Following consultations with the Government of Kenya, the Council of Governors of Kenya and the lead partners in the organization of the Summit, namely UCLG World, UN Habitat, and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the Executive Committee of the ninth edition of the Africities Summit to be held in Kisumu, Kenya, informs the public and interested institutions, organizations, associations, and stakeholders, that the ninth edition of the Africities Summit initially scheduled on 26 to 30 April 2022, will be held on 17th to 21st May 2022 in Kisumu, Kenya.
As a reminder, the theme of the 9th Africities Summit is: “The Role of Intermediary Cities of Africa in the Implementation of Agenda 2030 of the United Nations and the African Union Agenda 2063”.
These two Agendas call for the urgent need to develop resilient and sustainable urbanization in Africa, cognizant of the fact that by 2050 the bulk of African population will be living in cities, and that the majority of city dwellers will settle in intermediary cities. The improvement of the living conditions of the African people and the economic and social structural transformation of the African continent is therefore closely linked to the way the realization of these agendas will be addressed in African intermediary cities, which are for sure the places where Africa will be inventing her own approach and trajectory to sustainable human development based on her realities but also taking stock of the knowledge and experiences accrued across the world. As much as possible, the development models to be implemented in Africa should be more energy efficient, low carbon, more inclusive, and more resilient.
Do join us in Kisumu on 17 to 21 May 2022 at the Africities Summit, to be part of this endeavor in a place where Africa will be defining her new development trajectory based on African intermediary cities.
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UCLG Africa launch the call for applications for the recruitment of a consultant to develop and implement an Accreditation and Quality Assurance Unit for Training Institutes and Programmes Targeting African Local Governments at its African Local Government Academy (ALGA).
Deadline: 15 September 2021 at 16:30pm (U.T.C. + 1)
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As part of the 2021 edition of the European Development Days (EDD), UCLG Africa organized a Lab Debate on 15 June 2021 on the theme of “Unite efforts and cooperate around Innovative and Sustainable Cities”.
Organized in partnership with UCLG, UN-Habitat and Cities Alliance, the session made it possible to share experiences and approaches on innovative and smart sustainable urbanization, with a view to raising awareness of the centrality of partnerships at all levels. The following took part in the debate: Mrs. Thembisile Nkadimeng, President of the South Africa Local Governments Association (SALGA), Mr. Mohamed Sefiani, Mayor of Chefchaouen, Vice-president of the Climate Task Force of UCLG Africa, Mr. Emil Boc, Mayor of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Mr Ishaku Maitumbi , Senior Advisor to the Regional Office for Africa , UN-Habitat , Mr. Andries Gryffroy, Member of the Flemish Parliament (Belgium), Mr. Greg Munro, Director of Cities Alliance , and Ms. Sherine Omondo, Young Leader (Kenya). The introduction of the exchanges was made by Ms. Carla Montesi, Director of the Green Deal and Digital Strategy, at the European Commission, and moderation was provided by Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa.
In her introduction, Ms. Montesi said that “cities will play a central role in achieving green transformation. There is no one-size-fits-all solution: experimentation and knowledge sharing are essential to scale up”. SALGA President Mrs. Thembisile Nkadimeng stressed that “a green recovery is essential to strengthen local public services, especially so that they reach the people who need them most.” For her, “cities and regions have taken the initiative to show that it is possible and appropriate to continue climate action in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic“.
Sharing his experience, the Mayor of Chefchaouen, Mr. Mohamed Sefiani, explained that his city has relied on strategic planning to implement the vision of a sustainable ecological city. This has resulted in the replacement of conventional lamps by energy-saving lamps for public lighting and in the promotion of local products. Mr. Emil Boc, Mayor of Cluj-Napoca, initiated the concept of “Green Friday” in his city. People are invited to walk at least 15 minutes and use public transport. “As mayors, we must think green, digital and resilience,” said Emil Boc.
UN-Habitat called for mobilizing investments for Africa, and Cities Alliance called on actors to activate access to data and basic services in African cities. In his speech, Mr. Andries Gryffroy endorsed the theme of the meeting by affirming that “the transition to sustainable cities will only be possible by uniting efforts and cooperating“.
The European Development Days also offered space for the “Global Village” virtual stands. The five major international networks of local and regional governments active in development cooperation (AIMF, CLGF, PLATFORMA / CEMR, UCLG, and UCLG Africa) hosted a common booth to showcase the actions of cities and regions in favor of sustainable and ecological transformation.
As a reminder, AIMF, CLGF, PLATFORMA / CEMR, UCLG and UCLG Africa signed a framework partnership agreement with the Commission of the European Union in 2015. Thanks to this partnership, the EU has recognized the role of cities and regions as state actors to address global challenges and implement shared global agendas at the local level.
Watch the videos intervention of the session
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168 Institutions and Participants, 16.000 followers on UCLG-Africa Facebook Page celebrated the International Public Service Day during the Virtual African Forum on:
“Reopening African Public Administrations:Leading, Managing and Delivering in time of Covid-19 and beyond”
Monday 22 June, 2020, on the platform ZOOM of UCLG-Africa
As part of their sound Partnership and the Celebration of the International Day of Public Service (23rd June each year), the African Local Governments Academy of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (ALGA of UCLG-Africa), the African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM), the Faculty of Public Leadership of the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, the African Public Service Human Resources Managers (APS-HRMNet), the Local Africa HRNet, and with the support of their Anchoring Institutes and Partners, including the Directorate for Public Institutions and Digital Government of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA/DIPGD), OECD-GISMA, Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs/Institute for Public Management and Community Service of Florida International University (FIU)-USA and the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), have organized a Virtual African Forum on : “Reopening African Public Administrations: Leading, Managing and Delivering in time of Covid-19 and Beyond”, on Monday 22 June 2020, from 2.00 pm to 19.30 pm on the UCLG-Africa Zoom platform.
The main objective of this Virtual African Forum, the first of its kind, was to organize a space for the promotion of a structured and constructive dialogue around the issues of Public Leadership, Public Services and Human Resources management at Covid-19 time and in anticipation of the reopening of Public Administrations, to exchange on challenges and obstacles, to highlight good practices and to identify areas of progress that could feed into a post-Covid-19 roadmap for a stable, sustainable and resilient Africa.
This Forum aimed to lead a serene debate on the three fundamental pillars of any stable, strong, sustainable and resilient society, namely transformational Leadership, Quality Public Services and Professional Human Capital.
This African Forum was also organized as an important moment to promote Human Capital, a strategic lever for good governance. Finally, the organizers also wanted to place this activity within the framework of the Decade for Action, decreed by the Secretary General of the United Nations, in order to demonstrate their willingness to transform Leadership, to develop, motivate and professionalize Human Resources, and to deliver quality Public Services to citizens.
One hundred and sixty-eight (168) participants from Africa and the world took part in this event, while 16,000 persons followed it on the UCLG-Africa Facebook page.
The official opening was punctuated by the respective speeches of:
Mr Mohamed Sadiki, Mayor of the City of Rabat, City hosting the Headquarters of UCLG-Africa, Morocco;
Dr John Mary Kauzya, Chief, Public Service Innovation Branch, Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG), UN-DESA, New York;
Dr James Nkata, Vice President of International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA), Africa Region, Director General of Uganda Management Institute, Uganda ;
Dr Roland Msiska, President of the African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM), Zambia;
Prof. Zwelinzima Ndevu, Director, School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University, South Africa;
Ms Savia N. Mugwanya, President of APS-HRMNet, Commissioner, Civil Service College Uganda, Ministry of Public Service, Uganda ;
Ms Albertina Tivane, President of Local Africa HRNet, Mozambique.
This initiative was welcomed by all the speakers. These speeches were unanimous in emphasizing the importance of Institutional Development, Transformational Leadership, raising the collective challenges for quality public services, the perspectives of HRM beyond the crisis and the importance of constantly upgrading the skills of public service agents and in general, to have a professional and qualified human capital. The importance of the Sustainable Development Agenda was also recalled as well as the role and contribution of Local Governments in this process. Finally, it was unanimously underlined that this Pandemic of Covid 19 offered a portal to another world and reminded us all of the need for a better collaboration with a solid partnership, to value and share good practices.
The work of the Forum has been subdivided into three Panels. The first Panel was devoted to the impact of Covid-19 on Public Services through African and global experiences. This panel was enriched by the participation of eminent experts, senior civil servants, and academic researchers from Egypt, South Africa the United States and Uganda who gave their testimonies and insights on how the pandemic has impacted public services; how political and public leaders at the central level but especially at the local level have reacted to the scale and manifestations of the Covid-19 in terms of commitment, availability, listening, reactivity, adaptation, communication and resilience and finally the main challenges of the Public Administration before and after the Covid-19 Pandemic.
The second Panel focused on how to reshape the delivery of public services having highlighted above all the crucial role of having competent and professional human resources to do this. Human Capital being an undeniable basic strategic lever of good governance.
This panel brought together speakers from the UN-DESA / DPIDG of the United Nations, SIGMA-OECD, Yonsei University of South Korea, the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender of Kenya as well as specialists in Human Resources issues from South Africa.
The main communications from this Panel focused on the profile of an effective public servant for service delivery during a pandemic / crisis ; the main Risks, Challenges and way forward; the need to professionalize human resources, to be able to count on competent, ethical staff, well equipped and endowed with sufficient resources to be truly at the service of populations.
The third Panel was dedicated to Peer Learning. The Anchoring Institutes of the 5 African regions were invited to share their experience with their peers, focusing on the main challenges they encountered during Covid-19 and beyond, interventions, achievements and best practices during the Covid-19 pandemic as well as actions carried out on Leadership, Public Service and Human Resources Management. The Institutes that shared their experiences were:
– The National Capacity Building Programme for Cities Management (PNFMV), Cameroon;
– Association for the Love of Books and Local Development (ASSOAL), Cameroon
– Special Higher School of Architecture (ESSACA), Cameroon
– Ethiopian Public Administration Association (EPAA), Ethiopia
– Kotebe Metropolitan University (KMU), Ethiopia
– Kenya School of Government (KSG), Kenya
– School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
– Enda Ecopop from Senegal
– African Centre for Management and Executive Development (CAMPC), Ivory Coast.
Dr. Najat Zarrouk, Director of ALGA of UCLG Africa closed this third Panel with a presentation of the activities carried out by the Academy during the time of COVID 19 as well as the various projects in perspective.
The Secretary General of UCLG Africa, Mr Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, in his closing remarks stressed that the post-COVID 19 will necessarily be Digital and Numeric. Local governance and public services must therefore be able to become immersed in digitalisation. Entering this era of digitalization should not be done lightly, but above all, there should be a change of mindset at all levels of government and focus on “services to citizens”. He reiterated the importance of public service for citizens, requiring prerequisites, a set of principles such as planning for development, the establishment of a strategic plan, which is an important socio-economic lever that has been left aside for some time. The human resources development community and the spirit of public service for all is crucial. He stressed that the time to act is now to build the Africa we want. Finally, he warmly thanked all the Partners who contributed to the organization of the Forum./.
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UCLG Africa and the National Association of Libyan Municipalities organized a study tour to Morocco for a delegation of Libyan Mayors from 13-21 September, 2019. The delegation, led by the President of the Association, Mr Hussein Khalefah Edawadi Daiab, was composed by Mr. Mohamed H.H. Harari, Secretary General of the Association Former Minister of Local Development, Mr. AlBaroni Mustfa Mohammed Mohammed, Mayor of the Municipality of Alazintan, Mr. Albasheer Omar Ali Diban, Mayor of the Municipality of Azawya South, Mr. Hussen Fadel Mohammed Ahmed, Mayor of the Municipality of Daraj.
The Libyan delegation held several meetings with all UCLG Africa Departments. The delegation commits to finalize the membership process and to bring and encourage more Libyan Municipalities to adhereto UCLG-Africa and to support its endeavors and activities.
Subsequently, the Libyan mayors had the opportunity to visit the headquarters of the three National Associations of Local Authorities existing in Morocco and to discuss with their leaders, namely: The Association of Moroccan Regions (ARM), the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Prefectural and Provincial Councils (AMPCPP), the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Municipal Councils (AMPCC).
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The African Local Government Academy (ALGA) of UCLG Africa announces the launch of 14 Colleges for the second part of the year 2019 (September – December 2019).
These colleges cover the SDGs, local governance, participatory budget, gender equality, human resources management at local level, territorial coaching, migration, etc.
Consult the table of presentation of the different colleges here.
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As part of the activities of the Local Africa Network HRnet and the Observatory of Local Human Resources in Africa of UCLG Africa, a call for contribution for the second issue of the “African Local Manager’s Voice”, is open.
The theme of this second issue is : “Creating a conducive and attractive environment for the development of the human resources at Local Level in Africa: sharing best practices”.
WHO CAN CONTRIBUTE? *
The newsletter is mainly open to contributions from African Territorial Managers regardless of their field of activity or professional field. However, in a spirit of openness to the environment of African Territorial Communities and Benchmarking, any other contribution having an added value.
Contributions are expected before 10 October 2019.
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On the occasion of his visit to Morocco, Mr Arnaldo Serna (from Peru), the new Coordinator of the PROFADEL International Network, was received on Thursday 11 July 2019 for a courtesy visit by Mr Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG-Africa.
PROFADEL, an international Network created in 2000, consists of seven institutes of higher education, training and advisory support in the field of territorial development and decentralization. This Network was born out of the crisis in development models and practices, the crisis in citizenship and the need to pool skills and advice to find solutions at the local, national and international levels.
The Network aims to contribute to ensuring that citizens are able to play their part in the changes in their society, both at the level of Civil Society Organizations and the private sector, and in influencing, designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating public policies.
As a reminder, PROFADEL includes CERSS (Morocco), CIEDEL (France), DELTA-C (Mali), ESCUELA PARA EL DESARROLLO (Peru), FFF Malagazy Mahomby (Madagascar), IRFODEL (Togo) and CCI (Italy).
Mr Serna also had a meeting with the Director of ALGA of UCLG-Africa on the establishment of a partnership and collaboration framework, in the short term, between UCLG-Africa and PROFADEL./.
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Within the framework of the Partnership between the African Local Government Academy (ALGA) of UCLG-Africa and the National Capacity Building Programme for Cities Management (PNFMV), signed at the Africities 8 Summit in Marrakech in November 2018, an International Training Session on Decentralized Cooperation and International Action of Local governments was organized from 1st to 5th July 2019 in the Room of acts of the Urban Community of Yaounde, in Cameroon. The official opening of the Session was marked by the welcome speech of the Honorable Emile ANDZE ANDZE, National President of the Communes and United Cities of Cameroon (CVUC), speech by Dr Najat ZARROUK, Director of ALGA of UCLG-Africa, as well as the speech of Mrs. Lydie ESSISSIMA, Representative of H.E. the Minister of Decentralization and Local Development (MINDDEVEL) and Mrs. Marguerite FOUDA OWOUNDI, Representative of H.E. the Minister of Housing and Urban Development (MINHDU).
They each in turn stressed the importance and relevance of this theme and the need to support local governments to make decentralized cooperation a real lever for sustainable development. They also welcomed the partnership between UCLG Africa / ALGA and the PNFMV which allowed the realization of the Session.
This first Training Session aimed to strengthen Local governments staff on the issues, concepts, mechanisms and procedures of Decentralized Cooperation and the development of mutually beneficial international partnerships.
Read more here
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UCLG Africa, through its African Local Governments Academy (ALGA) and its partners: The Regional Council of Fès-Meknès and Al Akhawayn University of Ifrane, will organize the 3rd edition of the forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes targeting the local level in Africa. The forum will be held from June 10 – 14 at the Al Akhawayn University of Ifrane (Morocco) under the theme: “ Financing Learning, Training and Capacity Building for Local Elected Officials and Territorial Managers in Africa: for Innovative and Sustainable Mechanisms.“
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