Official Launch of the Training Program “The Executive Master in African Cities Management (MEMVA) ” at Al Akhawayn University of Ifrane

On Thursday April 21st, 2022, UCLG Africa proceeded, through its African Local Governments Academy (ALGA), to the official launch of the training of the first promotion of the Executive Master in African Cities Management (MEMVA), on the Zoom platform of the Organization.

This accredited Training Program is carried out within the framework of a Partnership with Al Akhawayn University of Ifrane, the General Directorate of Territorial Communities (DGCT) of the Ministry of the Interior, the Region of Rabat-Salé-Kénitra, the Region of Fès-Meknès and the Region of Souss-Massa in Morocco, as well as the Representatives of the African Territorial Communities beneficiaries of the Scholarships of the African Fund for International Decentralized Cooperation (FACDI).

This training program, which is in line with UCLG Africa’s support strategy for its members and its service offer in terms of training and capacity building, targets four (4) territorial professions considered as the “support professions” of local governments, namely: General Secretaries/Directors of Services; Financial Directors; Technical Directors; Human Resources Directors

This first promotion is composed of twenty-one (21) students, from French-speaking countries of the African continent, namely:

The 16 scholarship students of the FACDI:

  • The Regional Council of Hauts-Bassins in Burkina Faso (02);
  • The Regional Council of Nouakchott in Mauritania (02);
  • The Regional Councils of Grands Ponts and San Pedro in Côte d’Ivoire (06);
  • The Regional Council of Timbuktu in Mali (01).

This group of Scholars was joined by 5 students:

– The Municipality of Ifrane in Morocco (02);

– The City of Niamey in Niger (01);

– The City of Dakar in Senegal (02).

The official opening ceremony was marked by several speeches including that of Mr. Khalid Safir, Wali, Director General of the DGCT represented by Mr. Abdelouahab JABRI, Governor in charge of Cooperation and Documentation, the Representatives of the Councils of the Regions of Morocco and the Representatives of the Local Governments beneficiaries of the FACDI.

In his opening remarks, the Secretary General of UCLG Africa, Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi took the opportunity to express the deep gratitude of UCLG Africa to all the Partners who supported this initiative including the FACDI of the DGCT of the Ministry of Interior, Al Akhawayn University and all the Partners involved in this initiative. He recalled the context of this program and invited the professors and trainers to emphasize the practical dimension of all the issues that will be addressed, and asked the group of students to get involved in the search for excellence, to show assiduity and discipline to take full advantage of this training program.

Governor Jabri expressed in his speech that this initiative is also part of the promotion of South-South and Triangular Cooperation in Africa, especially in the areas of training, capacity building, exchange of best practices and knowledge.

All the political Leaders of the Territorial Communities involved in this Program expressed their deep gratitude for the multiple opportunities offered by the support of the FACDI which not only contributes to the strengthening of the links of cooperation, partnership and solidarity between the African Territorial Communities, but especially targets the fields answering the expectations of these entities, in particular the investment in the Human Capital.

The ceremony was also marked by the intervention of Dr. John-Mary Kauzya, former United Nations official and Senior Expert in Governance and Public Administration, who gave useful advice to the different actors by emphasizing their participation in the development of the Continent through a transformational leadership.

Then, a round table discussion was held to present the first promotion that will benefit from the MEMVA.

Following the official laughing ceremony, an inaugural conference was animated by Mr. Jean Pierre MBASSI, Secretary General of UCLG Africa, on the stakes and the context of Decentralization in Africa.

As a reminder, the MEMVA will be deployed 80% online (online seminars, peer learning, case studies, readings and projects) thanks to the latest digital infrastructure available at Al Akhawayn University of Ifrane, and 20% face-to-face, including the final defense and a study trip to Morocco to discover the Moroccan experience in decentralization and advanced regionalization.

To follow the entire proceedings of the MEMVA Launching Ceremony and the Inaugural Conference, here are some links: