargée de mission, Département Climat, Biodiversité et Système Alimentaire – sbenlebsir@uclga.org

Awareness raising on the impact of the European Commission CBAM regulation on exporting industries in Africa

December 8th, 2023, at COP28, UCLG Africa Pavilion
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

To foster the transition to the green economy and comply with the engagement of the European Union to become a net zero economy by 2050, the European Commission has put in place a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism that defines a transitional period from 1 October 2023 until 31 December 2025, for any exporter of raw material or goods to the European Union member countries to align with the provisions of the CBAM. Beyond this period any exporter of non-decarbonized products will be liable to a carbon tax on its exported goods at its point of entry in Europe.

The side event attended by leaders of African subnational and local governments as well as African exporting companies help participants to (i) understand what the CBAM is (ii) apprehend how it is going to impact African exporters of raw materials covered by the mechanism i.e. cement, iron, aluminium, hydrogen to name a few and (iii) explore various levers which can be implemented to help African exporting industries to preserve their market shares while meeting SDGs and accelerating their own green transition.

The following recommendations were adopted by participants at the side event:

1) UCLG Africa to disseminate and populate widely the provisions of the European Commission CBAM regulation in African countries and specifically in the cities and territories hosting economic free zones areas which exports to the European Union member countries will be strongly impacted by the CBAM regulation;

2) African countries and subnational governments, particularly those which export raw material to EU member countries or house economic free zones areas to urgently initiate and implement a decarbonation strategy of their industrial areas and exporting activities;

3) The European Commission to accompany African countries in the implementation of the CBAM regulation by providing technical assistance and transfer of technologies using the European Global Gateway or the Team Europe framework.

Media Contact: gyomi@uclga.org; contact@lem-co.com; laurence.em@lem-co.com;

FAMI 7-2023: African Local Governments Set Out Proposals for the Successful Achievement of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)

GSEF :« Atelier de Coaching sur le passage de l’économie informelle vers l’économie formelle et inclusive avec l’engagement de tous les acteurs du territoire : Comment y parvenir ? ” 

GSEF :« Atelier de Coaching sur le passage de l’économie informelle vers l’économie formelle et inclusive avec l’engagement de tous les acteurs du territoire : Comment y parvenir ? ” 

Le 05 mai 2023, au stand CGLU Afrique au GSEF, s’est tenu l’atelier  de Coaching sur le passage de l’économie informelle vers l’économie formelle et inclusive avec l’engagement de tous les acteurs du territoire.

La séance a été présidée par Mme. OBA SAUTHAT Lucile, Conseillère Spéciale, Aff. Politiques et des Relations avec le Parlement, Conseillère Départemental du Kouilou, Point Focal REFELA-Congo-Brazzaville. La modération a été assurée par M. DIOP Mamouth, Directeur du Centre Coaching Territorial, Sénégal. Le panel était composé de : Mme. AYI épse NKAMGNA Monique, Présidente Nationale de l’Economie Sociale et Solidaire, Maire de Dzeng, Cameroun, Mme. COMPAORE NADEMBEGA Rasmata, Ancienne Présidente du REFELA-Burkina Faso, Mme. DOUAYRI Khadija, Membre Elue, Présidente de la Commission Développement Economique, Social, Culturel et Environnemental, Conseil Régional de l’Oriental.

L’atelier se voulait être l’espace d’échange et de partage entre les femmes entrepreneures et les femmes élues locales sur l’insertion économique des femmes et l’importance de formaliser l’exercice de leurs activités afin de bénéficier du cadre juridique et institutionnel qui pourra protéger leurs droits et leur ouvrir les opportunités d’évolution et de stabilité.  L’objectif de l’atelier était aussi de promouvoir le programme du Coaching Territorial de CGLU Afrique en tant qu’outil d’accompagnement des femmes entrepreneurs et des femmes élues locales pour appuyer une l’autonomisation économique des femmes et des filles dans les territoires et vise l’ancrage d’une gouvernance locale participative et inclusive, ne laissant personne en marge.

Principales questions à aborder :

Quels sont les obstacles de l’entreprenariat féminin et quel est l’intérêt de passer du secteur informel vers le secteur formel ?

Comment les collectivités peuvent-elles soutenir les femmes dans leur processus de transition de l’informel vers le formel ?

De quels mécanismes dispose la ville pour faciliter l’insertion économique des femmes ?

Quelles sont les facilités administratives mises en place par le Conseil de l’Oriental pour faciliter l’entreprenariat féminin ?

Comment le Coaching Territorial et le Renforcement des capacités peuvent-ils être bénéfiques aux élues et aux femmes entrepreneures dans le processus de développement économique de leur localité ?

Interventions & Echanges 

Dans son intervention, M. Baba Ndiaye, Ambassadeur du Coaching Territorial pour l’Afrique, a souligné l’impact qu’a eu l’expérimentation du Coaching Territorial sur la filière économique du sel dans la région de Kaolack. Le Coaching Territorial a permis l’institutionnalisation de certaines filières, la création des emplois sécurisés, le renforcement du dialogue entre les différents acteurs locaux et a permis une meilleure visibilité et de nouvelles opportunités de partenariat.

En tant qu’élue, Mme. Rasmata Compaoré, Ancienne Présidente du REFELA au Burkina Faso et maire du 12e arrondissement de la capitale, Ouagadougou a évoqué la question de l’insertion économique des femmes. Au Burkina Faso, 70% des femmes travaillent dans l’économie informelle. Pour remédier à cela, les acteurs étatiques burkinabés ont réalisé le projet d’infrastructures en Haute Intensité de Main d’œuvre (HIMO). Ce projet représente un instrument privilégié de la création d’emplois et a permis à plus de 10 000 femmes d’accéder à une vie plus décente. Mme Compaoré a également mentionné le rôle du REFELA dans la mise en place d’actions d’accompagnement et de formation à la couture pour des femmes en situation de vulnérabilité dans toutes les régions du Burkina Faso.

En fin des interventions, et pour évoquer quelques exemples de dispositifs mis en place pour créer un environnement favorable à l’autonomisation économique des femmes, Mme Khadija Douayri, élue au Conseil de la Région de l’Oriental  à donner l’exemple des programmes d’appui et de financement spécifiques en fonction des types de structures en vue d’encourager l’entrepreneuriat, l’innovation et les coopératives surtout pendant la crise sanitaire et suite à la fermeture des frontières.

Conclusion et Recommandations

Les échanges avec l’audience suite aux présentations respectives des panélistes ont fait appel à :

– Investir dans la formation des femmes pour leur garantir un emploi décent, stable, sécurisé à travers des séminaires de formation, des ateliers de renforcement de capacité et des sessions de coaching territorial

– Adopter et encourager l’économie sociale et solidaire pour passer de l’économie libérale et traditionnelle vers l’économie formelle et durable.

Africités Kisumu : Journée climat d’Africités « Mobiliser les villes intermédiaires pour gagner la course vers la neutralité carbone et la course vers la résilience »

Contexte et objectifs – Journées d’Africités

Les Sommets Africités ont lieu tous les trois ans depuis 1998, date de la première réunion à Abidjan en Côte d’Ivoire. Cette 9ème édition se tient pour la première fois dans une ville intermédiaire, à Kisumu au Kenya, sur le thème du « Rôle des villes intermédiaires d’Afrique dans la mise en œuvre de l’Agenda 2030 des Nations Unies et de l’Agenda 2063 de l’Union africaine ».

Le choix d’une ville intermédiaire en Afrique constitue en elle-même un vrai défi organisationnel et logistique, qui a pu être relevé toutefois avec succès.

Durant cette édition, le Département Climat, Biodiversité et Systèmes alimentaires a eu pour mission d’organiser la deuxième édition des « Journées climat (Climate Day) » les 17 et 18 mai 2022, sur le thème : « Mobiliser les villes intermédiaires pour gagner la course vers la neutralité carbone et la course vers la résilience ».

Les travaux organisés dans ce cadre s’inscrivent dans un contexte marqué par l’urgence climatique soulignée à maintes reprises par le GIEC, qui appelle à une mise en œuvre immédiate de l’Accord de Paris. En effet, en dépit du fait que la COP26 ait permis d’enregistrer des avancées importantes dans la mise en œuvre de l’Agenda climatique international, notamment en finalisant le règlement de l’Accord de Paris, elle a mis cependant en évidence l’urgence d’agir selon une approche holistique et une collaboration multiniveaux renforcée.

Dans ce cadre, et en vue de renforcer la position de l’Afrique dans la mise en œuvre de l’Agenda Climat, les thèmes prioritaires ciblés dans les Journées climat ont été en phase avec les enjeux et les préoccupations exprimés par les collectivités locales, à la suite d’un long processus de concertation qui a visé les 5 sous-régions d’Afrique, afin de renforcer leur résilience et leur capacité d’adaptation face aux changements climatiques. Ces priorités clés sont en lien étroit avec l’Agenda 2063 de l’Union Africaine et la position du Groupe africain chargé des négociations Climat.

Ces journées climat avaient pour objectif principal d’offrir une opportunité d’élaborer une feuille de route claire vers la COP27 pour placer les enjeux des villes et les territoires africains au cœur de l’agenda climatique. Il s’agissait également de promouvoir les conditions d’une collaboration multiniveaux structurée soutenue par des politiques, des programmes et des actions pour les gouvernements locaux, afin de gagner la course vers la neutralité carbone « Race to Zero » et vers une résilience accrue « Race to Resilience ».

Les objectifs spécifiques étaient :

D’unifier et renforcer la voix des acteurs des réseaux des villes et territoires en vue :

– D’amplifier et de maximiser la puissance de plaidoyer pour une approche holistique et un cadre de mise en œuvre multiniveaux dans le processus d’opérationnalisation de l’Accord de Paris,

– De mettre en place une feuille de route conjointe pour inscrire les impératifs de la territorialisation des mesures d’adaptation/résilience et l’accès au financement au niveau infranational au cœur des priorités de la COP27,

De renforcer le cadre opérationnel d’intervention des collectivités locales à travers un cadre partenarial rénové à travers :

– La signature d’un protocole d’entente – Protocole d’Accord avec l’Alliance panafricaine pour la justice climatique (PACJA) – PACJA et la Caisse des Dépôts et des Consignations du Gabon – CDC Gabon ;
– L’opérationnalisation du Protocole d’Accord entre CGLU Afrique et Centre Mondial pour l’Adaptation – GCA ;
– La mise en place d’un partenariat pour la mise en œuvre de l’initiative “Renforcer la résilience climatique pour les pauvres des villes” (Building Climate Resilience for the Urban Poor) – BCRUP
– Le lancement de consultation et de partenariat d’entreprise pour le lancement du Groupe d’Experts Africains en Changement Climatique (REACC) ;
– De consolider la structuration et la mobilisation du cadre d’engagement des Maires : « Race To Zero » et « Race To Resilience » ;
– De consolider le déploiement de la Convention des Maires pour l’Afrique Subsaharienne – CoMSSA ;
– D’organiser la Table ronde des Maires Africains pour la sécurité de l’eau ;
– De lancer une phase de préfiguration de l’initiative sur les déchets, en partenariat avec le Programme des Nations Unies pour l’Environnement – PNUE.

-De renforcer les capacités des collectivités territoriales par le lancement d’une initiative “Readiness” pour la région de l’Afrique de l’Est et de l’Afrique Australe.

Déroulé des activités

Les travaux de cette journée, qui a mobilisé un grand nombre de personnalités et de participants, dont des maires et élus locaux représentant les 5 sous-régions de l’Afrique, ont constitué un jalon essentiel dans l’Agenda de l’action du Partenariat de Marrakech, dans la mesure où les axes prioritaires d’intervention ont été identifiés et partagés avec la présidence de la COP27, en particulier le champion M. Mahmoud Mohieldin, à savoir :

La Gouvernance multiniveaux ;
L’Adaptation / Résilience ;
L’Atténuation ;
Le renforcement des capacités ;
L’accès à la Finance Climat, y compris à travers la compensation Carbone.

Les activités climat lors du Sommet Africités à Kisumu :

Segment politique de haut niveau 

Ce segment a vu la participation de l’Envoyé Spécial du Président des Etats-Unis d’Amérique pour le Climat, M. John Kerry, de la Secrétaire Exécutive de la Convention Cadre sur les Changements Climatiques, Mme Patricia Espinosa, et du Président Directeur Général du Centre Mondial pour l’Adaptation (GCA), M. Patrick Verkooijen, qui ont livré des messages vidéo d’une grande portée stratégique.
(Vidéos du discours de M. John Kerry ici)
(Vidéos du discours de Mme. Patricia Espinosa ici)
(Vidéos du discours de M. Patrick Verkooijen ici )

Le débat a été structuré autour de 3 sessions :
– Dialogue structuré autour de la gouvernance multiniveaux ;
– Enjeux des Collectivités locales et leur lien avec la position du Groupe Africain de Négociateurs ;
– Plaidoyer pour un accès direct des Collectivités locales à la finance climat.

Ce segment a été marqué par une contribution du Champion de la COP27, qui a présenté la feuille de route de l’Agenda de Marrakech pour l’Action et la place des Collectivités locales dans sa mise en œuvre ; cette présentation a été suivie d’une conférence de presse (Voir la video de la Conférence de Presse ici).

Les participants à ce segment ont réaffirmé le rôle et la position centrale des Collectivités Territoriales dans l’accélération du processus d’atteinte des Objectifs de l’Accord de Paris dans la mesure où les acteurs infranationaux sont essentiels pour aider à combler le fossé entre les objectifs nationaux ambitieux et les actions concrètes requises sur le terrain. Par conséquent, l’action climatique ne peut plus être considérée comme une approche descendante et ascendante (NDC/LDC). Ainsi, la gouvernance multiniveaux constitue à cet égard la pierre angulaire pour réussir le pari de la neutralité carbone et la course vers la résilience.

Les échanges et le partage des expériences ont montré l’importance de saisir le contexte de l’extrême urgence climatique pour réactiver et renforcer un dialogue structuré pour une coopération verticale et horizontale et de travailler à plus d’intégration et d’inclusivité selon une approche holistique pour la mise en œuvre des projets climat. Dans ce cadre, et afin de renforcer l’échange et le partage des expériences et de rendre la voix des collectivités locales plus audible lors des différents processus de négociation pendant les COP, il a été recommandé d’organiser un forum de solutions dédié aux collectivités locales lors des prochaines COP.

L’ensemble des participants ont également pointé du doigt la nécessité de renforcer le chainon faible entre la planification et la mise en œuvre qui est le plus souvent l’accès direct des collectivités locales à la finance climat.

La question du renforcement des capacités a pris une part importante du débat dans la mesure où il a été recommandé de mettre en place un programme Readiness ciblant les collectivités locales des 5 sous-régions d’Afrique afin de mieux s’inscrire dans la dynamique de mise en œuvre de l’agenda climat.

Il a été mis en avant également le développement de solutions fondées sur la nature, ce qui permettra un alignement de l’agenda climat et la protection de la biodiversité.

Segment technique de haut niveau

Le segment technique avait pour objectifs de décliner les axes prioritaires en actions concrètes sur le terrain. Pour ce faire, des thématiques prioritaires ont été identifiées, à savoir :

– La Territorialisation des Contributions Déterminées au niveau National – CDN à travers le concept du Plan d’action pour l’ accès à l’énergie durable et le climat LDC (PAAEDC PMA) ( SEACAP LDC ).
– La coopération décentralisée sur le climat et l’accès à l’énergie à travers la Convention des Maires pour l’Afrique Subsaharienne (CoM SSA)
– La gestion durable des déchets,
– La qualité de l’air,
– La sécurité de l’eau dans le contexte de l’adaptation au Changement Climatique,
– La finance climat au profit des infrastructures résilientes dans les villes intermédiaires.

Le déroulé des différentes sessions a connu la participation des 4 acteurs clés de la mise en œuvre, en l’occurrence les Ministres, les élus locaux, les partenaires au développement, et les organisations non gouvernementales – ONG. A l’issue de ces travaux, d’importantes recommandations ont été émises et notamment :

– La formalisation de la prise en compte des enjeux SEACAP, ce qui devrait aboutir au renforcement de l’approche Bottom-Up et la gouvernance multi niveau ;
– La structuration de la coopération décentralisée autour des deux thématiques centrales que sont l’eau et les déchets selon une approche d’économie circulaire. A ce titre, il y a lieu de mobiliser les villes autour de « la Table ronde des maires pour la sécurité de l’eau » initiative lancée par l’OCDE et CGLU Afrique ;
– Levée des barrières à l’accès direct des Collectivités territoriales à la finance climat ;
– Renforcement de la coordination entre les différents acteurs des réseaux des villes tels que : ICLEI – C40 – Climate Chance – CGLU Afrique…
– Mobilisation des villes pour s’inscrire dans le programme relatif à la qualité de l’air piloté par C40 ;
Faire bénéficier les collectivités locales du marché carbone à l’instar de l’expérience du Gabon.

La journée climat a été couronnée par l’adoption de la déclaration de Kisumu sur le climat qui appelle à une prise en compte des impératifs de l’urgence climatique pour positionner les gouvernements locaux au cœur des priorités des objectifs de la COP27 et réaffirme la nécessité de renforcer le dialogue entre les différentes parties prenantes et notamment les partenaires de développement pour un accès direct à la finance climat des collectivités locales. (Voir la Déclaration Climat de Kisumu ici)

Voir les photos des sessions journée climat ici
Voir l’interview de M. Mahmoud Youssry Shaarawy, Ministre du Développement local Egyptien

Interview with the Mayor of Boumalne Dades, Mr. Mohamed Kacha

The valley of Dades: A great tourism potential and climate challenges

Interview with the Mayor of Boumalne Dades, Mr. Mohamed Kacha.

Interview by Mariem Berdouzi

The Dades Valley is a popular tourist destination. The Oued of Dades, which irrigates its desert valley and forms oases, is located between the Sarho jbel and the High Atlas Mountains.

Also called the valley of roses, it owes its green hues to the many market gardens.

Its waters cross the famous Dades Gorges, while its roads wind through the foothills of the High Atlas.

It is clear that a great tourist potential is there, and the persons in charge as well as the inhabitants are trying to maximize its value. To learn more, we interviewed Mr. Mohamed Kacha, the Mayor of the city of Boumalne Dades.

Can you introduce your town Boumalne Dades?

The territorial municipality of Boumalne Dades, is located in Morocco, particularly in the region of Draa-Tafilalt, in the Province of Tinghir. It was created in 1992 by splitting the rural commune of Boumalne Dades, which dates from the first communal division in 1960, into an urban commune “Boumalne Dades” and a rural commune “Ait youl”. It covers an area of 76km2 and is situated at an altitude of 1600m.

Administratively, it is part of the Pachalik of Boumalne, Province of Ouarzazate, until 2009, the date of the creation of the Province of Tinghir.

The population of the territorial commune of Boumalne Dades reached 12328 inhabitants in 2014. Since 1994, it has experienced a moderate demographic growth, and the population is characterized by the relative importance of the active class, the 15-59 years represent 60% of the population, while the over 60 years represent only 7.2%. This population is distributed in a balanced way between men and women with a female rate of 51%.

 

The Dades Valley has a considerable touristic potential, can you tell us more about it?

The valley of Dades, with its exceptional landscapes, encourages tourists to come visit. Indeed, it is none other than the famous road of a thousand kasbahs in Morocco. It is on 170 km of landscape and it presents itself with notably the marvelous picture offered by the cliffs of ochre colors, the red and burned grounds.

The local cultural and natural heritage is very rich and diversified but not much developed for the sector of tourism: captivating landscapes, varied folklore, historical monuments, irrigated agriculture on developed plots, pastoralism, earthen architecture, intangible heritage.

As a matter of fact, these tourism potentialities remain undeveloped and can be developed and exploited, but this important historical, cultural and architectural heritage can be an asset for the area if it is integrated into new development concepts, especially tourism, by creating the necessary infrastructure that is also adapted to the arid oasis context.


Images taken by : واحة دادس الكبرى

Can you describe the expected impacts?

The tourism potential as a factor of local development is on one hand a source of economic growth, and on the other hand a mean of reducing poverty. In fact, this potential allows the creation of employment, so that it allows people to leave the isolation, and thus to have access to a wage income. This plays a very important role in the economic development of this region.

 

What place does the Dades Valley occupy in the national and international tourist landscape? 

The Dades Valley is endowed with several touristic assets, namely the Dades gorges, the valley of roses but also its original landscapes and a remarkable earthen architecture. This natural beauty attracts and welcomes each year a significant number of national and international tourists. In addition, the majority of the tourists stop by to make a tour of the stores and buy local products, like products made with rose, as well as paintings of the valley, folkloric clothes and traditional dishes, which are very appreciated by tourists; moreover, they are a source of income for the valley.

 

How does this improve the employability of young people or create long-term employment?

Within the framework of the national strategy of the social and solidarity-based economy, Morocco has encouraged all economic initiatives seeking to create employment for young people; indeed, most young people have designed cooperatives and associations. They are responsible for the production of local products and their marketing. Thus jobs will be created.

 

How does the city plan to share its experience with the rest of Africa?

We have a lot to share on climate change and the different steps to ensure the sustainable development of the valley, as it has an arid climate and is characterized by the scarcity of resources. The local actors have decided to encourage the creation of small production units of local products instead of thinking of setting up large factories.

 

Do you have a specific message at the approach of the Africities 9 Summit in Kisumu, that will be held from May 17 to 21, 2022?

Morocco is a calm, peaceful and politically stable country. It is experiencing a significant development in terms of basic infrastructure that attracts investors. It is also a country of tradition, where modernity is combined with its past. The way of life and the social organization remain linked to the habits and customs. Thus, the change of scenery will always be available for tourists. Do not miss the opportunity to visit us and discover the beauty of Morocco! You’ll always be welcomed here, anywhere and anytime!

 

Partnership between UCLG Africa and 01Talent Africa: For the involvement of African local and regional authorities in speeding up the digital transformation process (PRESS RELEASE)






Rabat, Morocco, September 22nd, 2021

The socio-economic development of the continent will be local, or it will not be.
It will also be digital, or it will not be.

If this double conviction was still the prerogative of a few players 18 months ago, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the world that local governments and the digital transition are now a necessary condition for development, cohesion, and social peace.

To permanently anchor African local governments and the continent as a whole in the digital world and reduce the digital divide that has widened over the years, the pan-African organization of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) and 01Talent Africa signed on May 30, 2021 an innovative and ambitious strategic cooperation and partnership agreement, based on both the power of digital education and the extraordinary potential of the talents of African youth.

The UCLG Africa – 01Talent partnership aims to train more than 500,000 talents on the continent free of charge and according to the best global standards over the next 10 years. It provides a clear response to Africa’s most precious resource, an ever-growing, creative, and dynamic youth and offers a promise of social and economic integration through the creation of 01Talent Africa / UCLG Africa collective intelligence zones: the Zones01.

The continent’s first Zone01 will be inaugurated in Praia in Cabo Verde in early 2022 and will host 300 young talents from Cabo Verde and 26 other African partner countries. These talents will be selected solely on the basis of their potential and motivation without any form of discrimination at entry. They will follow an innovative curriculum based on a “peer to peer” and gamified pedagogy that relies on 01Edu, the learning platform developed by Nicolas Sadirac and his team. Training in digital programming and coding professions will take place over 24 months. At the end of this period, the selected talents will be employed and paid by Zone01 Cabo Verde, in partnership with the leading companies of the local and international networks of 01 Talent.
Within the next 18 months, the UCLG Africa / 01Talent Africa partnership aims to set up the first 5 regional collective intelligence zones on the continent: North Africa, West Africa, Southern Africa, East Africa, and Central Africa. The choice of their location will be made on a voluntary basis according to the “first come, first served” principle.

Statements

Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of United Cities and Local Government of Africa (UCLG Africa):

“Young people are Africa’s strength. They have to be its luck too. This has proven to be true in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is also true for the conversion of institutions and organizations to digital that the pandemic has helped popularize. This conversion gives young people new employment opportunity and the space to exercise their creativity. The partnership between UCLG Africa and 01 Talent offers a unique chance to African local authorities to contribute to the training of young people in the digital field and to speed up their entry into digital culture as well as that of companies operating in their territories.”


Deror Sultan, CEO and cofounder of 01 Talent:

“Youth is a priority for Africa, its most precious human capital. People aged under 25 will represent more than half of the African population in 2050. By committing ourselves to this partnership with UCLG Africa, we wish to give them hope and release their creative potential so that they contribute to innovative and digital transformation of the African continent.”





For more information on the initiative, please contact:

UCLG Africa
Christophe Lumsden
Head of Strategy & Partnerships
clumsden@uclga.org
+212 661 082 281

01Talent Africa
David Sultan
Global COO
david@zone-01.com
+ 33 6 19 66 48 92

Press contact:

UCLG Africa
Gaelle Yomi
gyomi@uclga.org
+212 06 10 56 71 45
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About UCLG Africa
United Cities and Local Governments of Africa is the umbrella organization and the united voice ensuring the representation of local authorities from across the African continent. It was born from the merger of the three pre-existing associations of local governments: the African Union of Local Authorities (AULA), the Union of African Cities (UVA) and the African chapter of the Portuguese-speaking organization of local authorities, União das Cidades Capitais Luso-Afro-Américo-Asiáticas (UCCLA). The founding congress of the organization was held in May 2005 in the city of Tshwane, South Africa. UCLG Africa brings together 51 national associations of local authorities from all regions of Africa, as well as 2,000 cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants. UCLG Africa represents more than 500 million African citizens. Its headquarters are based in Rabat, capital of the Kingdom of Morocco, where it enjoys diplomatic status as a Pan-African International Organization. It also has regional offices on the continent. UCLG Africa’s vision is to build African unity and drive Africa’s development from the bottom up. www.uclga.org

About 01Talent Africa
01Talent Africa is the pan-African talent agency of the 01Talent International group which aims to identify, develop and connect to the professional world 1 million high-level developers in the world by 2035 thanks to the combination of a proven educational model in more than 40 countries and a sustainable and exponential economic model.
01Talent Africa is based on 01Edu, the ultimate upgrade of the “peer to peer” pedagogical approach (without a teacher) and gamified and developed by Nicolas Sadirac and his team, which is a learning platform intended to respond to the lack of growing number of IT developers.
This educational model which develops the entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and collective intelligence has already been deployed by our co-founder Nicolas Sadirac and his Alumni in more than 40 countries around the world, thus training more than 100,000 Talents in the last 10 years. www.01-edu.org

REFELA: Ten years is worth celebrating !

From March 08 to March 11, 2021, the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA) will celebrate its 10th anniversary. Created in Tangier (Morocco) in 2011, REFELA has since come a long way.

On March 8, in addition to the celebration of International Women’s Day, REFELA, which is the Standing Committee of UCLG Africa for Gender Equality, will take the time to celebrate on the one hand this important women’s day but also to celebrate until March 11 its 10 years of presence within the African municipal movement.

Thus on Monday March 8, 2021, a webinar will be held at the level of UCLG Africa and at the level of each of the National Chapters of REFELA in their respective countries. In a second phase, from March 11, a second webinar will be held by REFELA with all REFELA-Country Chapters under the aegis of the President of REFELA, Ms. DAO Macoura COULIBALY.

The meetings of March 8 will be devoted to the theme chosen by the UN for the celebration of the International Women’s Day: ” Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.”

From March 09 to March 11, festivities will be held to celebrate the 10th anniversary of REFELA. This will be the opportunity to review the network’s support for the promotion of female leadership and gender equality in local authorities in Africa, but also to honor the various presidents who have taken turns at the head of the network: Ms. Milouda Hazib (Morocco), Ms. Fatimetou Mint Abdel Malick (Mauritania), Ms. Maria Elena Langa (Mozambique), Ms. Célestine Ketcha Courtès (Cameroon), and Ms. Macoura Dao (Côte d’Ivoire).

On March 09 and March 10, an online capacity building workshop will be held through the African Local Government Academy (ALGA) of UCLG Africa and in partnership with the International Centre for the Promotion of Human Rights at the Local and Regional Level (under the auspices of UNESCO). The theme chosen is: “Local Approaches to Guarantee Women’s Rights”.

The discussion panels on March 11 will be held on the themes of “REFELA, a Network, a Vision and an Agenda at the service of the promotion of female leadership and gender equality in local Africa” and “Role and commitments of REFELA for the promotion of gender equality in Africa”.

In ten years, REFELA has managed to set up 30 national chapters in order to achieve its vision of building a gender-balanced, inclusive and gender-sensitive local Africa. Indeed, Indeed, the Standing Committee on Gender Equality of UCLG Africa is mobilizing for the presence of more women in municipal councils, is committed so that cities and local governments in Africa fight against the vulnerability of children, and works to make gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls effective, in accordance with the vision of Agenda 2063 of the African Union and the Global Development Agendas.

Some key dates of REFELA

2011: Creation of REFELA and integration of the network as a Standing Committee on Gender of UCLG Africa video here:
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2015: Training on gender-sensitive budgeting, in collaboration with UN-Women
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2016: Integration of the President of REFELA as a member of the Presidency of UCLG Africa.

2018: Launch of the “ Campaign of African Cities without Children in Street Situations ”, under the Effective Presidency of Her Royal Highness Princess LALLA MERYEM of the Kingdom of Morocco, as part of a ceremony during the Africities 8 Summit, in Marrakech, (November 24, 2018).

2018: Signing of the Europe – Africa Pact for Local Equality, in Marrakech.

2019: Launch of the campaign: “African cities with zero tolerance for violence against women ”.

2019: Launch of the online consultation for the drafting of the Local Authorities Charter for Gender Equality in Africa.

2020: Launch of the campaign: “African cities conducive to the economic empowerment of women”.

2020: The REFELA honored with the IDEALKENT Award for the Woman-Friendly City, at UNESCO

2020: Development of the analytical report of the results of the online consultation for the drafting of the Local Authorities Charter for Gender Equality in Africa.

JOINT PRESS STATEMENT OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF AFRICITIES ON THE PLANNING PROCESS OF THE 9TH EDITION OF AFRICITIES KISUMU 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the world in a profound way with countries racing to find ways of stemming its spread through various strategies such as controlling travels, avoiding large gatherings and most recently by the introduction of medical intervention such as vaccination.

In the process of stemming the spread of the virus, almost all the nations of the world focused their attention and resources towards implementing such control strategies.

Africities planning process was not spared either.

In racing to cover the lost time, the Africities stakeholders; the Government of Kenya, United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), Council of Governors of Kenya and the County Government of Kisumu have made very good progress towards the successful realization of this premier Pan African and international event.

The leadership of the four partners are also quite impressed with the gains made around the world in managing the effects of the virus and its spread and are convinced of an impressive attendance to the Conference.

Despite the good progress experienced in the opening of economies and Summit planning process, a lot still needs to be done.

In view of the foregoing, the Executive Committee of Africities convened virtually on the 17th of February 2021, having considered the outstanding preparatory work and cognizant that some parts of the world are still under various levels of restrictions, has mutually taken the decision to move the date of the Summit from to 26th – 30th April 2022 in Kisumu City.

The Executive Committee has also deliberated on the proposed conference theme and pronounces itself that the Summit theme shall be “The Role of Intermediary Cities of Africa in the Implementation of Agenda 2030 of the United Nations and African Union Agenda 2063”.
The two agenda focus on the urgent need to develop resilient and sustainable urbanization in Africa that are cognizant of livable urban space where over 50% of the African population will be found by 2050. Intermediary cities like Kisumu are likely to be the fastest growth points for this urbanization. Hence the need to focus on INTERMEDIARY cities at the Summit.

As part of the planning process to the new date, the Executive Committee working with various Africities Institutional Structures, will hold the official launch of the Africities website and the Early Bird Registration in Kisumu in the first week of April of 2021.

Welcome to the 9th Edition of Africities Kisumu April 2022.

Given under our seal on this 17th day of February 2021

Hon. Eugene Wamalwa, EGH
Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Devolution and Arid and Semi-Arid Lands
Republic of Kenya

H.E. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi
Secretary General, United Cities and Local Governments of Africa
(UCLG Africa)

H.E Martin Wambora
Chairman, Council of Governors
Republic of Kenya

H.E. Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, EGH
Governor, County Government of Kisumu.
Republic of Kenya

UCLG Africa Celebrates World Day for African and Afro-descendant Culture

Since 2019, UNESCO has proclaimed January 24 of each year as the World Day for African and Afro-descendant Culture. For the 2021 edition, UCLG Africa and the African Network of Cultural Promoters and Entrepreneurs (RAPEC) have celebrated the event by organizing a panel discussion on the theme of the day: “Celebrating African culture for a reconciled humanity”.

The panel was made up of : Mr. Mohamed Sadiki, Mayor of Rabat ; Mr. Mouhamadou Youssifou, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to Morocco, Mr. Abdelilah Afifi, Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture (Morocco), Mr. Driss El Yazami, President of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME), Princess Stella Aicha, spokesperson for the “Messengers of Messages” musical group, Mr. Monceyf Fadili, author of the book (Rabat, un printemps confiné) (“Springtime in a quarantined Rabat city), Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa, and Mr. John Ayité Dossavi, President and founder of the RAPEC NGO. The discussions were moderated by Ms. Farida Moha, journalist.

The meeting which was held at the headquarters of UCLG Africa and via the Zoom platform was attended by a hundred persons representing members of the diplomatic corps, local authorities, international organizations, cultural actors, and civil society associations.

The message from Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO, was read before the start of the discussions. The Director General underlined the importance of the World Day for African and Afro-descendant Culture. “As we begin 2021, which African Heads of State have declared the Year of the Arts, Culture and Heritage, this World Day is therefore an opportunity to promote these African and Afro-descendant cultures in order to enable them to play their full part in development and peace. The Promotion of African and Afro-descendant cultures is all the more important as the global crisis has exacerbated all the tensions in our societies. The fact is that these cultures offer pride, answers and something to heal even the deepest wounds. Yet these cultures offer pride, answers, and what to heal the most intimate wounds”, she declared. (Read the full post here ).

The panelists addressed the theme : ” Celebrating African culture for a reconciled Humanity “, around three pillars : 1) The emergence of memorial issues with a demand for a new ownership of African history, 2) The importance of culture in the context of the search for the dignity of Africa, 3) The need to train young Africans in cultural and digital professions.

For Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, it is important to make the voice of Africa heard through its culture because “ culture is what makes us who we are ”. “ We are what we are because we are rooted in a culture. Losing one’s culture is losing oneself. Many leaders have lost sight of this. We are here to reiterate this simple truth : If you don’t know where you came from, you would never know where you are going. Amadou Hampaté Bâ is absolutely right when he says that our roots are what project us best into the future. The fact that most of our countries have given so little importance to cultural public policies is simply unconscionable. As of today, Africa is unable to have a radio channel which broadcasts African culture. This situation needs to be addressed by the African Union: it is extremely important that culture be rooted in this continent”, he said. “This is why UCLG Africa has taken the initiative to ensure that the debate on culture be also a local debate, a debate on local authorities. When we met at Africities 2018 in Marrakech, it was decided to celebrate the African Capitals of Culture and the city of Rabat was selected as the first African Capital of Culture. We believe that it is extremely necessary for our children and our young people to rediscover the African culture ”, pleaded Mr. Mbassi.

Faced with the observation that African authorities do not give enough importance to the cultural aspect, His Excellency Mouhamadou Youssifou, Ambassador of Cameroon to Morocco and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to Morocco, recommended that ” Africa should invest in all areas of culture, so that the continent takes its place in the global cultural arena. It should be noted the importance of the exchange of intangible goods in the collective consciousness. It should be known that Africa has also contributed to the development of human civilization”.

Mr. Abdelilah Afifi, Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture (Morocco) shared Morocco’s actions to make culture more visible. “We are aware of the impact of the cultural component on socio-economic development. Actions have been taken to make culture more visible. The strengthening of cultural facilities with the construction of the Great Theater of Rabat, the Great Theater of Casablanca, and museums. We have also invested in training people for cultural professions. We have completed the construction of the Higher Institute of Music and Choreographic Arts (Rabat). By boosting culture, we also boost the economy. Cultural tourism can strongly contribute to the country’s GDP ”.

Mr. Monceyf Fadili underlined the importance of Afro-descendant culture marked by participation in festivals organized on the continent. About fifty festivals are organized in Africa. But South Africa and Morocco do stand out. Half of the festivals are organized by these two countries which are also the top tourist countries in Africa.

For Mr. Driss El Yazami, one cannot talk about African culture without talking about the diaspora. “Aimé Césaire played a central role in this area. It is through the diaspora, through our encounter with other people that we recover our sovereignty. There is no development without culture. Culture is at the center of development. It is culture that gives meaning to development. Our children who were born in European metropolises are in demand of African cultures in order to build their own identity”.

The mayor of Rabat, Mr. Mohamed Sadiki also spoke about the importance of culture in his city. “ Culture is a cross-cutting element. We are in charge of cities and towns. Rabat has experienced a very large program initiated by His Majesty King Mohammed VI since 2014. It is the “Rabat city of lights and capital of Moroccan culture” program. This is a responsibility for our city, which has endowed itself with a significant number of cultural infrastructures. Every nation must identify with its culture. At the level of local authorities, during the various Africities summits, there is always a cultural touch. We look forward to the end of this COVID pandemic to celebrate Rabat as African Capital of Culture ”.

Mr. John Ayité Dossavi insisted on the fact that the World Day for African and Afro-descendant Culture is an initiative that was carried by African civil society. “The World Day becomes a bridge between our peoples. The idea that I wore in 2011, has been sealed at the 6th edition of the Africities Summit in Dakar 2012. In November 2019, the 40th session of the UNESCO General Conference proclaimed the World Day for African and Afro-descendant Culture. This celebration is the result of the efforts led by the RAPEC network with the support of UCLG Africa. The World Day for African and Afro-descendant Culture is not just a folk day, but a day of reflection. We are in a process aiming at making the voice of Africa heard around the world”.

As far as youth is concerned, Mr. Mbassi recalled that the history of Africa “ does not begin with colonization. The narration of our history is a narration that does not rise up to Africa ”.

For Princess Stella, the feeling of belonging also means valuing mother tongues. “ We tend to lose our mother tongues. Children are at a loss right from the beginning. The mother tongue makes it possible to keep the tangible and intangible heritage. Art and culture are means that should be utilized to get there. “

In conclusion, Mr. Driss El Yazami, proposed to set up a large program of translation of the African culture that requires the involvement of local governments.

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In addition, the meeting also served as a platform for the presentation of the book “ Rabat, un printemps confiné” by Monceyf Fadili (More details here) and of the KEKELI Prize, a prized backed to the celebration of the World Day for African and Afro-descendant Culture, aimed at supporting people who work for the promotion of African culture and living together of peoples.

Discover the 2020 winners here