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.

UCLG Africa joins AfDB’s “Africa NDC Hub”

The pan-African organization, United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), is pleased to inform its members, partners and collaborators of its accession to the ‘Africa NDC Hub.’

The Africa NDC Hub is a platform created by the African Development Bank (AfDB), which serves as a pool of resources for African countries, together with local and international, public and private institutions. Its aim is to support the 54 African countries implement their respective NDCs and thus fulfill their commitments under the Paris Agreement.

UCLG Africa is the first local authority organization to join the Africa NDC Hub. This is of great importance given the fact that African cities are the most threatened by climate change. In fact, of the top 10 most endangered cities, 8 are African, with Bangui (RCA) and Monrovia (Liberia) topping the list, according to the 2018 Climate Change Vulnerability Index .

Through this membership, members of ULCG Africa will receive new operational support in the fight against climate change, after the establishment of UCLG Africa’s Climate Task Force, launched in 2017 at COP23 in Bonn, Germany.

This support to African local governments will focus on three strategic areas   :

  1. Promoting long-term climate action at the local level.
  • Increasing the capacity of Africans cities and territories to ensure access to services in line with low-carbon and resilient development;
  • Aligning and integratinglocal policies in the process of implementation of the NDCs (Promoting vertical governance and political ownership);
  • Increasing visibility of local governments’ action for climate actions.
  1. Mobilizing the various means of implementation for the territorialization of the NDCs:
  • Having access to the best approaches and practices in terms of project structuring as well as mechanisms for cooperation and exchange of knowledge;
  • Improving the technical capacity and the capacity to mobilize resources for financing climate projects.
  1. Coordination, advocacy and partnerships for effective integration of local communities into the NDCs implementation process.
  • Advocacy for better direct access of African local governments to climate finance by setting up a window in the Green Climate Fund dedicated to African cities and territories;
  • Promoting the role of African cities and territories as essential links in achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement.

The integration of UCLG Africa into this coalition is also part of the strengthening of our organization’s strategic partnership with the AfDB and also as part of UCLG Africa’s positioning within the African and global climate ecosystem with a view to highlighting its planned or existing initiatives, aiming at supporting local elected officials in their fight against climate change.

Other partners of the Africa NDC Hub   include: the African Union Commission (AUC), the Economic Commission for United Nations Africa (ECA), the Agency’s planning and coordination of NEPAD, the United Nations Food and Agriculture (FAO), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Program   (UNEP), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the French Development Agency (AFD), 4C MOROCCO, Global Green Growth Initiative (GGGI), the International Trade Center (ITC), and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB).


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Working Group on Capacity and Institution Building – Webinar on Measuring Municipal Capacity

How do you define municipal sustainability and how do you engage national and local stakeholders in this discussion? Defining and measuring change in organizational capacity is a foundational element of effective programming with the municipal sector.

We are excited to share that the CIB Working group will facilitate a webinar on measuring municipal capacity on 19 February, 15h00- 16h00 (CET). We would like to invite you to participate.

The webinar will convey a conversation among CIB members who are seeking to improve how they measure progress in their programmes, together with project beneficiaries. Presenters will share their approach, ideas and tools related to measuring municipal capacity, followed by a facilitated discussion to compare approaches and deepen the conversation.

Discussion topics:

  • How do you define municipal sustainability? What is the “end game” of your project?
  • What tools and approaches do you use to measure the capacityof municipal institutions? What are the main elements/dimensions of the organizational model you promote?
  • How do you engage national and local stakeholdersin that discussion? How do your model and measurement support their own learning?
  • What indicators do you use in your log frames and performance framework to monitor/report on organizational development?

Panelists & Moderator:

  • Mbali Mahlobo, Program Manager, Intergovernmental Relations at South African Local Government Association (SALGA)
  • Rikard Eduards, Programme Officer, Municipal Partnership Programme, Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD)
  • Mr Ramon Canal, Director of the Technical Programming Office, Barcelona City Council
  • (Moderator) Pascal Lavoie, Program Manager, Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)

We look forward to your active involvement in this webinar! You can subscribe by using this link (click ‘registration’ on the left side of the web page). For any additional questions, feel free to email


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’





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Forum: Cities and Regions for Development Cooperation 2019: UCLG Africa will reflect on the theme: ‘Cooperate around Migration’

Brussels will host the forum: ‘Cities and Regions for Development Cooperation’ on February 4 – 5, 2019. Jointly organized by the European Commission and the European Committee of the Regions, the Forum will bring together European institutions and Local and Regional Authorities from the EU and partner countries with the aim of strengthening policy dialogues between these bodies.

UCLG Africa will take an active part in the event with a delegation led by its secretary general, Mr Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi. On the first day, February 4th he will act as rapporteur for the open debate on partnerships for sustainable urban development. On the second day of the forum, February 5th, UCLG Africa In Partnership with The International Institute of Administrative Science (IISA) & the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) will organize a side event on the theme, ‘Cooperate around Migration’.

Migration is one of the primary challenges facing African local authorities on a daily basis. During the 8th edition of the Africities Summit (November 20-24, 2018), African local authorities adopted the  Charter of Local and Subnational Governments of Africa on Migration where they agreed, on the one hand to, “enforce the rights of migrants in its locality, to facilitate their peaceful integration into hosting communities and to promote cohesion and conviviality between the hosting communities and the migrant populations,” and on the other hand, to draw the attention of National Governments to the fact that it is this ability to engage in free movement that stabilizes migratory flows and therefore request that National Governments facilitate the provision of legal entry and circulation visas to migrant populations in order to dry up the source of illegal and irregular migrations.

The main objective of the side event “Cooperate around Migration,” is to engage in dialogue about the content of the Charter and on strategies that can make migration a real opportunity for the different actors and stakeholders involved.

Specific objectives and expected results include to :

  • Situate the position and role of the regional and local governments in the global, African and European dialogue on migration;
  • Highlight the role and responsibilities of cities and territories in the management of migration flows and the reception of refugees and migrants, whether in countries of origin, transit or reception;
  • Identify and discuss good practices in governance and management of migration at the local level, including identifying the capacity building needs of local elected officials;
  • See to what extent partnership and decentralized cooperation can be strategic levers to change the perception of crisis migration to migration-opportunity;
  • Establish joint and concerted actions at territorial and local level to meet the needs of refugees and local populations and to meet international commitments;
  • Identify strategic areas to be pursued by European and African local and regional governments and articulate political dialogue with European authorities, particularly in the framework of the Post-Cotonou negotiation, which will include a fundamental chapter on migration.

Read the concept note of the side event. 

Register to participate

Visit the website of the Forum

Date and venue:
February 5, 2019, from 14:30 to 18:00. Venue: The Headquarters of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), Street “Rue du Commerce 96”, 1040, Brussels, Belgium, Room C121.

Contact persons:

Dr Najat Zarrouk, Director of the African Local Government Academy of UCLG Africa

Email :

Mobile : +212 (0)661 120 552

Ms Lova Ramilijaona, of ALGA

Email :

Mobile: +212 (0) 658 33 30 27

Signing of a Headquarters Agreement Between the Government of Burkina Faso and UCLG-Africa for the Establishment of ALGA-Ouagadougou

The Government of Burkina Faso and United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), represented respectively by His Excellency Mr. Alpha BARRY, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi,

The Government of Burkina Faso and United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), represented respectively by His Excellency Mr. Alpha BARRY, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General, signed a Headquarters Agreement on behalf of the African Local Government Academy (ALGA) on Friday, November 30, 2018, in the premises of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

The Headquarters Agreement lays down the rules on which the African Local Government Academy (ALGA) is established and operates in Burkina Faso, including the privileges and immunities arising from its establishment in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

On behalf of the Government of Burkina Faso, His Excellency Mr. Alpha BARRY, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, reiterated the willingness of the Burkinabe Government to support this initiative and to surround it with all the conditions for success. He thanked the Secretary General, and through him UCLG Africa, for this show of confidence in Burkina-Faso, which will now house the ALGA headquarters for the French-speaking countries of West and Central Africa.

The Secretary General of UCLG Africa, Mr. Jean Pierre Elong MBASSI, welcomed the commitment of the Burkinabe Government to UCLG Africa and wished that this Academy be a reference in the sub-region in terms of professionalization of human resources of the Local and Subnational Governments.

For the record, this Headquarters Agreement follows the Partnership Agreement signed on December 21, 2016 between UCLG Africa and the Ouagadougou Commune in Rabat, Morocco, defining the modalities of cooperation for the implementation of ALGA’s activities in French-speaking West and Central Africa.

As a reminder, ALGA-Ouagadougou has taken over and is now developing the activities of the former International Center for the Training of Local Stakeholders (CIFAL) in Ouagadougou created in June 2003 under the auspices of the Ouagadougou City Council,

registered in 2007 in the worldwide network of Centers accredited by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and funded by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF).

This Headquarters Agreement will enhance the achievements of this reference center through the revitalization of its activities and the implementation of ALGA’s Action Plan in the two regions concerned.

The two (2) parties welcomed this Agreement and expressed their common desire to work towards strengthening these relations with a view to contributing significantly to the development of skills and improving the performance of the human resources of the local and subnational governments of Africa.

Done in Ouagadougou on November 30, 2018.

COP24: UCLG Africa Statement at the Global Climate Action High-Level Event

Statement by the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) at the Global Climate Action High-Level Event on December 4th 2018 at 10:00-11:30 during COP24 in Katowice, Poland.

The United Cities and Local Governments of Africa is the umbrella organization representing the voice of over 16,000 local and subnational governments of the African continent.

UCLG Africa as many other key stakeholders do participate to the collective effort to combat climate change through the implementation of the NDCs.

UCLG Africa is aware of the renewed alert by IPCC Experts that the implementation of NDCs as currently defined, direct us towards a global warming of about 3 degrees Celsius, above the 2 degrees defined as the limit to avoid climate chaos.

UCLG Africa also shares the warning of the UN Secretary General that we only have two years left to act before the climate trajectory becomes irreversible.

UCLG Africa members therefore pledge to participate in this ambition to limit the global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius notably by promoting the implementation of Locally Determined Contributions (LDCs) extending and complementing the NDCs.

UCLG Africa members encourage public and private actors involved in climate finance, and specifically the Green Climate Fund, to direct significant financial flows to local and subnational governments.

To this end UCLG Africa hopes to see a “Readiness 2.0” program being defined and implemented with a view to supporting cities and local/subnational governments to prepare and submit funding proposals eligible for the Green Climate Fund and the other instruments of Climate Finance.


Marrakech Declaration of the Authorities of Local and Subnational Governments of Africa Concerning the Urgency of a Territorial Climate Action

We local and regional elected representatives of Africa, gathered this Thursday, November 22, 2018 in Marrakech, Kingdom of Morocco, within the framework of the First edition of the Climate Day during the Eighth edition of the Africities Summit organized in preparation for the United Nations Climate Conference COP24 to be held from December 03 to December 14, 2018 in Katowice, Republic of Poland,

Aware of the alert renewed by the international scientific community and concerned by the urgency highlighted again in the IPCC report of October 08, 2018 concerning the effects of global warming of 1.5 degrees compared to the pre-industrial era,

Noting that this IPCC report has emphasized the need for an extremely fast and ambitious transitions, especially in the areas of energy, transport, construction and agriculture to avoid exceeding 1.5 degrees of anthropogenic global warming, and that in order to achieve this goal the world must achieve carbon neutrality by 2050,

Noting that the reality of the current commitments made by the States Parties to the UNFCCC in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) does not make it possible to fit within a trajectory that is compatible with an increase in temperatures below 1.5 degrees Celsius or 2 degrees Celsius by 2100, which are the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate, but that, on the contrary, current trajectories direct us towards a warming around 3 degrees, with catastrophic consequences for Humanity, with a particularly devastating and even existential impact for African societies,

Recalling the need to learn from the limitations of the Kyoto Protocol and in particular the fact that local and subnational communities and governments were not included as participatory stakeholders, which significantly delayed the global establishment of a virtuous moment in terms of local mobilization, which is nonetheless necessary and efficient,

Emphasizing the fact that the bulk of the global climate policy decisions are made and applied at the territorial level, making local authorities and actors the driving force in the overall transformation towards a green economy, sustainable development and a climate-resilient and environment-friendly human civilization;

Recalling the recent commitments and declarations of local and regional elected representatives in favor of the Climate, including, among others   : the Declaration of the Summit of Cities and Regions of Africa in Yamoussoukro , Côte d’Ivoire (June 2015)   ; the Declaration of the World Climate Summit and Territories in Lyon, France (July 2015)   ;  the Declaration of Local and Regional Elected Officials for Climate’s Summit in Paris, France (December 2015)   ; the Declaration of local and Regional Elected Officials of Africa adopted during the Preparatory Forum for COP 22 held in Cotonou, Benin ( September 2016)   ; the Road Map for the Action of the Cities and Regions of the World for Climate adopted at COP 22 in Marrakech , Morocco (November 2016)   ;  the Declaration of Elected Officials  of Local and Regional Africa adopted at the Summit Climate Chance held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (June 2018)   ; and the Declaration of Action World Summit on Climate adopted in San Francisco, USA (July 2018)   ;

Declare the following:

Africities 8 – The Highlights

An unprecedented participation of 8300 participants represented more than 77 countries, including 53 African countries and nearly 3,000 local elected representatives, mayors and other leaders of local and subnational governments. The Africities Summit 2018 in Marrakech has proven itself to be the most important democratic gathering in Africa.

 The Africities Summit gave a voice to local authorities. Thanks to that recognition, the idea that local Africa will change Africa is making headway’, said Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa).

20 years of the Africities Summit was celebrated and highlighted with the presentation of the UCLG Africa anthem, composed by David André, Mayor of the City of Victoria, Seychelles, and Vice President of UCLG Africa.

An opening ceremony marked by the inaugural conference of Professor Felwine Sarr, from the Gaston Berger University in Saint Louis (Senegal) whose subject, “African Cities: signs, lineaments, configuration of possibilities” invites people to consider cities as places for the production of meanings which inform us about our social, political and imaginary reality.


The closing ceremony of the Africities 8 Summit was marked by the reading of the Royal Message by Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem, who, on this occasion, officially launched the pan-African campaign,  African cities without street children.”

The initiative from the Network of Locally Elected Women in Africa, (REFELA), UCLG Africa’s Gender Equality Commission, is supported by the National Observatory for the Rights of Children (ONDE) of Morocco. 20 cities in Africa have already subscribed to this campaign, including the city of Rabat, which will serve as the pilot city for the campaign in Morocco. For the implementation of this campaign, three memoranda of understanding have been signed between ONDE and UNICEF in support of this international campaign between ONDE and UCLG Africa. The campaign will be implemented across the continent by UCLG Africa; and between ONDE, the City of Rabat and four ministerial departments of the government for the national campaign in Morocco.

(Attached – ONDE press release, photos and footage available with the MAP press agency – contact: 0021 2661114798)

The political segment of the Summit started on November 23 with a round table on city diplomacy introduced by Denis Coderre, former Mayor of Montreal, Canada, with the participation of panelists including, Her Excellency Catherine Samba-Pandza, former Head of State of the Central African Republic and former Mayor of the city of Bangui.

Several recommendations and proposals emerged from the 160 sessions held across the 5 days under the general theme   “The transition to sustainable cities and territories: the role of local and sub-national governments of Africa”.  All of the recommendations and proposals were submitted to ministers, mayors and leaders of local governments and development partners for consideration and adoption at the meeting of ministers, the general meeting of UCLG Africa, and the meeting of development partners, which were organized in parallel during the afternoon of November 23. The political segment ended on the morning of November 24, with a tripartite dialogue meeting between ministers, mayors and development partners.


UCLG Africa’s Executive Committee held its elections at which The City of Libreville, represented by its Mayor, Mrs. Rose Christiane Ossouka-Raponda was elected as the new President of UCLG Africa for a term of 3 years, which will end at the next general assembly scheduled for 2021. In addition, the city of Bagangte, Cameroon, represented by its Mayor, Celestine Ketcha-Courtès, was re-elected as President of REFELA.


Amongst the special events of the Summit, it is worth mentioning the meetings held between the mayors and locally elected officials of Africa and their counterparts in Asia-Pacific, mainly from China and Japan; and the meeting between the mayors and leaders of local and regional governments in Africa and their African American counterparts.  The African American network of mayors announced that, “400 years after crossing the Door of No Return, where the first boat left the shores of Africa bound for the Americas carrying children of Africa, it is now time to consider starting the opposite wave, by opening, at the initiative of the mayors and leaders of the local and regional governments of Africa, the “Door of Return” to the African Americans of the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America and declaring that Africities is the right place to launch this mobilization for the Road of Return.


The summary of the sessions and recommendations of the Africities 2018 Summit can be seen on the Summit or you can download it  here .

Three special days were organized during the Summit: Migration Day on November 21; Climate Day on November 22 and Urban Planning Day on November 23.

 The Migration Day recalled the crucial role of local and subnational governments in managing migration; and the urgent need to make them stakeholders in the negotiation of the Global Compact on Migration, which must be concluded at the United Nations Conference on Migration, due to take place between December 8-11, in Marrakesh.

Climate Day emphasized the urgency of involving local and subnational governments in the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and even considering Locally Determined Contributions (LDC’s) if, as is desirable, local and subnational governments plan to participate in the Paris Agreement ambitions to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees by the end of the century with respect to the pre-industrial period. In this context, the localization of NDCs is essential and UCLG Africa is asked to develop and implement a capacity-building program for its members, so that they have a climate plan and are able to prepare applications that are eligible for the Green Climate Fund (GCF). UCLG Africa is also asked to broaden the scope of its Climate Task Force to spearhead the climate action of African local governments. A Declaration was adopted at the end of the proceedings of the Climate Day.

The Urban Planning Day focused on urban planning as a basic tool for transitioning to sustainable cities and territories. It reiterated the importance of setting up urban agencies to monitor the dynamics of urbanization and to put in place a framework for dialogue between all actors to define the allocation and policies around the use of urban space in respect of ecological constraints. The day resulted in the signing of eight partnership agreements between 14 African cities in Morocco and their sisters in Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Senegal, Uganda, Tunisia and Cameroon, with the technical support of the Association of Urban Agencies of Morocco, the Moroccan “Al Omrane” Holding, the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), and the United Nations Program for Human Settlements (UN-Habitat).

Partnership agreements for urban planning and the establishment of urban agencies have been entered into between: the cities of Dakar  (Senegal) and Rabat (Morocco); Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) and Casablanca (Morocco); Yaoundé (Cameroon) and Marrakech; Jinja (Uganda) and Essaouira (Morocco); Sousse  (Tunisia) and El Jadida; Rufisque  (Senegal) and Dakhla; and Abomey (Benin) and Al Hoceima.

Another remarkable fact is the launch of the celebration of the African Capitals of Culture, aiming at giving  back to the continent’s cultural and artistic expressions the place and the role they deserve in the building,  integration and unity of Africa. The City of Marrakech has been unanimously designated to be the African Capital of Culture in 2020.

The Summit highlighted two key players, without whom the transition to sustainable cities and territories cannot be envisioned in Africa:  they are women and youth. 25 percent of Summit sessions were dedicated to gender issues, including the fight against violence against women; and the economic empowerment of women.

The Youth Forum  – Twenty young people aged 16 to 35 were selected on the basis of a call for ideas to participate in a Creative Lab on the theme, “Imagine your city and imagine Africa in 2030 and 2063“. These young people were invited to submit their projects to the delegates of the Summit, using the Africities new innovative voting platform, of which three projects would be awarded. The following three projects were the successful recipients of the Creative Lab awards:

First prize: Yvette Ishinwe, from Rwanda, for her project on the use of new technologies for optimal use of drinking water at standpipes (Iriba tap and drink innovation);

Second Prize: Zaheer Allam, from Mauritius, for her smart urban regeneration project;

Third Prize: Oulimata Sourang, from Senegal, for her E-Learning Assistant project.


Climate Initiatives Trophies  – A further competition was organized and also decided by the voting of delegates at the Summit: the Climate Initiatives Trophies celebrating cities and territories that have implemented the most remarkable actions in the fight against climate change. These were awarded to three categories of cities and territories.

For the small towns category  (less than 20,000 inhabitants), the winner was the Municipality of Ndiob (Senegal) for the implementation of its “green and resilient commune” project;

For the category of cities and territories of intermediate size (between 20,000 and 200,000 inhabitants), the laureate is the City of Chefchaouen in Morocco, for the realization of its “Energy Info Center”.

For the category of cities and large territories, the laureate is the Tivaouane Departmental Council (Senegal) for the implementation of its project “Preserving a sustainable agricultural environment”.

The Africities Exhibition, which was organized simultaneously, saw the participation of 84 exhibitors, coming from Morocco (39 exhibitors), other regions of Africa (29 exhibitors from 11 countries), Europe (14 exhibitors from 6 countries), from Asia (1 exhibitor from South Korea), and from America (1 exhibitor from Canada).

The Projects and Partnership Exchange Forum  – The Africities Exhibition gave the opportunity to effectively organize 150 B2B appointments out of the 512 requested by the delegates, who came from 44 countries. These B2B appointments led to 129 requests for partnerships, 40 proposed solutions to problems that delegates deemed urgent, and 39 projects identified as needing immediate implementation.

Best Exhibition Stand – As part of the Exhibition, a competition was also organized concerning the best booth. The results of this competition were:

Stands presenting the most innovative offer:

– Ragni SAS – Street lighting (France)

– Anemoi Magnova – Fans for large public spaces (Spain)

Stands with the best design:

– City of Marrakech (Morocco)

– United Cities and Local Governments (Barcelona)

Liveliest Stands:

– National Initiative for Human Development, INDH (Morocco)

– Special Fund for Intermunicipal Intervention and Equipment, FEICOM (Cameroon)

These awards were announced at the awards ceremony during the closing Gala Dinner held on November 24, 2018 at 20:00 in the Menara Gardens in Marrakech.

Delegates paid tribute to King Mohammed VI of Morocco for agreeing to grant his High Patronage to the eighth edition of the Africities Summit and thanked the Government of Morocco, the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Communal Councils, and the City and administrative authorities of Marrakech who made every effort to ensure that the Africities Summit took place in excellent conditions.

The call was made for the ninth edition of the Africities Summit, scheduled for 2021, to be hosted by Kisumu, Kenya.

See you in Kisumu Kenya for Africities 9 in 2021!

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Africities 8 Summit : Summary of sessions and recommendations

The general theme for the Summit is “The transition to sustainable cities and territories, the role of African local and regional authorities”. This theme reconciles the need to provide concrete responses to the demands of the populations for the improvement of their conditions and living environment, with the need to adapt to an environment marked by climate change and the growing divorce between expansive growth models and the impossibility of continuing to borrow from natural resources at the rate that such models do impose, under threat of jeopardizing the lives of future generations. Africa will become the world’s largest home to humans in just less than two generations. The continent can and must take the path of sustainable development now, especially in its cities and territories, because it is the region of the world that is the least entrenched in the globalized economy, and therefore most likely to branch off to a more sober economy in terms of borrowing and discharges into the natural environment, an economy that is fairer and more socially inclusive.

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