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Call for Applications: Program officer for the Southern Africa Regional Office (SARO)

To achieve its goals, United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa)  recruits its Program officer for the Southern Africa Regional Office (SARO).

Applicants must submit their application no later than July 31, 2018 at 17 hours, by e-mail to the following address :recruitment@uclga.org .

The application file must include :

1. A motivation letter stating the reasons for application and expected salary package;

2. Detailed Curriculum Vitae;

3. Certified copies of the diplomas;

4. Work certificates and professional references;

5. An ID photo;

The terms of reference are available here.

Motion of Support of REFELA to All the Women in Thier Fight Against Violence to Women in Cities and Local Governments of Africa

 

* We, Women Mayors and Locally Elected of Cities and Local Governments of Africa, representing the REFELA Network, gathered in Rabat, on the occasion of the official launch of the 8th edition of the Africities Summit, scheduled for Marrakech, November 20-24 2018;

* Confronted in our functions as Elected to different forms of violence in our cities and territories;

* We call on Cities and Communes to engage and mobilize to and with REFELA to fight and eradicate all cases of violence against women and girls and make it a local priority./.

 

Done in Rabat, 16 May 2018

The President of REFELA

Célestine Ketcha Courtès, on behalf of all the Women Mayors and Locally Elected of Africa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Motion of Encouragement and Support of REFELA to Morocco’s Candidature for Organization of the Football World CUP 2026

* We, Women Mayors and Locally Elected of Cities and Local Governments of Africa, representing the REFELA Network, gathered in Rabat, on the occasion of the official launching of the 8th edition of the Africities Summit, planned in Marrakech, 20-24 November 2018;

* Reaffirming our gratitude and high consideration to HIS MAJESTY THE KING MOHAMMED VI – May Allah Assist Him – for the unswerving support that His Sovereignty brings to our Network since its creation in Tangier in 2011 as well as to the cause of women in Africa;

* Starting from the solidarity that unites all the African Countries, and convinced that the success of the Kingdom of Morocco will be the success of our African Continent;

* We, Women Mayors and Locally Elected of the Cities and Local Governments of Africa take this opportunity from Rabat where we are gathered to express, through this Motion, our full support and all our encouragement to the candidature of the Kingdom of Morocco for the organization of the Football World Cup in 2026./.

 

 

Done in Rabat, 16 May 2018

The President of REFELA

Ms Célestine Ketcha Courtès, on behalf of all the Women Mayors and Locally Elected women of Africa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Africities 8-Concept Note: “Transition to Sustainable Cities and Territories: The Role of African Local Governments”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.Africities 8 will have as general theme: “The transition to sustainable cities and territories: the role of African local governments”.

2.This note defines the general framework of Africities 8. It gives a general guidance and organizes the coherence between all the activities of the Summit. This note must make it possible to prepare the sessions based on the work assumptions and to make them converge towards the progression of the questions and prospects of the general theme, that is to say the theme of the transition towards sustainable cities and territories. The note must also prepare the proposals and recommendations of the Summit to the elected officials of the African local governments and to the African, national and pan-African institutions.

3.The Africities Summits are the space for developing proposals and training opportunities for African local elected officials. This space is open to all those who wish, in alliance with local African communities, to build alternative policies. Since 1998, the Africities Summits have enabled participants to understand and act on the issues of globalization and urbanization that weigh on the evolution of Africa and Africans, at the level of local communities, central governments, and African institutions. The attached table lists the themes of the seven previous Africities.

4. Africities 8 will question the future of African cities, territories and local governments. The goal will be to take as a starting point the situation of Africa in globalization and urbanization; to highlight the dimensions of the transition from current mutations; and to emphasize the role and strategy of African Local Governments in the transition.

Situation

5.Among the many issues that will mark the future of Africa, two trends are to be highlighted: globalization and urbanization. The future of African cities is part of the evolution of the continent and will contribute to the future of the continent. Urbanization is a heavy trend. We are currently experiencing a new urban revolution, linked to the evolution of globalization. Being the mainstays of globalization, cities are also transformed. The evolution of globalization is upsetting the geopolitical system and calling into question the nature of States. Globalization modifies the relations between the local dimension, the national dimension, the large regions and the world; between the rural and the urban dimensions; and between the particular and the universal dimensions.

6.Urbanization is not just about changing cities; urbanization marks all territories, urban but also rural. It includes the relationship between urban and rural and a certain subordination of the rural world to the urban world; but it also marks the structuring and evolution of the rural world. The future of Africa will be strongly determined by the countryside and agriculture; local communities will play a big role. Taking cities as a starting point should not lead to neglecting the rural world in the evolution of territories and of the future of Africa.

7.Africa had 100 million inhabitants in the 19th century, 275 million in 1960, 640 million in 1990, and 1.2 billion inhabitants in 2015. It should have 2 to 3 billion inhabitants in 2050. The continent accounted for 16% of the global population in 2016; it could represent 39% in 2100. The urban population grows by 3.4% per year. In 2009, the urban population, representing 40% of the total population, had 400 million inhabitants. By 2040, it should reach with 1 billion inhabitants, 60% of the total population.

8.The urban framework of Africa has rapidly evolved. In 1960, Africa had two cities of more than one million inhabitants, Cairo and Johannesburg. In 2015, there are 79 African cities with more than one million inhabitants and 21 cities with more than two million inhabitants. Five cities exceed 8 million inhabitants, one per sub-region: Lagos, Cairo, Johannesburg-Gauteng, Kinshasa and Nairobi. Urbanization is not just about big cities; 70% of the urban population lives in secondary cities. Urbanization is mostly coastal, with 20% of urban dwellers living in non-coastal countries.

9.The urban framework is characterized by metropolization. The trend towards precariousness worsens urban exclusion and segregation. It is estimated that 90% of Africans live in substandard housing. In African cities, 60% of urban dwellers live in slums. In the next twenty years, 300 million new urban dwellers will have to be accommodated in Africa. The majority of urban dwellers are excluded from legal access to land and housing. They live in a precarious land situation, in under-equipped neighborhoods, most often referred to as “irregular” neighborhoods. Access to land is another way of talking about access to the city. It will be necessary to build, in the next twenty or thirty years, mainly in the poor countries, as much infrastructure as has been built so far in the world.

10.The urban revolution is part of the evolution of the planet’s population. The issue of migration is the central strategic issue for years to come. It combines economic migration, political migration and refugees, environmental migration. There are more and more refugees and internally displaced persons in their own country, or region, as a result of natural disasters, armed conflict, social unrest and economic and political crises. Two important questions need to be addressed. What is the relationship between migration, development and the distribution of wealth between countries? How to respect and guarantee the fundamental rights of migrants, of migrant workers, and of their families?

11.The international debate on cities has evolved. At Habitat 1, in 1976, discussions focused on the relationship between industrialization and urbanization and between being a wage-earner and housing. Two new issues had emerged: the environment and participation. At Habitat 2, in 1996, the right to housing and access to public services was highlighted. The movements defended the security of tenure and the production of low-income housing. Two new international actors emerged: local governments on the one hand, and business players around multinational companies. The New Agenda for Cities adopted at Habitat 3, in 2016 in Quito, is a non-binding agenda that is part of an overhaul of the UN’s priorities around the Paris Agreement (COP21) and the Sustainable Development Goals adopted in September 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly. The debate remains open between two conceptions of urban social transformation: to summarize it, between a competitive city and a city of solidarity. Open contradictions remain strong. The United Nations are not only the bearers of the logic of the central governments. They are also the bearers of international law and of an action by international institutions in the service of the general interest and of the common good. African institutions have not yet fully become involved in the management of the issues of housing and of cities.

Transition

 12.The transition hypothesis makes explicit the idea of ​​a profound change, of a structural evolution. We are in a period of total change in all areas of the evolution of cities, societies and territories. A total change that is defined in civilizational terms and one which disrupts all the dimensions of this evolution. One can hypothesize an urban revolution as one of the aspects of a territorial revolution and a much broader societal revolution.

13.The choice of transition also explains the forms of evolution. It introduces a relationship between the total change to come, that is already under way, and the continuity of the evolution of the world and of the planet. What must be linked is the relation between total change and continuity, between continuities and discontinuities. What is valid for companies is also valid for cities. Thus, new social relationships are slowly emerging from the old relations. In the transition, a new rationality is needed and all the old forms, social and urban, adapt themselves to the new dominant rationality, specifically according to the contexts and situations.

14. The urban situation, in the world and in Africa, is the projection on the ground of the great contradictions of the world-system. The Africities Summit will examine the consequences for Africa and for African cities of the contradictions of the world system and of globalization. The Africities Summit will then focus on the situations of local African communities and the role they can play. In order to identify the changes that define the dimensions of transition, we will consider: the ecological transition; economic and social transition; the ecological transition; the geopolitical transition; the political and democratic transition; and the cultural, scientific and ideological transition. For each of these transitions, we shall define what characterizes it, the African context and its specificities, and the role of African local governments.

15. The ecological transition has become a major factor. The ecological contradictions reflect the realization that, for the first time in the history of mankind, the organization of the world has come into conflict with the global ecosystem. This awareness began from major disasters and became obvious. It challenges all certainties about development, growth and productivism. It travels from several approaches: the climate emergency, biodiversity, and extractivism. If we do not confine ourselves to the climate-deniers’ positions that deny the urgency of a radical change in the relationship between the human species and the planet, the debate is open around two options: extending the productivist model from green industries and of the production of environment-friendly technologies or move to totally different models and forms of growth. This debate and the positions that will emerge will have considerable consequences for urban policies and African policies.

16. For the African continent and for the African economies, the uncertainty is a major one. The economy is largely dependent on the production of raw materials and extractive industries. One knows the dangers of the rentier economies but we also know how difficult it is to get out such windfall economies and diversify the economic sectors. Africa is also the continent that has the environmental reserves that are vital for the planet. Will the global economy of the future be able to value them and not return to methods that plunder natural resources?

17. For local African policies and urban policies, ecological transition is of major importance. Beyond urban pollution, the mobility that has characterized urban policies is questioned and the debate on localization and on territories is seeking a form to be adopted. The local economy is becoming central and needs to be redefined. The local dimension of environmental policies is crucial; local public services cover the territories in terms of water, energy, sanitation, and transportation. Public services  build the national, regional and global economy of the future.

18. Economic and social transition is a primary dimension. Let us consider three characteristics of the current situation. First, the dominant rationality is that of financialization, of regulation by the financial markets. Then, the rise of a new productive sector, built on the digital economy and biotechnology, will disrupt the forms of production. Finally, the financial and debt crisis of 2008 raises the question of the possible exhaustion of the neoliberal phase. The debt crisis is reflected in cities and also in housing as we have seen with the “subprime” crisis and in the management of local governments.

19. The productive base of cities is changing. Companies are being reorganized by subsidiarization and subcontracting. National companies are being privatized, especially in public services. Local businesses do constitute the economic fabric even though new forms are growing, such as start-ups and “uberization”. Trade and crafts are marked by continuity between small businesses and the informal sector. From the social point of view, the decisive element is that of the explosion of social inequalities in every society and in the world. The question of social inequalities overdetermines the issues of poverty, precariousness and discrimination.  This question of social inequalities underlies urban, social and ethnic segregation.

20. For Africa, in a few years people went from strong afro-pessimism to sometimes exaggerated optimism. The reality is more contradictory. The decline in commodity prices has put several economies in difficulty and recalled that African economies were often rentier-based and little diversified. African youth, considered one of Africa’s great opportunities, find few jobs and feed migration flows. Modern agriculture is mainly oriented on agricultural exports, and traditional agriculture has not yet integrated the possibilities of modern agriculture based on food sovereignty. African entrepreneurs have been dynamic and several large African companies have proven themselves. But the continuity of the African economic fabric is not assured with on the one hand the control of large sectors by multinational companies, and on the other hand, the weight of the corruption which slows down the non-rentier-based sectors. Public regulation, at the national and African levels, is the determining issue at all levels – economic, monetary and social.

21. African local governments will be the key actors in the economic and social transition. The local economy can play a decisive role in creating and consolidating the continuity of the economic fabric, on the condition of providing training and support to local economic actors from the financial, banking and institutional standpoints.  Local governments will be the key players in social transition through access to local services (water, sanitation, energy, health, education, and culture), on the condition that support is provided by national social policies and their financing. The alliance between African local authorities and major African companies is one of the avenues that should be explored urgently.

22. The geopolitical transition accompanies the emergence of a multipolar world. It’s not just a re-composition of the blocks. In the long run, the second phase of decolonization has some surprises in store. The first phase of decolonization led to the independence of States and the disruption of geopolitical structures. The second phase is based on an open question, that of the liberation of peoples, with its consequences on national issues, the relations between States and nations that challenge the very definition of the international scene. The question of identities and in particular that of multiple identities is posed. The role of the major regions and subregions will evolve. The relations of domination and the relations between the powers will take new forms, modifying the relations between the economic, the cultural, the environmental and the military worlds.

23. Another major element is the issue of conflicts and wars. Between 1 and 2 billion people in the world live in areas that are in a situation of classical war or civil war. Urban wars have taken new forms and completely change the course of urban thinking. A city is not planned in the same way depending on whether the region is at war or at peace. Part of the debate focuses on the issue of insecurity. Insecurity is increasing in cities; social insecurity, employment and housing; ecological insecurity; civic insecurity related to conflicts and relationships to violence. It becomes an essential factor in urban management, which too often results in a security-based ideology, the idea that insecurity can only be fought through repression.

24. Africa will have an increasingly important place in the multipolar world. The continent has several strengths and could experience a similar evolution to that of Asia today. A defining part of the world’s youth is in Africa. African raw materials reserves and environmental reserves are vital. African economic and cultural dynamism is of great vitality. People of African descent are active around the world. One of the conditions for African success will depend on African governance capacities at the  level of the continental level, of the sub-regions, of African countries and also of  local African communities.

25. African local governments will play a decisive role. The emergence of a multipolar world is already present in the world and within the African urban framework. Metropolisation is a major trend that is restructuring the territories. Each continent is pulled by its big cities. For Africa the three cities that could pull the continent are Cairo, Johannesburg, and Lagos; until now they have evolved separately. The second level of the African urban framework is made up of about thirty cities of more than one million inhabitants whose often real economic attraction is often constrained by their political function split between the 54 states that make up the continent. African local governments can also play a major role in preventing and resolving the conflicts that are playing out in their territories.

26. The democratic and political transition is fundamental. The democratic transition is not the only dimension of the political transition, but it is the most pregnant and the most difficult one. Political contradictions undermine the institutions and make the forms of regulation very difficult. Institutions take the form of a formal legal framework that would be imposed without regard to situations or cultures. The claims put forward by citizens represent an urgent demand for a political system which guarantees, in specific situations, the guarantee of individual and collective freedoms and the respect for fundamental rights. These claims from citizens leave open the choice of forms of representation that are respectful of the diversity of societies and of the forms of direct democracy and control that could limit their abuse. In the current situation, these claims from citizens result in a multiform condemnation of corruption which is the result of the fusion of the political and the financial worlds which feeds mistrust in relation to politicians and abolishes their autonomy.

27. At the level of Africa, the question posed is that of institutions born of decolonization. The first phase of decolonization is over: it has led to the independence of the States. This phase was necessary. From the end of the 1970s, this phase was marked by structural adjustment programs and the debt crisis, with the international order taking over the situation. The construction of the economic base of independence has come into conflict with the rationality of financialization at the international level. The goal is to link the question of the renewal of the elites to that of the question of the renewal of the institutions.

28. At the level of African local authorities, the stakes are high. Local democracy through local institutions is only part of the answers. This is a very important part and one which can quickly be implemented. However, local elected officials are not immune to the mistrust that is widespread, in relation to politics, and takes the form of the rejection of corruption. The hope of seeing local elected officials renew African political elites has not yet been realized. New practices and alternative policies would overcome these situations. The example of the participatory budget, adopted by many African municipalities, shows an interest in this approach.

 29. The cultural, scientific and ideological transition is an essential dimension of the total change. It is a radical change that corresponds to the emergence of new forms of civilization. The idea of ​​the ideological transition is often misunderstood. It can be made explicit by the philosophical transition. It is an interpretation of the world, of the evolution of a system of philosophical, social, moral and religious ideas and thoughts that influences, through its representations, individual and collective behaviors.

30.Cities will be upset by scientific and technological developments. Today there is a “technological package” that will mark the cities of the future. Examples include robotics, communications satellites, lasers and optical fibers, microprocessors and memories, biotechnologies, new materials and high-resistance ceramics, renewable energies, and so on. Technological revolutions are not inferred from innovations; there is no scientific and technical revolution without a cultural revolution.

31.From the cultural and ideological point of view, today, two positions are opposed. One is driven by a conception of fundamental rights that has been formalized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). This conception is a foundation of international law. It is evolving and renewing itself with the inclusion of environmental rights and also the optional protocol for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR). This conception is challenged by the rise of new ideologies that explicitly leave room for racism, xenophobia and security-based priorities that challenge the inadequacies of democracy.

32. In Africa, as in the rest of the world, companies are facings several upheavals. These are unfinished revolutions that cover several generations. The revolution of women’s rights is the most impressive; it calls into question time-old relationships. The revolution of the rights of nations is also remarkable. The second phase of decolonization has begun; after the independence of the states, it highlights the rights of the peoples. The ecological revolution is a philosophical revolution that upsets the most established certainties. It reimposes the discussion on the relationship of the human species to Nature. It challenges all conceptions of development, production and consumption. The digital revolution is a decisive part of a new scientific and technological revolution, combined in particular with that of biotechnology. It impacts culture by beginning to change such vital areas as those of language and writing. The revolution of the planet’s population is in the making. Climate change will not only accentuate environmental migration. School enrollment alters migratory flows by combining brain drain and unemployed graduates. Social movements try to articulate the struggles for freedom of movement and settlement rights with those for the right to live and work in one’s own country.

33. Local governments will play a vital role in the cultural, scientific and ideological transition. Their cultural policy will participate in the taking into account inhabitant’s and citizens’ expectations of change and in the acceptance of this change. They will participate in the scientific transition by fitting new scientific and collaborative approaches within the territories. Local governments will contribute to this transition by making local solidarity based on the implementation of fundamental rights a reality.

Strategy

34. African local governments will play a vital role in the transition to sustainable cities and territories. They are an indispensable step in the implementation of a strategy for transition. At their level, they define and implement a strategy that articulates emergency responses and fits within a social and urban transformation project. African local governments face a double challenge. They have to respond to the emergency and they need to undergo a structural transformation. The response to the emergency does not allow for a transformation and it is unthinkable not to cope with the emergency. The strategy consists in putting the response to the emergency in the perspective of structural transformation. The challenge is therefore to include the action of African local authorities within a strategic approach, in the articulation between emergency and alternative.

35. Responding to emergencies is the daily life of local communities. Since the first Africities, emphasis had been placed on the basic functions that local authorities had to assume, on the mastery of the techniques and the training necessary so that each local authority could meet its obligations. Five areas were identified: human resources management and planning, financial resource management and planning, natural and ecological resource planning and management, planning and programming of transformation actions and of territories, and participation of inhabitants. It is necessary to redefine and deepen the functions that African local authorities must assume. It is also necessary to clarify the link between local and national policies both in terms of trends and characterization, at the level of Africa, and at the level of each country, at the level of the specificity and diversity of the answers provided.

36. An approach to the redefinition of functions would be to overhaul the obligations and opportunities of local governments as local and territorial institutions and as tiers of government. It could be envisaged to define platforms that would integrate policy objectives, strategic approaches, action plans and programs, as well as monitoring and evaluation mechanisms. These platforms would articulate African general approaches and specific approaches according to the situations. One could draw on the approach of digital platforms that extract  from general and diversified procedures, some  answers to the problems encountered from new formalizations based on the systemic analysis of the response practices and also based on the almost immediate access to the information processing tools and to the processing procedures identified. This platform-based approach would help deconstruct traditional responses by defining new questions and exploring the forms of responses in the African contexts. Among the questions that can give rise to platforms, for example: training and human resources; Sustainable development; proposals for 2063 of the local economies and cultures; the climate ; decentralization and information; intermediate cities; cooperation and partnership; evaluation and indicators; etc.

37. The definition of local alternative policies is, together with the response to emergency, the second branch of the strategy. This definition will result from the transition approach, starting from the role of African local authorities in the different dimensions of the transition defined above. The ecological transition will change the way territorial policies are thought of, and their place in local policies. The ecological transition will translate into local environmental policies regarding water, energy, sanitation and transport. The economic and social transition will lead to a redefinition of the local economy and local development. It will translate into public services, access to public markets, and alliance with local economic actors. Its objective will be to combat social inequalities and urban segregation. The geopolitical transition will bring African local authorities to define in their policies their role in the prevention and settlement of conflicts that take place on their territories. The political and democratic transition will give a central place to local democracy through local institutions. It will lead to overtaking local residents’ participation in local policies by freeing local individual and collective initiatives and actions. The cultural, scientific and ideological transition will lead to defining cultural policies, and experimenting locally with innovative scientific approaches. This transition will make it possible to realize, at the local level, solidarity based on the implementation of fundamental rights.

38. The definition of alternative local policies will be based on the implementation of alternative practices. Africities will help identify alternative practices across the continent and on other continents. It will involve experimenting with innovative and alternative practices, disseminating them and sharing them through African and international networks of cities. The definition of local alternative policies can be defined around a few axes: land policies and transport policies based on the questioning of spatial segregation; public service development policies based on access for all to these services and respect for fundamental rights; local development policies based on local production and local businesses, the local market and local employment; local environmental protection policies based on the improvement of local ecosystems and the rights of future generations; social housing production policies based on the right to housing and the city; local taxation policies, particularly land based, based on the link between wealth production and redistribution; citizen participation policies based on the articulation between representative and participative democracy and on residence citizenship; cooperation policies based on international solidarity and inclusion in the international action of cities and territories.

39. African local governments will play a role in the transition to sustainable cities and territories by defining, adopting and implementing local policies tailored to the level of each local and territorial community. They will also play a role as a grouping of African local authorities, at the level of each country, of each sub-region and at the level of the African continent. The national scale is a decisive one. National communities must first be fully accepted as agents of change in each country. For all the dimensions of the transition, though the initiative and autonomy of African local authorities is a factor of success, consistency between national policies and local policies is a decisive condition. Two dimensions of the transition are particularly relevant at the national level; economic and social transition and political and democratic transition. In Africa and in every African country, as is the case in the rest of the world, the relationship between the Nation and the State is being redefined. African local authorities can contribute to this goal, at the level of each of them and at the level of national associations of local and territorial authorities.

40. Several dimensions of transition take some of their meaning in the subregions of the African continent. The ecological transition is especially appreciated on this scale; it is the scale for example of the river basins and of the natural and ecological resources. Similarly, for geopolitical transition, it is the scale of conflict prevention and resolution. Several aspects of economic and social transition are also defined at this level. For example, from the point of view of migration, freedom of movement and installation have been considered and sometimes implemented at this level. African local authorities can be recognized as actors in the implementation of African sub-regions and contribute to their reinforcement.

41. African local authorities have been recognized as actors by the African Union, which adopted, in June 2014, the African Charter of Values ​​and Principles of Decentralization, Local Governance and Local Development. In 2015, the African Union defined a vision of sustainable and inclusive development of Africa with Agenda 2063. In September 2015, the African Union adopted the Universal Agenda 2030 by defining the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals, the SDGs. Since Africities 1, in Abidjan in 1998, advocacy for recognition of the role of African local governments has been carried out relentlessly. In December 2015, in Johannesburg, the Africities 7 Summit was dedicated to the contribution of local governments to Agenda 2063. Africities 8, that will be devoted to the role of African local governments in the transition to sustainable cities and territories, will extend this forward-looking approach and translate it into local policies.

42. The articulation of the levels and scales, between the local dimension, national dimension, the large regions and the world, is a key issue. The goal is the affirmation of fundamental rights, their implementation and their inclusion in the management and production of cities and territories and in alternative local policies. The challenge for African local authorities is to be part of this transition and to contribute to it. The challenge is also to define and implement a new link, at the local level between institutions, populations and territories.

43. African local governments will play a key role in defining and implementing alternatives. They are key players in the different dimensions of transition that link the local, national, regional and global scales. African local governments are at the forefront of ecological transition, economic and social transition, geopolitical transition, political and democratic transition, as well as the scientific, cultural and ideological transition. African local governments need to make the transition to sustainable cities and territories part of their strategy, at the level of each local authority and at the level of all local African communities.

Presentation of the Africities Summit 8 (Marrakesh, Morocco, 20-24 November 2018)

The theme of the Africities Summit 8

The Africities 8 Summit, which is the eighth edition of the Pan-African Days of Local and Territorial Authorities, will take place in Marrakesh, Morocco, from November 20 to November 24, 2018 . It will be themed: ”  The transition to sustainable cities and territories, the role of African local governments”.

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The goal of the Africities Summit 8 is establish a link between the vision of the long-term and the actions to be carried out in the immediate future, given the current situation of the continent. Africities 8 will take as a starting point the situation of Africa in globalization and urbanization; will shed light on the dimensions of the transition from the current changes, and will focus on the role and strategy of African territorial Governments in the transition. In order to identify the mutations that define the dimensions of the transition, Africités 8 adopts the following themes : the ecological transition  ; economic and social transition  ; the geopolitical transition  ; the political and democratic transition  ; and the cultural, scientific and ideological transition. The challenge for African local governments is to define and implement a new articulation, at the local level, between institutions, populations and territories. (One can refer to the concept note of Africities 8  : www. africities.org )

The Africities Summit seeks to achieve two major goals  : to define appropriate and shared strategies to improve the living conditions of local populations; and to contribute to integration, peace and unity of Africa from the grassroots. Its goal is to connect a rigorous understanding of the likely future trends with a strategic discussion on what needs to be done locally, immediately, to meet the urgency of access to basic services, housing, mobility and transport, and to promote opportunities for the development of economic activities and employment , and other fields.

The Africities Summit has always been a great opportunity for the meeting of local and territorial elected representatives in Africa. Its ambition is to echo the voice of leaders of local and regional governments who administer the 15,000 territorial governments of Africa .

 The history of The Africities Summits

Africities materializes a choice and a will. It is about strengthening the role of local authorities in the continent’s development and to help build Africa from these communities. This project is deployed through the successive Africités summits and the subjects that were treated during such summits. The Africities 8 Summit is part of the succession of Africities that took place in the five sub-regions of Africa.

Africities 1, in Abidjan in January 1998, had as its theme  : Recognizing the essential role of local governments in Africa’s development.

Africities 2, Windhoek, May 2000, was themed  :  Financing  African local governments to ensure the sustainable development of the continent.

Africities 3, in Yaoundé, in December 2003, had as its theme  : Accelerating access to basic services within African local governments.

Africities 4, Nairobi, September 2006, had as its theme  : Building local coalitions to achieve the Millennium Development Goals within African local governments.

Africities 5, Marrakech, December 2009, was themed  : The response of African local and territorial authorities to the global crisis : promotion of sustainable local development and employment.

Africities 6, in Dakar, in December 2012, had as its theme  : Building Africa from its territories  : what challenges for local governments ?

Africities 7 in Johannesburg in November 2015, had as its theme :  Building the future of Africa with the populations: the contribution of local governments to Agenda 2063..

 The global context

 The Africities 8 Summit is part of an international context that weighs on African development. The new context is marked by great uncertainties. Several questions must be taken into account  :

•      The global crisis is deepening and structural imbalances are continuing. A first question concerning the future concerns Africa’s place in contemporary globalization and its crisis.

•      The context is also characterized by a geopolitical, economic, social and cultural reorganization of the different major regions of the world related to their specific evolutions. A second question concerns the specificities of the evolution of Africa among the major regions of the world.

•      The last decades have been marked by contradictions related to the dynamics of democratization on a global scale. A third question concerns the forms that democratization will take in Africa.

•      Analyzing those issues by taking the territories as a point of entry helps to rethink and redefine the dynamics of African integration and unity. With decentralization and the creation of regional groupings, public governance is becoming more complex. A fourth question concerns the articulation of the different levels of governance  : the scale of the African continent, the scale of the five sub-regions of the African continent, the national scale of African States , and the scale of local and territorial governments.

•      Analyzing those issues by taking the territories as a point of entry also makes it possible to connect populations, activities, ecosystems and institutions . Globalization attempts to spread the same development model that is not sustainable from an ecosystem perspective and is not acceptable from an equity perspective. A fifth question concerns the possibility for Africa to acquire modes of development and transformation of African societies that are more sustainable and fairer.

The architecture of the Africities Summit 8

The Africities 8 Summit aims to address all these questions by relocating them, in the long term, in the context of the transition to sustainable cities and territories.

From November 20 to November 24, 2018 , the Africities 8 Summit will host, in Marrakech, Morocco , more than 5 000 people. The participants will represent all the protagonists of African local life as well as their partners from other regions of the world  : Ministers responsible for Local Governments, Housing, Urban Development, and the Public Service ; people in charge of African institutions  ; local authorities and local elected officials  ; central and local government officials  ; civil society organizations, associations and unions  ; economic operators in the public and private sectors and the social and solidarity-based economy  ; traditional authorities  ; researchers , scientists and members of the academia  ; international cooperation agencies  ; and African citizens . Africities 8 will host more than 500 exhibitors.

The Africities 8 Summit is organized in three segments  :

  • The thematic sessions make it possible to deepen the theme of the transition towards sustainable cities and territories as well as the development of the policies and strategies of the African territorial collectivities to answer the needs of the populations in the concrete situations.
  • Open sessions allow different networks of African local authorities or institutions or organizations wishing to work with African territorial authorities to present their proposals and contribute to the thinking process.
  • Political sessions  that synthesize the summit include the political meeting of the mayors and of the local authorities  ; of the ministers  ; of the development partners  ; and a political dialogue meeting between mayors, ministers and development partners.

The Africities 8 Exhibition

From November 20 to November 23, 2018, the “Africities 8 Exhibition” will take place, within the framework of the Summit. Exhibition booths will be offered to local authorities, associations of local authorities, international institutions and cooperation, public and private companies, banks and financial institutions, consulting or research firms, universities and training institutions working or wish to work with African local authorities . Information workshops and debates will be proposed at the initiative of exhibitors or organizers of the Exhibition. A project exchange forum will be set up to link the demands expressed by African local authorities with the exhibitors’ proposals.

 

Some exceptional events

Several events of great importance will take place throughout Africities 8 . Among them, one can already mention:

the the elective General Assembly of UCLG-Africa; the Meeting of African Ministers Members of the Specialized Technical Committee of the African Union on the Public Service, Urban Development, Local Authorities and Decentralization (STC8); the tripartite political dialogue meeting between mayors, ministers, and development partners; the Elective General Assembly of REFELA (Network of African Local elected Women); the Meeting of Former African Heads of State as Honorary Members of UCLG Africa; meetings of African elected representatives with the Chinese, Latin American, European, Turkish elected officials …; the forum on the issue of migration; the presentation of the United Nations report on Afro-descendants; the organization of an inter-African fellowship for decentralized cooperation; the special events of Moroccan cities; the award ceremony for the best African mayor and the best participatory budget in Africa; B2B meetings within the framework of the projects grant organized within the Salon; the Forum on the construction of local coalitions between local authorities and local stakeholders; the Meeting of Large African Enterprises and Leaders of Local Authorities in Africa; the elective assemblies of professional networks of territorial administrations of Africa (City managers and directors of services, directors or heads of financial services, directors or heads of technical services, Human Resource managers); the Meeting of Traditional Authorities; Meeting of the African Media Network for Local Development (MADEL).

These events, as well as the activities of Africities 8, will be relayed by Africities’ internal communication tools.  : The Africities-Daily newspaper distributed every morning in the hotels and within the venue of the Summit  ; Africities TV and Radio Africities  ; the daily press conference  ; specific press briefings  ; the Africities website and the UCLG Africa Portal; the Facebook and Twitter social networks, and other networks.

Africities 8’s communication will also be provided by national and international media.

PREPARATION OF THE SESSIONS OF THE AFRICITIES SUMMIT 8

The sessions of the Africities 8 Summit will be structured as follows  :

Each session will last three hours. Speeches are limited to one hour (60 min). An hour and a half (90 minutes) will be devoted to debates and exchanges with the audience. The last half hour (30 min) will be dedicated to the adoption of resolutions and recommendations to be submitted to political sessions (mayors, ministers, African institutions, development partners).

Each session will be coordinated by a chair who will be an African mayor, a facilitator and a rapporteur. This team will be proposed by the entity in charge of the preparation and organization of the session, in consultation with the UCLG-A secretariat. The discussion will be introduced by 3 to 4 speakers including 2 mayors and 1 or 2 other speakers representing institutions, experts or other categories of stakeholders.

The preparation of the Africities 8 Summit sessions will be done in three main stages, followed by a final report  :

Step 1  : (Deadline : June 15, 2018 )

  • Identificationandselection of the structures associated with the preparation and coordination of each session (identification before May 30, 2018 )
  • Confirmation of the operators (stakeholders) by UCLGAfricaand of the partnership agreements.

2nd step  : (Deadline : July 15, 2018 )       

  • Short presentationof the session: theme, sales pitch about the interest of the session , the major issues discussed , the great experiences presented . (2 pages)
  • Presentation of the programof the session: the organization of time , the nature and the theme of the interventions (presentations) , indications concerning the themes . ( 1 page)
  • The names of the Chair, of the moderator andof the rapporteur (with support from UCLGAfrica , especially for the identification of African mayors associated with the session)
  • Opening of one page per session on the web site.

Step 3  : (Deadline: September 15, 2018 )

  • Presentation sheet of the session for the public program with all the speakers (1page)(for August 15, 2018)
  • Summary of the introductory report of the session (3 to 5 pages)
  • Project of draft resolutions andrecommendations (addressed to mayors , ministers, African institutions , development partners, etc.)

And also  :

  • Otherreports presentedby the speakers (1 page per report)
  • CVsand photos ofthe coordinators ( chair, moderator , rapporteur ) and of the speakers.
  • Short presentation of the organizers ofthe session( e. the institution , its goals and its activities );
  • requirementsin terms oflogistics for conducting the session;
  • Proposalsin terms of communicationbefore, during and after the Summit (wishes expressed in terms of interviews ,key messages to be developed, projects to be promoted , African leaders to be presented – providing for a short presentation note on these leaders for the media );
  • Participation in theAfricities Exhibition(booths, debates , etc.)
  • Any otherrelevant questionto be asked.

Step 4  : (Deadline: January 30, 2019 )

  • Minutesand final reportof the session
  • Firstevaluation report.

ARCHITECTURE OF THE AFRICITIES 8 SUMMIT

UCLG AFRICA Regional Strategic Meeting in Walvis–Bay

The regional strategic meeting of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) for the Southern Africa region will be held at the Sea Side Hotel in Walvis -Bay, Namibia, on May 7th and 8th, 2018. The meeting is organized by UCLG Africa, the Pan African representative and the voice of local governments on the continent in collaboration with the Association of Local Authorities in Namibia (ALAN).

Walvis Bay, will host the third meeting of a series of UCLG Africa strategic meetings that will take place across the five regions of Africa (North Africa, West Africa, Central Africa, Eastern Africa, Southern Africa). The two first meetings were held in Nairobi, Kenya from 10 to 11 April 2018 for the East Africa region and in Libreville, Gabon form 16 to 17 April 2018 for Central Africa region . As the representative voice of local authorities on the continent, UCLG Africa aims to:

1. Take stock of the state of decentralization in the different regions and address the priorities of the decentralization agenda in the regions

2. Deliberate on the priority actions required to support local governments to become reliable partners for national governments; the regional economic communities; other development partners and stakeholders.

The meetings will address specific issues such as:

• Updating the UCLG Africa members in the region on the Global and African Agendas and the involvement of local governments in their implementation, especially the African Union Agenda 2063, the New Urban Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Climate Change Agenda, and The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction;

• The status of the signature and ratification of the African Charter on the Values and Principles of Decentralization, Local Governance and Local Development in the different countries of Southern Africa region.

• The participation of the UCLG Africa members in Southern Africa in the preparation and implementation of the Africities 2018 Summit, the flagship event of UCLG Africa, which will be held from November 20 – 24, 2018 in Marrakesh (Kingdom of Morocco), around the theme: “The transition towards sustainable cities and territories: The role of African local governments.”

• The preparation and participation of the members of the Southern Africa region in the Elective General Assembly of UCLG Africa to be held on 23 November in the framework of the Africities Summit.

The official opening of the meeting will be chaired by Hon. Dr Peya MUSHELENGA, Minister of Urban and Rural Development, in the presence of:

Mr. Mr Parks Tau – President UCLG –World & UCLG Africa Vice President, Southern Africa region,

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

The meeting will be attended by the presidents of the national associations of local governments, leaders of the Network of Locally Elected Women (REFELA) and the permanent secretaries of national associations of local governments. Other participants in the meeting will include experts on decentralization, urbanization and climate change.

The national and international media based in Namibia are invited to cover the opening ceremony this Monday, May 07th , 2018 at 09:00 am at the Sea Side Hotel in Walvis -Bay, Namibia and the closing press briefing on Tuesday, May 08th at the same venue at 04:30 pm.

The upcoming UCLG Africa regional strategic meetings will take place respectively in Accra (Ghana) on 28 – 29, May 2018, for the West Africa Region; and Rabat (Morocco) on 18 -19 June 2018, for the North Africa Region.

For further information, please contact:

Em Ekong: Tel : +
Email: Eekong@uclga.org
Gaëlle Yomi: Tel: + 212 610 56 71 45
Email: GYomi@UCLGa.org

2nd Edition of the African Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes targeting Local and Regional Governments: The Network of Human Resources Managers of African Local and Regional Governments (Local Africa HR-Net) is now set up!

Saidia, Morocco, April 26, 2018

The second edition of the African Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes targeting Local and Regional Governments was held April 25-26, 2018 at the BE LIVE hotel in Saidia, (Kingdom of Morocco, Oriental Region). The meeting was co-organized by the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Kingdom of Morocco, the Association of Regions of Morocco (ARM), the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Municipal Councils (AMPCC), the Oriental Regional Council and United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) within the framework of the actions conducted by the Africa Local Governments Academy (ALGA).

250 participants from 35 countries took part in the forum, including ministers, presidents of associations of local and regional authorities, presidents and directors of training institutes, senior staff of local and regional administrations, experts in local governance, components of civil society and the private sector.

The second edition of the forum had the topic: “Mobilization for the development of the human capital of local and regional governments: a key requirement for the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Mr. Abdennbi BIIOUI, President of the Oriental Region, chaired the deliberations which were also attended by the following dignitaries: Her Excellency Ms. Paulita WIE, Minister Delegate in charge of Urban Affairs of Liberia; General Mohamed Kamal Hussein BENDARY, Secretary General of the Ministry of Municipal Development of Egypt; Mr. Mouaad JAMAI, Wali of the Oriental Region; Mr. Mohamed MBARKI, Director General of the Oriental Development Agency; Mr. Mohamed BENKADDOUR, President of the Mohammed Premier University of Oujda (UMP); Mr. Omar Ben ISMAIL, President of Saidia Local Government; and Mr. Jean Pierre Elong MBASSI, Secretary General of UCLG Africa.

The various addresses highlighted the importance of investing in human capital to achieve local development and to ensure local government trades are integrated amongst the first career choices of young Africans entering into professional life. Speakers emphasized the symbolic significance of holding this forum in the Oriental region. The region has played a leading role in the movement of African countries against colonial rule, in the strengthening of relations between Sub-Saharan Africa and Mediterranean Africa and in building an African conscience.

Contributions to the deliberations came from representatives of training institutes and organizations such as the Africa Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), the African Association of Public Administration Management (AAPAM), the International City/ County Managers (ICMA, USA), State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovation under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan (ASAN), the Al Akhawayn University of Ifrane (Morocco), the International Institute of Administrative Science (IIAS), the Kenya School of Governance (KSG), Transparency Morocco, Marchika Med and the General Confederation of Enterprises of Morocco (CGEM-Morocco).

During the two day forum, participants debated and formulated recommendations on the following four themes:

* Investment in the human capital of African public administrations;

* The new human resources requirements of local and regional governments induced by the sustainable development goals;

* Mobilization of the human capital of territorial administrations for the development and economic attractiveness of territories;

* Cooperation to improve the human capital performance of local and regional governments in Africa.

The forum also served as a framework for the holding of the constituent general assembly of the African Network of Human Resources Managers of Local and Regional Governments, namely “Local Africa HR-Net.”

28 Human Resources Managers of Local and Regional Governments from 20 African countries took part in the general assembly, which adopted the Rules and Regulations and set its objectives to:

* Promote the common voice of human resources managers of local and regional governments at the local, national, regional and continental levels;

* Disseminate good practice in the field of human resources management within the local and regional governments of Africa;

* Improve and sustain the professional competence of members and inculcate the culture of performance, service delivery, collaborative networking practice and peer learning;

* Participate in the work and support the initiatives of the Observatory on Human Resources of African Local and Regional Governments, most especially the production of the report on, “The State of Human Resources in African Local and Regional Governments,” which UCLG Africa publishes every three years on the occasion of the Africities Summits. The 8th edition of the Africities summit is scheduled to take place from November 20-24, 2018 in Marrakech (Morocco).

The general assembly also elected the members of the Executive Committee of the network as follows:

Northern Africa: Mr. Ben Mohamed Lachcen, HR Manager of Agadir Municipality (Morocco)

West Africa: Mr. Badara Samb, HR Manager of Louga Territorial Department Council (Senegal)

Central Africa: Ms Makanda Kodono Marie Reine, HR Manager of Bangui City Council (Central African Republic)

East Africa: Mr. Nzoyisaba Claver, HR Manager of Bujumbura City Council (Burundi)

Southern Africa: Ms Albertina Mario Francisco Tivane Albertina, Human Resources Officer of Maputo Municipality (Mozambique).

Ms. Albertina Mario Francisco Tivane Albertina was unanimously elected President of Local Africa HR-Net.

At the end of the deliberations of the forum, the participants adopted the Declaration of Saidia and a vote of thanks addressed to His Majesty King Mohammed VI.

Encl:

Declaration of Saidia

Vote of thanks to His Majesty The King of Morocco

For further information, please contact:
Gaëlle Yomi: Tel: + 212 610 56 71 45 Email: gyomi@UCLGa.org
Gautier Brygo: Tel: +212 661 300 829 Email: gbrygo@gmail.com
Zerouali Mohammed: Tel: +212 666036579 Email: m_zerouali@yahoo.fr

UCLG Africa Regional Strategic Meeting in Libreville

The regional strategic meeting of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) for the Central Africa Region will be held at Le Méridien Re-Ndama Hotel in Libreville, Gabon, on April 16th and 17th, 2018. The meeting is organized by UCLG Africa, the Pan African representative and the voice of local governments on the continent in collaboration with the Municipality of Libreville.

The Gabonese capital will host the second meeting of a series of UCLG Africa strategic meetings that will take place across the five regions of Africa (North Africa, West Africa, Central Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa). The first was held in Nairobi, Kenya from 10 to 11 April 2018 for the East Africa region. As the representative voice of local authorities on the continent, UCLG Africa aims to:

  1. Take stock of the state of decentralization in the different regions and address the priorities of the decentralization agenda in the regions
  2. Deliberate on the priority actions required to support local governments to become reliable partners for national governments; the regional economic communities; other development partners and stakeholders.

The meetings will address specific issues such as:

  • Updating the UCLG Africa members in the region on the Global and African Agendas and the involvement of local governments in their implementation, especially the African Union Agenda 2063, the New Urban Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Climate Change Agenda, and The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction;
  • The status of the signature and ratification of the African Charter on the Values and Principles of Decentralization, Local Governance and Local Development in the different countries of Central Africa
  • The participation of the UCLG Africa members in Central Africa in the preparation and implementation of the Africities 2018 Summit, the flagship event of UCLG Africa, which will be held from November 20 – 24, 2018 in Marrakesh (Kingdom of Morocco), around the theme: “The transition towards sustainable cities and territories: The role of African local governments.”
  • The preparation and participation of the members of the Central Africa Region in the Elective General Assembly of UCLG Africa to be held on 23 November in the framework of the Africities Summit.

The official opening of the meeting will be chaired by His Excellency Mr. Lambert Noel MATHA, Minister of the Interior, Security, in charge of Decentralization and Local, in the presence of:

  • Mr.  Diderot Moutsinga Kebila, Governor of the Estuary Province
  • Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda, Mayor of Libreville, UCLG Vice-President for Africa;,
  • Mr Christian Roger Okemba, Mayor of Brazzaville (Congo), Vice President of UCLG Africa for the Central Africa Region;
  • Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa.

The meeting will be attended by the presidents of the national associations of local governments, leaders of the Network of Locally Elected Women (REFELA) and the permanent secretaries of national associations of local governments. Other participants in the meeting will include experts on decentralization, urbanization and climate change.

The national and international media based in Gabon are invited to cover the opening ceremony this Monday, April 16, 2018 at 09:00 am at at Le Méridien Re-Ndama Hotel in Libreville, and the closing press briefing on Tuesday, April 17 at the same venue at 05:00 pm.

The upcoming UCLG Africa regional strategic meetings will take place respectively in  Walvis-Bay (Namibia) on 7 – 8 May 2018, for the Southern Africa Region; Accra (Ghana) on 28 – 29, May 2018, for the West Africa Region; and Rabat (Morocco) on 18 -19 June 2018, for the North Africa Region.

For further information, please contact:

Gaëlle Yomi: Tel: + 212 610 56 71 45

Email: gyomi@uclga.org

 

Regional Strategic Meeting Unifying East Africa Local Authorities and Cities

Nairobi, Kenya, April 10, 2018

The regional strategic meeting of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) for the Eastern Africa Region took place at the Intercontinental Hotel (Nairobi, Kenya), April 9 -10, 2018.

The meeting, organized in collaboration with the Council of Governors (COG), of Kenya, was attended by 10 countries representing 14 national associations of local government, (Rwanda, Burundi, Madagascar, Comoros, Uganda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya) and were represented by presidents of the associations and the leaders of the Network of Locally Elected Women (REFELA) and their permanent secretaries.

Proceedings were opened by Amb Tuneya Hussein Dado, Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Devolution and ASALS in the presence of Honourable Governor Josephat Nanok Koli, Chairperson of the Council of Governors (CoG); Mr. David Andre, the Mayor of Victoria, Seychelles, UCLG Africa Vice President for the Eastern Africa Region; and Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa.

In his opening remarks, Amb Tuneya Hussein Dado reiterated the importance of strengthening local governments and the key role played by UCLG Africa in uniting local governments across Africa. On behalf of the Council of Governors of Kenya, Honourable Governor Josephat Nanok Koli, welcomed all and expressed his happiness in hosting the first of the five UCLG African regional strategic meetings. He restated COG’s commitment to African cooperation led by UCLG Africa and the decentralization agenda.

The UCLG Africa Secretary General, Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, reminded participants of the importance of the UCLG Africa regional strategic meetings.

“They are key in the life of UCLG Africa. It is therefore critical that members take full advantage of their holding to share knowledge on the situation of decentralization and subnational and local governments in their respective countries and to make inputs in reflecting on how to improve this situation for greater involvement of subnational and local governments in the definition and implementation of the development and integration policies and strategies set forth by Agenda 2063 of the African Union.

The regional strategic meetings also provide a moment for members to reflect on what is happening at both the continental and global levels, particularly on how it impacts on subnational and local government mandates and actions.”

During the first day, two sessions were held which discussed UCLG Africa’s network in the region. In the first session, participants shared their experiences and key challenges on the state of decentralization in their respective countries and received information on decentralized cooperation partnerships. Discussion also surrounded the importance of UCLG Africa’s Pan Africa Peer Review, which supports members in identifying capacity issues. Candidates for hosting a Peer Review mission and participating in Peer Review teams were registered.

The second session addressed the functioning of UCLG Africa networks and how these networks could enhance the delivery capacity of subnational and local governments. UCLG Africa networks include the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA); the network of City Managers (MAGNET); the network of City Chief Finance Officers (FINET); and the network of City Chief Technical Officers (TECHNET). The session also focussed on the role of local and regional governments in implementing African and global agendas such as the African Charter on Values & Principles of Decentralization, Local Governance & Local Development; the setting up of the High Council of Local Authorities as a consultative body of the African Union; the role of subnational and local governments in the implementation of Agenda 2063 of the African Union; the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and the Climate Change Agenda.

UCLG Africa’s members from the East Africa region are being invited to advocate for the ratification of the African Charter on Values & Principles of Decentralization, Local Governance & Local Development. Since its adoption in Malabo in 2014, the charter has been signed by 13 countries but has only been ratified by three countries, two of which are in the East Africa region (Madagascar and Burundi). The charter will become a legal instrument of the African Union when signed and ratified by 15 countries and deposited at the Africa Union Commission.

During the presentation on the role of African local governments in the implementation of SDGs, participants were given an example of the role played by local authorities in Nigeria. UCLG, the world organization of local authorities, has also developed a toolkit that was shared with members.

On the Climate Agenda, national associations of local governments were encouraged to join the global covenant of mayors for climate and energy, where the Africa chapter is hosted by UCLG Africa in its West Africa Regional Office,(WARO). The UCLG Africa Climate Task Force was launched during COP23 to assist African subnational and local governments prepare funding requests eligible for the green climate fund.

Members were informed about local government transparency and integrity aimed at providing voluntary members with a tool to address the daunting issue of corruption in the subnational and local government administrations.

Participants were also informed about the role they are expected to play in the implementation of the European Union cooperation agenda. In 2013, the EU adopted a Communication that for the first time recognized local authorities as public authorities in their own right. Following this recognition the European Union concluded a framework partnership agreement with international and continental associations of local governments, including UCLG Africa. According to the provisions of the 2013 EU Communication on local authorities, national associations having a monopoly situation in their country can access EU cooperation funds allocated to local governments without going through a call for proposals, provided they present to and discuss with the EU delegation an implementation program agreed upon by the members of the said national association. Participants were further informed about the beginning of the negotiations of the Post Cotonou Agreement that will frame the cooperation relations between the Africa Union and European Union for the next 20 years. Attention was called for UCLG Africa members to advocate and lobby their national governments to have them include local governments as key partners at the different steps, from the negotiations stage to the definition and implementation stages, which implies that the territorial and local level should be recognized as the critical level for the implementation and impact assessment of EU cooperation programs. Engagement with the EU delegations was also recommended to follow up on the implementation of the 2013 Communication and on the post Cotonou Agreement negotiations that will start soon (presumably in September 2018).

The Africities 8th Edition, which will be hosted in Marrakesh from November 20-24, was announced and members were invited to attend in numbers. Members were also reminded that they are expected to participate in General Assembly of UCLG Africa and the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA) that will be held during the summit and were briefed on the rules and procedures of the Elected General Assembly, which will be held on November 23. The official launch of the 8th Edition of the Africities Summit will take place in Rabat, Morocco on the May 15, 2018.

The CEO of the Council of Governors has expressed an interest in hosting the next Africities Summit in 2021 and has requested the support of UCLG Africa members from the East Africa region.

The regional strategy meeting held in Nairobi will be followed by the regional strategic meetings for the Central Africa Region in Libreville, (Gabon), April 16-17 2018; the Southern Africa Region in Walvis-Bay (Namibia), May 7-8, 2018; the West Africa Region in Accra (Ghana), May 28-29, 2018; and the North Africa Region in Rabat (Morocco), June 18 -19, 2018.

For further information, please contact:

Gaëlle Yomi: Tel: + 212 610 56 71 45

Email: gyomi@uclga.org

Crans Montana Forum on Africa and South-South Cooperation: The contribution of UCLG Africa to the International Conference on Global Urban Management

The fourth edition of the Crans Montana Forum,an International Conference on Global Urban Management on “Africa and South-South Cooperation,”was held in Dakhla (Morocco), March 15–20,2018.

Themeeting, held on March 17,had the participation of several African metropolises who met with their counterparts and shared their knowledge and expertise on urban development, urban planning, housing, mobility, waste and waste water treatment, sustainable development and urban security.

Theconference waschaired by Mr. Mohamed Boudra, President of the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Municipal Councils (AMPCC) andwas moderated by Mr. Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa).

Presidents from the local governments associations andPan-African Councils of UCLG Africatook part in theinternational conference, which addressed the issue of urban development: an unavoidable human evolution,given the ongoing rural exodusand a key challenge for Africatoday.

The Secretary General highlighted 4 key points when discussing the importance of involving local authorities in the implementation of urbanization projects in Africa:

  • “It is imperative that cities areplanned, so that we know where we are going. We must have strategic thoughts. By planning cities, we must be concerned about the SDGs and the participation of people becausewhat you do for me without me, you do against me.”
  • “We need to be concerned with how local authorities are funded. Both largeand small cities. We must leave no one behind following the leitmotiv of the international community.”
  • “If we do not put in place institutional systems, legal systems and necessary human resources, it will remain in the field of discourse. Cooperation addressesthese exchanges both in the legislative and financial capacity-building field so that each local government gradually reaches a level of control of its development.”
  • “The South/South cooperation is the future, because Africa is the future of the world. Africa will have 4 billion inhabitants in 2100:40% of mankind. It is now that Africa must be prepared to assume its responsibilities.”

 

ThePresident of AMPCC, Mr. Mohamed Boudra asserted, “We can say that the future of Africa will dependupon urban and youth policies. Thesepolicies need to be carried out in cooperation. Mayors and citizens must be at the center of all these policies: Not alone, but together as governments, ministries, experts and academics. We need to strengthen South/South cooperation. Money is better managed locally because it falls under the control of the population.”

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Royal support to UCLG Africa and an invitation to the Africities 2018 Summit

During the opening ceremony of the forum, the royal speech was read by the President of Dakhla, demonstrating that, “Morocco’s option for advanced regionalization is extremely assertive. According to the Secretary General:

“It means that His Majesty wishes that the implementation of development in Moroccoshould start from its territories. It is a very strong political sign that also addresses the whole of Africa. Africa will develop from its territories.There is a strong delegation of African mayors and presidents of African regions present here in Dakhla. I am very pleased that this message is visible and I am honored that the King has mentioned our organization,UCLG Africa, in his speech. This year’s Crans Montana meeting marks a turning point for South/South cooperation, particularly inter-territory cooperation and advanced regionalization. Decentralization is about empowering people through the elect to manage their daily lives. Somewhere, Morocco is exemplary in this movement that will take time to succeed.” (Interview given to Medi1 TV).

The Secretary General also announced the organizing of the Forum of African Regions at the Africities summit in Marrakech from November 20-24,2018.

The summit, organized every 3 years by UCLG Africa, the oriental region of Morocco and the Association of the Regions of Morocco (Morocco) are to pilot the forum.  The full interview of Mr. Mbassi is available here in French

The President of the AMPCC, Mohamed Boudra, promised that the International Conference on Global Urban Management would continue at the Africities Summit in Marrakech.

The local elected women’s network of REFELA also took part in the session on March 16, 2018on women’s integration in the political, social and economic decision making processes. Mrs. Jacqueline Moustache Belle, former mayor of Victoria (Seychelles), shared her experience as a local elected woman and the REFELA vision that has been advocated since 2011.