UCLG Africa Annual Retreat (18 -21 February 2019)

Initiated in 2017, the third edition of UCLG Africa’s annual retreat will be held from 18 to 21 February 2019 in Ifrane, at the Conference Center of the University of Al Akhawayne (Morocco).

This retreat provides a space for dialogue to reflect on how best the organization can help its members grow and how to strengthen their organizational capacities and abilities.

The meeting will be attended by all UCLG Africa staff (headquarters , regional offices: West Africa region, East Africa Region,  Southern Africa region and ALGA Ouagadougou) and some partners.

The retreat has four main objectives:

Develop a deeper understanding of the continental context;

– Refine the collective understanding of the purpose of UCLG Africa;

– Collectively assess the current state of the organization with a view to ongoing   improvement;

– Clarify the roles, functions, skills and capacities that UCLG Africa will need to thrive.

The program includes workshop work, round tables and plenary sessions.

Call for Expression of Interest : Campaign# ‘African Cities with Zero Tolerance for Violence against Women and Girls’

I. Campaign Framework

The document is available in PDF

The Campaign# ‘African Cities with Zero Tolerance for Violence against Women and Girls’, organized under the slogan, ‘African cities and territories, it is up to you to act against violence against women and girls,’ is an initiative from the African Network of Locally Elected Women, REFELA, the Standing Committee on Gender Equality of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), which is a pan-African organization with diplomatic status and headquarters in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco.

REFELA was launched in Tangier, Morocco in 2011. It has an executive board of fifteen members representing the five regions of Africa. The presidency of REFELA is held by the city of Bangangté in Cameroon until November 2021, represented by its Mayor, Mrs. Célestine Ketcha-Courtes.

REFELA is in the fight against all forms of gender-based violence against African women and girls, with the support of UCLG Africa and other partners including the Ministry of Solidarity, Family, Equality and Social Development. This fight is one of the priorities for the United Cities and Local and Regional Governments of Africa, as well as a priority for the rest of the world.

To this end, in its three-year action plan for 2019-2021, REFELA proposes the launch of three campaigns:

  • The campaign of African cities with zero tolerance for violence against women
  • The campaign of African cities without street children
  • The African Cities Campaign for Women’s Economic Empowerment.

This call for expressions of interest is addressed to leaders and councils of African cities and local authorities, as well as to their representative associations who volunteer to join the Campaign# ‘African Cities with Zero Tolerance for Violence Against Women and Girls’.

II. Interests of the Campaign#

As demonstrated in the first analytical report on violence against women and girls and progress made in the African context, prepared by the REFELA team and disseminated during Africities 8, (November 2018), the rise of this phenomenon seriously threatens the ideals of good governance in African cities and local territories. A commitment to the fight to end violence against women would make it possible to view African cities differently. It would promote a more egalitarian and fair transition of cities and improve the image of local authorities in line with African and international agendas specific to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls (the ODD5) by 2030.

This persistent phenomenon contradicts the values of respect, equity and justice that are the very foundation of African societies. It challenges African cities in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and more specifically ODD5: Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls by 2030.

In this regard, REFELA members propose the campaign, ‘African Cities with Zero Tolerance for Violence against Women and Girls’, to ensure that the eradication of this scourge by 2030 is high on the agenda of development policies and strategies of African cities and local authorities.

The campaign calls for the free participation of cities and communities that volunteer to become involved. REFELA members are convinced that most of the leaders of African cities and communities will participate, because it is primarily through their ability to seriously address this phenomenon that those responsible for the governance of cities and territories will be judged in their desire to develop more just, egalitarian, inclusive and sustainable cities and communities, in accordance with the prescriptions of the United Nations’ ODD5.

The rejection of injustices and discrimination against women must be the basis for a spirit of solidarity on the part of all women mayors and locally elected representatives and officials gathered within REFELA.  It must include all components of society including civil society organizations, the business community, traditional and religious authorities and partners in interstate or decentralized cooperation engaged in Africa. This is why the ‘Campaign @ African Cities with Zero Tolerance for Violence against Women and Girls’ has been announced as an international and global campaign.

III. Campaign Membership

The presentation of the campaign ‘African Cities with Zero Tolerance for Violence Against Women and Girls’ took place within the framework of the 8th edition of the Africities Summit, which took place November 20 – 24, 2018, in Marrakech, Morocco.

Cities and local authorities and their national associations interested in joining the ‘African Cities with Zero Tolerance for Violence Against Women’ should return the following completed and signed membership form to the UCLG Africa Secretariat no later than April 30th, 2019. Adherents who sign the memoranda of understanding will become active members of the ‘African Cities with Zero Tolerance for Violence against Women and Girls’





UCLG Africa


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Address: 22 Rue Essaadyine, Hassan, Rabat 10000,

Royaume du Maroc

Telephone: +212 537 26 00 62

+212 537 26 00 63

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Membership form is avialable here.

Profile- Diabate Mamou Bamba: An advocate of transparency through the implementation of participatory budgeting

Corruption is a phenomenon that affects different levels of governance: international, national, regional and local. The fight against this phenomenon requires the involvement of different types of stakeholders; first and foremost the leaders of local and regional governments.

In Mali, the year 2018 witnessed the launch of the first edition of the transparency Prize Award of the Accountable Local Governance Program, PGLR (Programme  Gouvernance Locale Redevable). Three local governments were received awards in April 2018: These were Ouenkoro Local Government, 1st (Mopti region), with Mayor Cheick Harouna Sanakre; Dialassagou Local Government, 2nd  (Mopti region), with Mayor Harouna Guindo and Pelengana Local Government 3rd, (Segou Region), headed by Ms Diabaté Mamou Bamba.

Of the 90 local governments that competed for the Award, Pelangana was the only one headed by a woman. The re-elected Mayor (2016 -2nd term), Ms. Diabaté Mamou Bamba, has become accustomed to conducting participative management within her local government. The PGLR’s transparency contest served as a showcase for the local elected official  to receive recognition from her peers.

This does not mean that you will witness Madam Mayor ‘braiding the laurels’. Reserved and attentive, Ms. Diabaté lets her actions speak for her.  At the UCLG Africa regional strategic meeting for the West Africa region (May 29-30, 2018 – Accra, Ghana), the Executive Director of the Association of Municipalities of Mali (AMM), Mr. Youssouf DIAKITE, shared the good news of her rise to power with the participants.

The President of AMM, Mr. Babacar Ba was also very  proud of his colleague stating: “She will share brilliantly her experience with you.”

Speaking with sincerity and confidence, this is a woman who knows her subject. Scarf knotted at the front, Madam Mayor gave the details of the implementation of the Support Program for Decentralization and State Reform (PADRE) in her community.

“This program has six thrusts. A community resource mobilization action plan must be developed. This plan is made by involving the various stakeholders of the local government: members of the civil society, village chiefs, women, tax services, public revenue services, young people,” she explained.

The second thrust consists of conducting a census of the tax base with the same stakeholders. The census will be carried out using software. Following this there will be a distribution of individual tax notices to everyone after which, people will need to agree on a date to meet during the citizen’s day. “During this day everyone is forced to come and pay. The influential people namely, the mayors, the prefects come to pay in front of the other inhabitants of the village. They show thus the good example and the people take it seriously.

The Pelengana rural local government, located in the Ségou region has nearly 56,269 inhabitants (2009). The tax review is conducted on a quarterly basis. This review represents thrust 5 of the program. This action takes place each quarter and consists in convening the different stakeholders and drawing up the inventory of tax collection. It is an opportunity to ask the village chiefs about the difficulties they encounter for the payment of taxes. “When a village head exposes his difficulties, together we reflect on what we can do and we come up with a solution,” she said.

The culmination of the process is the public feedback session during the third quarter, in the presence of the community as well as the institutions. “During the third quarter of a year ‘n,’ we organize the public feedback session of the year n-1. We present the taxes collected and what the community could do with these taxes. We invite again the authorities, some embassies such as the ones of The Netherlands and Germany that we invited in 2016. We also invited AMM and colleague mayors,” (Holder of an Advanced Technician  Diploma in Forestry and Water).

A true leader

To qualify for the award for transparency, the local government presented in detail, the use it made of citizens’ money. The jury undertook a field trip, not for the purposes of assessing the work of a year, but to assess “the management of the preceding three years.” This means that one has to be ready to single out oneself among the 90 local governments out of the 180 which are covered by the program.

The members of the jury noted that the local government was fulfilling its mission regarding the organization of public feedback sessions. There were minutes of meetings, minutes of public feedback. The local population was involved in the preparation of the budget. They noted that nothing was carried out in the local government without the knowledge of the people. They noted an involvement of the various stakeholders, elected officials, village chiefs and the people in the running of the life of the community,” said Ms. Diabate.

Unfortunatley, her local government did not win the first prize, because, “its rate of mobilization of resources did not reach 90%,” claimed Ms Diabate.

Ms Diabate expressed her pleasure as a member of the Network of Local Elected Women of Africa (REFELA) and as a beneficiary for the training in participatory budget. Training has been integral to introducing an inclusive management style in her town hall. “I was able to undergo the participatory budget training with REFELA in Tunisia in 2013. I implemented this in my local government. This was an important and decisive factor in the prize awarded of my local government,” she acknowledged.

REFELA, the UCLG Africa Gender Commission, can count on its representative in Mali to share its expertise. Indeed, the local elected official has a wider vision, employing the motto “train to train.” In the field, she is already busy, working to make other local governments showcases of economic development, like hers.

I call to my fellow mayors, to always move along the line of setting up participatory budget, because trust comes only where there are confidence criteria. How can we take taxpayers’ money and not show them how their money is spent? We have to share information. This is what is missing in Africa. I calll to the women mayors to share their experience. In Mali, I support fellow women mayors during the public feedback exercises. I was in Gadougou 2 Local Government in Kita Circle, it was the first time since the decentralization that there was a feedback session for the people. The latter thought that the money collected in the local government went directly to the circle in Kidal. They realized after this public feedback session that it is with their money that we pay the staff, it is with their money that we pay 10% that the partners request for the investments. This year I asked a question to the mayor on resources mobilization, and she informed me she already succeeded in mobilizing, during the first quarter, 50% of the resources.”


Ms. Diabate is described as “a woman activist  with great experience, who fights tirelessly for the emancipation and empowerment of women in Mali,Mali Web, in 2016. She was named Personality of the Year, by the local press in 2013.  She has held positions Secretary of Training within the Executive Committee of the Association of Municipalities of Mali; President of the Joint Technical Committee of Lux Development in the Ségou region; Representative of the Network of Local Elected Women of Mali and the Network of Local Elected Women of West Africa (REFELA).


Participatory budgeting is a powerful tool in the fight against corruption at the local level for citizens and elected officials, who are at the center of the process. In order to sustain the training of leaders of local and regional governments, UCLG Africa has decided to structure the capacity building component of local elected officials through the operationalization of the African Local Governments Academy (ALGA). The participatory budget college is one training course offered by the academy. A first training session took place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, from 27 February to 01 March 2018.

It should be noted that in Mali, the Accountable Local Governance Program (PGLR), launched in 2015 for a term of 6 years, is funded by the Dutch Embassy to the tune of $16.77 million. The overall objective of the program is to contribute to the development of basic social services by improving the management of local public affairs and setting in motion a sustainable movement (a culture) of Young Citizens, active and engaged in governance; as well as raising the level of accountability of local authorities and public services management bodies in the management of public funds and services.

Call for Expression of Interest : Campaign @African Cities without Street Children

I. Background about the Campaign @African Cities without street children

The document is available in PDF.

The Network of Women Elected officials of subnational and local governments of Africa (REFELA) regroups women members of the political bodies dealing with the governance of city and subnational governments of Africa.

REFELA was launched in Tangiers, Morocco, in 2011. It is managed by an executive Bureau that includes 15 members representing the five regions of Africa. It has national chapters that are called to be the gender equality committee of the national associations of local and subnational governments in each African country. It includes national chapters intended to be the gender equality commission of the national associations of communities. The Chair of REFELA is until November 2018 under the responsibility of the City of Bangangté in Cameroon, represented by its Mayor, Mrs. Celestine Ketcha-Courtes.

REFELA supports the development of Women leadership within African city and subnational governments, as well as the inclusion of the concerns of Women in the definition and implementation of African city and subnational government’s policies and strategies. To that effect, in its triannual action plan for 2019-2021, REFELA proposes to launch three campaigns: 1. A campaign on African Cities without street children; 2. A campaign on African cities to zero tolerance of violence against women’s ; 3. A campaign on Africa Cities favorable to Women’s economic empowerment.

This call for interest is addressed to African city and subnational government’s leaders and councils and their respective national associations, willing to adhere to the Campaign @African Cities without street children.

II. Rationale of the Campaign @African Cities without street children

For REFELA members the rise of the phenomenon of children living in the street in African cities is a serious threat for the branding and good governance of these cities, and shall not be underestimated as is the case currently. This phenomenon shall to the contrary interrogate all of us, as political leaders, as city dwellers, as parents, and as human beings.  Its persistence contradicts the values of solidarity and sharing that are recognized as fundamental values in all African societies.  It damages the capacity of city and subnational governments to meet the sustainable development goal 11 (SDG 11) calling for the development of just, safe, inclusive and sustainable cities and human settlements, where no one is left behind. That is why REFELA members are proposing to launch the Campaign @African Cities without street children in order that addressing this trouble and even eradicating it between now and the year 2030 be among the priorities of policies and strategies of African city and subnational governments.

This campaign calls for a free adhesion of African city and subnational governments willing to participate. REFELA members are however convinced that most city and subnational government’s leaders will choose to adhere, because it is also and probably in the first place against their capacity to seriously address this phenomenon that the political will of African city and subnational government’s leaders to realize the requirements of SDG 11 will be assessed. The fate of children is the cardinal quality against which the human and sustainable character of any society is measured. Placing the item of rejection of injustice and discrimination against children in the local policies is without any doubt one of the most fundamental moral requirements for any city or subnational government, in Africa and elsewhere in the world. This rejection shall be at the basis of a solidarity movement between all, starting with the city and subnational elected officials, but encompassing also all layers of society, including civil society organizations, the business sector, the traditional and religious authorities, and bilateral development partners and partners of the decentralized cooperation active in Africa. This is also why the Campaign @African Cities without street children is meant to be an international global campaign.

In order to give a solid institutional and financial backing to the campaign, the REFELA Bureau members found it useful and necessary to set up: (i) a Steering Committee and a Support Committee that gather a number of internationally reputable women that have shown interest in the cause of children, and (ii) a participatory financing platform (crowdfunding) in order to mobilize contributions and financial support in favor of the campaign across the world.

III. Adhering to the Campaign @African Cities without street children

The official launching of the Campaign @African Cities without street children will happen in the framework of the 8th edition of the Africities Summit that will take place on 20 – 24 November 2018 at the Palais des Congrès in Marrakesh, Morocco. At this occasion, a Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) signing ceremony between participating cities, local and subnational governments, and associations, and UCLG Africa will be organized. MoUs signatories will receive the qualification and certificate of Founding Member of the Campaign @African Cities without street children.

Interested city and local and subnational governments and their associations shall send the following Registration Form to the UCLG Africa Secretariat no later than September 30th, 2018.







Contacts of UCLG Africa

Adress 22 Rue Essaadyine, Hassan, Rabat 10000,

Royaume du Maroc

Telephone +212 537 26 00 62

+212 537 26 00 63

Fax +212 537 26 00 60




(See attached registration form)


REFELA presented at the regional meeting of Souss Massa in Morocco

The General Directorate of Local Authorities (DGCL) of Morocco organized on July 26, 2018 in Agadir in the region of Souss Massa (Morocco), a regional meeting on the theme: “Supporting women leadership for good territorial governance sensitive to gender” .

The meeting was organized in partnership with UN Women, the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Municipal Councils (AMPCC), UCLG Africa and the Moroccan chapter of the Network of Local Elected Women of Africa (REFELA).

Several interventions focused on advances in gender equality and the budget sensitive to gender. REFELA’s Special Advisor of UCLG-Africa, Ms Malika Ghefrane informed more than 120 elected women on the Network, its organization, its vision and its action plan, as well as the Africities 8 summit (20-24 November 2018, Marrakesh, Morocco). “One of the goals of this summit is to give more visibility to African women and make their voices heard for Africa’s transition to more equality and justice,” she said.

The theme of the next Africities summit is “The transition to sustainable cities and territories: the role of local and regional authorities in Africa“.

Read the concept note of the Summit here.

Intermediary Cities adopt the Chefchaouen Declaration-Charter of the Intermediary Cities of the World

The specific character and challenges of intermediary cities have, until recently, received limited attention. Their pivotal role in the achievement of more balanced and sustainable urban development processes, and the reduction of territorial inequalities, makes it imperative that Intermediary Cities become more prominent within the localization processes of all Global Agendas.

In this framework, the UCLG Forum on Intermediary Cities, consolidated as a consultation and policy development process, has adopted the Declaration-Charter of the Intermediary Cities of the World at the first UCLG World Forum of Intermediary Cities – held in the city of Chefchaouen on 5–7 July – which gathered more than 250 participants from 40 different countries.

This first World Forum hosted a dialogue between representatives of governments of Intermediary Cities and other key stakeholders, from a range of international organizations to national and regional governments, and representatives of other types of cities.

Building on the values of solidarity, responsibility and transparency that characterize our century-old world movement, Intermediary Cities committed to contribute to the Global Agendas.

To respond to the challenges raised, Intermediary Cities, with the support of a diverse range of partners, identified a series of strategies and concepts that include a strong recognition of the culture of “good living”, as a key factor to achieve sustainable development. Another important aspect is the inclusion of participatory strategies, with particular emphasis on the participation of women, to acknowledge the needs of the citizenship as the basis of the implementation of the SDGs and other Global Agendas; as well as the creation of mechanisms to enable the development of basic services and infrastructure at the local level to face the growing pressure on Intermediary Cities, making citizens the engine of economic growth at the local level.

Intermediary Cities, and their partners, commit to develop concrete actions in this regard and to work towards a second edition of the UCLG World Forum of Intermediary Cities.

For more information visit the website of the event

Gender and intermediary cities

The Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA) organized a parallel session within the framework of  the First World Forum of Intermediary Cities held from 05 to 07 July in Chefchaouen, Morocco .

The session, which took place on July 7, addressed the topic, Gender and Intermediary Cities. The objective was to ascertain the role women could play to strengthen the development of intermediary cities (population between 500 thousand and 1 million inhabitants).

Moderated by Ms Malika Ghefrane Giorgi, REFELA Special Advisor, UCLG Africa, the session provided the opportunity for panelists to highlight the importance of recruiting more women in local politics in this category of cities. “Intermediary cities are ideal spaces for the emergence of female leadership,” pointed out Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa.

For Mr. Mohamed Sefiani, Mayor of Chefchaouen and President of the World Forum of Intermediary Cities, “The presence of women is of great importance in the intermediary cities. In Chefchaouen, we have two women vice-presidents in the municipal council. We have started to integrate the issue of gender. We will move to more concrete actions in the future to strengthen the participation of women in politics.”

Morocco was highlighted as a good example in terms of an increase in the representation of locally elected women. In 2003, the country had less than 1% of locally elected women. In 2009, thanks to new legislation, the women’s bar of 12.5% ​​was reached. Since the last municipal elections in 2015, Morocco has 21.6% of Moroccan women as elected officials. A situation that, nevertheless, proves there is still some way to go to attain parity.

The Secretary General of UCLG, Ms Emilia Saiz, emphasized the need for the integration of a gender approach. “Why do we want more women in decision-making bodies? It’s because we represent half of the world. It’s enough of a reason! The work for parity will have a place in the Agenda of intermediary cities, which will be adopted during this forum. We need to take action with a comprehensive agenda of intermediary cities with a gender approach.

In Bangui, the capital city of the Central African Republic, there is an encouraging involvement of women in the district local governments. “Of the eight districts in Bangui, four are run by women,” said Ms. Leontine Weya, First Vice President of Bangui City Council.

Ms. Saloua Berdai, First Vice-President of Chefchaouen’s Municipal Council, laid emphasis on a strong involvement of women in the local government in actions relating to resilience, energy and climate change.

In conclusion, the session recommended the consolidation of gains in terms of representation of women in decision-making positions within the intermediary cities.  “Women must encourage young people to get involved in local politics. The REFELA national chapters should promote meetings with the political parties so that the latter propose zebra lists (50% of women and 50% of men) for the elections,” stated Mr. Mbassi.

As concrete actions, REFELA’s action plan focuses on three campaigns, which will be presented at the Africities 8 Summit, from 20 to 24 November 2018 in Marrakesh:

–           Campaign “African cities without street children;”

–           Campaign “Zero tolerance of violence against women in African cities;”

–          Campaign “Encouragement of leadership and economic empowerment of Women in African Cities.”

Read the Declaration of Chefchaouen- the Charter of the Intermediary Cities of the World .

Local and Regional Government are Taking Action to Empower Women

The theme of this year’s European Development Days that took place on June 5th and 6th in Brussels focussed on the empowerment of women and girls. The United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) joined four other major associations of local authorities active in development cooperation: AIMF, CLGF, PLATFORMA, and UCLG. Stand 68 in the EDD Global Village came alive as the partners created a space for us to engage and talk to women and girls across the continent.

Video Link

As Europe’s leading forum on development it provided a great platform to share ideas and experiences through a gender lens. Our aim was to inspire innovative solutions for Africa’s most pressing challenges including urbanization, migration and climate change with women and girls at the heart of our debates and discussions. It also provided UCLG Africa with an opportunity to showcase the ways in which local Africa is responding to the challenge of women’s empowerment and the need for women to be involved in decision-making if we are to “Build the Africa We Want to See,” that encourages the participation of all members and sections of our communities

The Network of Locally Elected Women in Africa (REFELA) was set up by UCLG Africa as a way of engaging and supporting women as representatives at local government level. The Voice of Local Africa is about an inclusive voice for all. If 50% of our population is excluded then building a better unified Africa for All will be a struggle to achieve.

“Invest in a man we will build a family. Invest in a woman and we will build a nation”
EDD 2018 Cities for All, Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director UN Habitat

2017 saw UCLG Africa step up its efforts in this regard with REFELA opening its doors and recruiting country representatives to improve its reach to locally elected women. Stand 68 welcomed Cities Alliance, a close strategic partner, where we received female Mayors from Uganda, Ghana, and Liberia. Roundtable discussions took place with the President of REFELA, Célestine Ketcha Courtés, Mayor of Bangangté in Cameroon and Malika Ghefrane, the REFELA Special Advisor. Each of the three Mayors pledged to work closely with UCLG Africa to set up country chapters for REFELA and to attend the up and coming Africities Summit in Marrakesh in force.

“REFELA is opening up and recruiting country representatives to improve its reach to locally elected women” President of REFELA Célestine Ketcha Courtés, Mayor of Bangangté in Cameroon

UCLGA Africa and its regional teams are committed to listening to not only women’s voices but also the voices of young people. During the live discussions and debates with youth champions on Stand 68 at EDD our Secretary General met and spoke with an award-winning youth blogger, Jean-Luc Habimana around the subject of “Transition Towards Sustainable Development,” which is the theme of this year’s Africities.

Video Link

The Secretary General made a call to action for the youth champion, using the tools of technology that exist at the centre of youth culture globally, to reach, motivate and inspire young people to become part of the story of transition. “Promoting pride and self-esteem” and using the lives of “real young people” on the ground in the cities and territories already making contributions to this transition could inspire and mobilize youth in this vision as “we will not build Africa without the youth.”

“With over 40% of its working age population between the ages of 15 and 24, it is the youngest continent in the world. There are almost 200 million youths in Africa and according to African Economic Outlook, this number will double by 2045.”

Let us all coalesce and make “youth” Africa’s golden opportunity and not our biggest challenge.


The regional strategic meeting of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) for the Western Africa Region will be held at the Tang Palace Hotel in Accra, Ghana, on May 28th and 29th, 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 National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG).

Accra, will host the fourth 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 third first meetings were held in Nairobi, Kenya from 10 to 11 April 2018 for the East Africa region, in Libreville, Gabon from 16 to 17 April 2018 for Central Africa region and in Walvis Bay, Namibia from 7th to 8th May for Southern 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 West Africa
  • The participation of the UCLG Africa members in Western 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 Western 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 Honourable Hajia Alima Maham, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Ghana, in the presence of:

  • Hon. Nii Felix Anang, President of NALAG and Mayor of Tema Metropolitan Assembly
  • 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 Accra are invited to cover the opening ceremony this Monday, May 28, 2018 at 09:00 am at the Tang Palace Hotel in Accra, Ghana and the closing press briefing on Tuesday, May 29 at the same venue at 04:15 pm.

The last UCLG Africa regional strategic meetings will take place in 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

Em Ekong: Tel: + 44 7801 701 675


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