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EXTENSION-African Cities Development Fund : Call for Expressions of Interest

Context and justification of the Call for Expression of Interest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  1. Presentation of the call for expression of interest

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

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

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

  1. Eligibility

Shall be eligible as founding members of ACDF:

–           The capital cities of African countries;

–           Rank 2 African cities

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

  1. Constitutive supporting documents of the application for the status of an ACDF Founding MEMBER

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

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

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

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

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

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

  1. Address for the forwarding of constitutive documents  

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

The Secretary General of UCLG Africa

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

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

Fax: +212 5 37 26 00 60

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

Available in PDF 

UCLG Africa presents the African Cities Development Fund (ACDF) at the Workshop on Integrated Urban Development of the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities

Sustainable and inclusive urban development is the vision that guides the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities (GSPC).  As part of the implementation of this vision, GSPC organized, in partnership with the World Bank and the African Development Bank, a workshop on Integrated Urban Development, from May14-16, 2018, in Dakar, Senegal.

Approximately one hundred people took part in the workshop, including representatives from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank, the African Development Bank (Afdb), and 10 African countries.

The Global Platform for Sustainable Cities brings together all participating cities and a wide range of entities that are working on issues for urban sustainability to create a shared platform for global knowledge and an evidence-based, integrated approach to realize its outcomes.

Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the platform currently comprises of 28 cities in 11 countries, including a dozen African cities, (Accra, Johannesburg, Abidjan, Dakar, Djamnagio, Saint-Louis, Douala, Nairobi, Yaoundé and Dodoma). The purpose of the Dakar workshop was to promote integrated approaches to urban development, capacity-building and an exchange of experiences.

Issues addressed included urban data, the implementation of integrated planning, urban mobility in Africa, the “Transport oriented Development” (TOD) approach , financial municipal viability and public-private partnership.

In the financial dimension section, a presentation of the African Cities Development Fund (ACDF) was made by the Director of Programs for UCLG Africa, Dr. François Yatta.  The African Cities Development Fund is designed as a cooperative fund of the major African cities, (about 20 cities at first), that will undertake to disburse a seed capital of 100,000 Euros.

This seed capital should be used to raise additional resources from the financial institutions or the financial markets. The fund is intended to finance the investments and services needed to cope with the rapid growth of the continent’s cities making the current operation of most African cities globally ineffective. Access requirements should also help to improve the financial performance and governance of local and regional governments and promote more cost-effective and efficient investment choices economically and socially. The call for expressions of interest for the ACDF  was shared with cities present at the workshop.

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In addition, the meeting allowed participants to learn from the application of the  “Urban Sustainable Framework”  or Urban sustainability Framework approach. This approach is structured in two parts

The first is to understand and achieve urban sustainability through a four-step approach that includes:

– The diagnosis of the current situation of the city.

– The definition of a vision for change and priority setting;

– A financing approach in the plan that demonstrates fiscal viability;

– Monitoring and evaluation.

The second part concerns the GPSC’s measurement framework, which builds a common understanding of sustainability in the urban context through two dimensions.

The Enabling Dimension:

– Governance and integrated urban planning

– Fiscal viability

The dimensions of the results:

– Urban economies.

– Environment and natural resources;

– Climate action and resilience;

– Inclusiveness and quality of life.

The exchanges helped to explore good practices and positive results achieved in the cities.