Local Elected Women of Africa in the spotlight in Egypt

The first meeting of the Bureau of the Network of Locally Elected Women and Territorial Leaders of Africa (REFELA), was held on June 17, 2019, in Cairo, Egypt. The meeting was officially opened by Mr. Mahmoud Shaarawy, Minister of Local Development of Egypt, in the presence of Mrs. Manal Awad, Governor of Damietta; Mrs. Fatna El Khiel, Secretary of State for Housing in Morocco and Vice-President of North Africa for REFELA; Mr. Mohamed Boudra, Vice-President of UCLG Africa for North Africa; and Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa.

The meeting’s agenda included:

– The adoption of REFELA’s three-year work plan for the period 2019-2021;

– The participation of REFELA members in the UCLG World Congress, to be held from

November 11-15, 2019 in Durban, South Africa;

– The election of the President of REFELA;

– The election of the Vice President of REFELA for the Central Africa Region;

– The installation of the national chapter of REFELA in Egypt.

The REFELA Three-Year Plan for the period 2019-2021 provides for:

– The broadening of the implementation of REFELA national chapters in all African countries.

– The launch of activities of the three campaigns adopted by the Network’s General Assembly

at the Africities Summit held in Marrakech, Morocco in November 2018, namely: (1) The

campaign for African Cities without Street Children, sponsored by Princess Lalla Meryem of

Morocco; (2) the campaign for African Cities’ Zero Tolerance to Violence Against Women

and Girls; and (3) the campaign for African cities in favor of women’s economic

empowerment and female leadership;

– The elaboration of the Charter of Local and Regional Authorities for Gender Equality in


  • The mobilization of funding for the implementation of activities provided for REFELA’s Three-Year Plan (2019-2021).

REFELA had 23 national chapters at the close of 2018. The objective is to increase this figure to 36 by the end of 2020 and to have chapters in all African countries by the end of 2021.

In order to comply with the requirements to include at least 30 per cent of women on the lists of candidates for the UCLG World Council, it has been proposed to include the 15 members of the REFELA Executive Board amongst the 45 candidates that Africa intends to present to sit on the UCLG World Council for the period 2020-2022.

In accordance with REFELA’s Internal Regulations, Mrs. Dao Macoura, Mayor of Foumbolo in Côte d’Ivoire, Vice President of REFELA for the West African Region, was elected President of REFELA for the period 2019-2021, replacing Mrs. Célestine Ketcha-Courtes who became a member of the Government in Cameroon. Mrs. Mboula, wife Essame Elise Henriette, was elected Vice President of REFELA for the Central African Region for the same period.

The REFELA Bureau installed the national chapter of REFELA in Egypt, whose President is Mrs. Manal Awad, Governor of Damietta.

In her inaugural speech as President of REFELA, Mrs. Dao stated:

“First of all, let me thank the people and authorities of Egypt for the quality of the welcome we have received since our arrival in Cairo. I would particularly like to thank His Excellency the President of the Republic of Egypt and convey to him the sincere congratulations of the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa for his brilliant election as President of the African Union. I would also like to thank the Egyptian government for encouraging and supporting the establishment of a national chapter of REFELA in Egypt (…) I would like to recall that the leitmotif of REFELA is to promote greater participation of women in the governance of local authorities and a better integration of women’s concerns into the policies pursued in our cities and territories (…) The statutes of UCLG Africa stipulate that wherever there is a national association of local authorities, the national chapter of REFELA must be considered as the permanent “Gender Equality” commission of the said national association. The fact that Egypt has accepted the establishment of a national chapter of REFELA reassures us of Egypt’s willingness to take better account of women’s place and concerns in the governance of Egypt’s cities and territories. We would like to congratulate the women leaders and members of the territorial assemblies of Egypt for this noble initiative and assure them of the constant support of the REFELA Executive Board.”

REFELA Egypt was officially installed by the new President of REFELA, Mrs. Macoura Coulibaly Dao; Mrs. Fatna El Khiel, Secretary of State for Housing in Morocco and Vice-President of North Africa for REFELA; and Mr. Mohamed Boudra, Vice-President of UCLG Africa for North Africa. They congratulated its President, Mrs. Manal Awad, Governor of Damietta, for the extraordinary work accomplished since the 8th Africities Summit in Marrakech, November 2018, to unite Egyptian women leaders from local authorities within REFELA Egypt.

Dr. Maya Mosi, President of the National Council of Women of Egypt, has made commitments to improve the representation of women on the executives of Egypt’s governorates and in all elected councils of Egyptian cities and local authorities, following the example of other African countries.

To mark the event organized in Cairo, Mrs. Chrystel Limbourg Iwenga, 2nd Deputy Mayor of Libreville in Gabon, President of UCLG Africa, presented a memoire on behalf of all the women mayor leaders and local elected representatives of Africa, to the President of REFELA, Mrs. Macoura Coulibaly Dao; Mrs Fatna El Khiel, Secretary of State for Housing in Morocco and Vice-President of North Africa for REFELA; Dr. Maya Mosi, President of the National Council of Women of Egypt, and Mrs. Manal Awad, Governor of Damiette, President of REFELA-Egypt.


A Continent wide Development Program African Captials of Culture 

In a holistic approach, based on the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development Goals signed in 2015 by 193 countries and its 17 objectives (SDGs), UCLG Africa wishes to propose to its members and their regional, national and international partners, a program entitled: African Capitals of Culture

African Capitals of Culture is positioning itself as a strategic tool for African local and regional governments, to support cities and their rural constituents in responding to the challenges posed by the six areas of transition set out at the 8th Africities Summit (Marrakech 2018).  African Capitals of Culture reflects the sustainable development goals recounted at the international summits of the African Union and the United Nations.

The establishment of African Capitals of Culture aims to:
• Structure, empower and network with the cultural and creative actors of the African continent;
• Develop public and private ecosystems that will make them culturally independent and economically autonomous, sustainable and viable.

The ambition of African Capitals of Culture is to affirm and promote the continent’s cultural identity and the cultural re-appropriation of Africa, by and for themselves.

Africa is the cradle of humanity. Its unparalleled cultural depth has faded. It is time to revive and regain pride in it.

Africa is the key to the future. In all areas of transition it faces issues crucial to the future of humanity and the future shape of its civilizations. These problems are of an unprecedented complexity, which is why Africa cannot borrow its solutions from anyone.

Celebrating African culture through a network of capitals means encouraging and organizing these solutions, through its youth, with a unique vitality and the singular urban cultures it gives rise to. It means restoring to Africans the awareness and control of their creative power and their destiny. Cities, with the fabric of the regional areas they create, are at the level of action that makes it possible to articulate a proximity policy and a global affirmation strategy.

Every three years, the Organizing Committee of African Capitals of Culture will highlight the creativity of the continent through its cities, not only of the city declared as the capital.
An African Capital of Culture city celebrates Africa and Africa celebrates it. The event is not solely reserved for the chosen city, but opens up to pan-African programing and the visibility of creative initiatives from other cities on the continent. All African cities, local and regional governments can therefore be partners.

The partners of an African Capital of Culture city will be able to support artists and creators from their territory, every three years. Partners in other development programs will also network with the continent’s talents and cities. In the interval between two African Capitals of Culture, the organizing committee will support the development of nine programmatic axes. The Committee’s action is therefore permanent, based on a public/private model, both in terms of structuring initiatives and financing.


The Organizing Committee of African Capitals of Culture may:
• Provide cities, interested in the African Capital of Culture label, with expertise and advice, in order to prepare their future applications by first, developing the necessary creative fabric.
• Provide cities and local and regional governments, wishing to increase their specific creative potential, with targeted advice, and connect them, where appropriate, with model operators in the sector concerned;
• Integrate their operators, administrative and elected officials into training programs and workshops;
• Integrate, after examining motivations and projects, artistic and creative initiatives into the multi-year programs managed by the organizing committee and, in this case, support their funding;
• Support the financing of the arrival of artists, creators and projects led by African local and regional governments;
• Include representatives of local and regional authorities in the discussions on cultural and creative policies.

Cultural development is not in vain: it generates many benefits. African Capitals of Culture is a program promoted at the international level. The impact, in terms of image and visibility, is significant. The tourism and economic benefits are equally important.
Participating in the momentum of African Capitals of Culture also makes it possible to structure its territory, to think strategically about urban development, to involve populations and to offer them both general and concrete perspectives: to build employment, create, reactivate or develop sectors adapted to the assets of the territory, and to connect its active youth to the dynamics of the continent.

Cities and local and regional governments can contribute to the action of the organizing committee and to the success of this great ambition for Africa:
• By relaying the institutional and general communication of the organizing committee.
• By pointing out the creative initiatives of their territories;
• By formally becoming a partner of the organizing committee;
• By providing multi-year financial and/or logistical support for projects in its territory selected by the organizing committee, which will provide additional funding;
• By providing financial and/or logistical support for artistic, cultural and creative projects to be presented as part of an African Capital of Culture, with the organizing committee and its partners providing additional funding where appropriate;
• By declaring and preparing its application, in liaison with the organizing committee, to become the next African Capital of Culture.

At the instigation of Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, General Secretary of UCLG Africa, meetings involving experts have been taking place since 2017. These have led to the development of a project framework, since the spring of 2018, and to the decision to present a program, “African Capitals of Culture,” initiated during the Africities 8 summit held in Marrakech.

On November 22, 2018, at the 8th Africities Summit, the Honorary President of African Capitals of Culture, Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, along with the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the African Capitals of Culture, Adama Traoré, and the President of the Marrakech Commune, Mohamed Larbi Belcaid, formalized the birth of African Capitals of Culture and declared Marrakech as the first African Capital of Culture.

February 22, 2019: African Capitals of Culture and the Marrakech Commune signed the Marrakech 2020 Convention’s African Capital of Culture. The first edition of African Capitals of Culture will take place from January 1 to December 31, 2020.


The organizing committee of African Capitals of Culture, is piloted by a steering committee, a high council and an operational committee
The steering committee validates the general orientation of African Capitals of Culture and represents the organizing committee to public and private bodies. Chaired by Mr. Adama Traoré who appointed Mr. Khalid Tamer as its General Manager, the steering committee includes personalities recognized for their expertise and capacity for action, as well as representatives of major public organizations, in particular: Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, as representative of UCLG Africa.
The High Council brings together those recognized for their independence and for their knowledge of the continent’s issues. It is responsible for ensuring respect for the fundamental values ​​that will guide the actions of African Capitals of Culture and to encourage deep reflection of the issues.
The operational committee relays the decisions and the vision of the steering committee. It associates with representatives from the host cities editions, the chairman of the committee of sponsors and major public partners associated with the operations for African Capitals of Culture funding as well as monitoring large blocks of programs.

The organizing committee has the opportunity to tap into a resource pool of consultants, disciplinary specialists to enrich its thinking, and potentially feed the programing of an edition.

Join the UCLG Africa and ALGA Lab Debate during the EDD 2019 in Brussels, June 18.

The European Development Days (EDD) 2019 will be held from June 18 – 19, in Brussels. This year’s EDD is entitled, “Addressing inequalities: building a world which leaves no one behind.”

Organized by the European Commission, the EDD is a participatory program that brings the development community together annually to share ideas and experiences that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

UCLG Africa will be actively participating in the event and can be located at Stand 47 in the Global Village City Hall.  Stand 47 will be a special place dedicated to local authorities, represented by five major associations of local and regional governments active in development cooperation: AIMF, CLGF, PLATFORMA (CEMR), UCLG and UCLG Africa.

These associations signed a Framework Partnership Agreement with the European Commission in 2015. Through this partnership, the EU recognized the role of towns and regions as policy and decision-makers in addressing global challenges and in implementing shared global agendas at local level. Together, the five networks of local and regional governments address inequalities as a transversal dimension of sustainable development, local governance and economic growth.

To represent the voices of the African continent, UCLG Africa will organize a Lab Debate around the theme: “Addressing inequalities and building a local Africa, leaving no one behind.” The Lab Debate will be an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas that pave a way in the creation of an “enabling environment” for local and regional governments in Africa to redress inequalities and to move towards a positive, inclusive, sustainable and resilient transformation that leaves no one behind.

The keys objectives of the Lab Debate are to:

  • Create a consensus around the causes of inequalities in Africa, particularly at local levels, which cannot be redressed or reduced without the responsible, strong and effective involvement of regional and local authorities;
  • Shape the role and responsibilities of the regional and local authorities, besides other actors and stakeholders, in facing and reducing territorial inequalities;
  • Agree on the main pillars of an enabling environment that leaves no one behind;
  • Build bridges for “win-win” partnerships to empower regional and local authorities.

Don’t miss this great moment of exchange. Join us on Tuesday, June 18, in Room D4  (10:00am to 11:15am).


Discover the key speakers here.

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

Context and justification of the Call for Expression of Interest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  1. Presentation of the call for expression of interest

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

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

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

  1. Eligibility

Shall be eligible as founding members of ACDF:

–           The capital cities of African countries;

–           Rank 2 African cities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  1. Address for the forwarding of constitutive documents  

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

The Secretary General of UCLG Africa

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

Email: Email:  ; 

Fax: +212 5 37 26 00 60

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

Available in PDF 

The Importance of the New Urban Agenda to African Cities and Municipalities.

It is now widely appreciated by cities and local governments that it is impossible to deal with Africa’s growth and poverty challenges without dealing with the rapid urbanisation issues that affect the sustainability of our cities and human settlements. After the completion of UN Habitat’s rst Assembly UCLG Africa explores how African Cities and Local Governments have contributed to the New Urban Agenda, and what innovative solutions have been introduced that have impacted on sustainable development. The UN Habitat Assembly’s mandate is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.

Global city leaders and managers from 127 Member States adopted five resolutions at the final session of the assembly that included:

– Approval of a new strategic plan for 2020-2023
– Safer cities and human settlements;
– Capacity building for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the urban dimension of the 2030
Agenda for Sustainable Development;
– Gender equality to support inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and human settlements;
– and Enhancing urban-rural linkages for sustainable urbanization

Read more here

Read the resolutions of the UCLG Africa Statutory meetings of November 2018

The resolutions of the UCLG Africa Statutory meetings held in November 2018 as a prelude to the 8th Africities summit (20-24 November 2019, Marrakesh) are available and can be download below:

Minutes of the General Assembly of UCLG Africa;

Minutes of the 19th session of the Executive Committee of UCLG Africa;

Minutes of the Meeting of the Panafrican Council of UCLG Africa .

The next UCLG Africa Statutory meetings will be held from 17 to 21 June 2019 in Cairo, Egypt.

توظيف مستخدمي الإدارة بالمكتب الإقليمي لشمال إفريقيا لمنظمة المدن والحكومات المحلية المتحدة الإفريقية

توظف مستخدمي الإدارة بالمكتب الإقليمي لشمال إفريقيا لمنظمة المدن والحكومات المحلية المتحدة الإفريقية UCLG-Africa

في إطار الافتتاح المقبل لمكتبها الإقليمي بشمال إفريقيا في القاهرة (مصر)، تعلن منظمة المدن والحكومات المحلية المتحدة الإفريقية UCLG-Africa عن إطلاق طلبات لشغل المناصب الشاغرة التالية:

مدير، المكتب الإقليمي لشمال إفريقيا (NARO)

مكلف ببرنامج، المكتب الإقليمي لشمال إفريقيا (NARO)

مساعد المكتب الإقليمي لشمال إفريقيا (NARO)

الأشخاص المهتمون بإحدى هذه المناصب الشاغرة مدعوون لإرسال ترشيحاتهم قبل 18 يوليوز 2019، على الساعة الرابعة والنصف بتوقيت غرينيتش.

Celebration of International Public Service Day in Ifrane : 3rd edition of the FAMI

From June 10 to June 14, 2019 in Ifrane (Morocco), the African Local Government Academy (ALGA) of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), the Regional Fez-Meknes Council and the Al Alkhawayn University of Ifrane, will organize the 3rd edition of the African Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes, targeting local and subnational governments, (FAMI).

The third edition of the Forum is in celebration of the International Public Service Day (decided by the UN General Assembly to take place on June 23rd annually) and is also a part of the implementation of the U.N. Resolution No. 72/235, dated December 20th, 2017 on Human Resources Development, which states, “The development of Human Resources is the keystone of economic, social and environmental development … Health and education are at the heart of the development of human resources.”

The Forum has the support of the Interior Ministry of Morocco (Directorate General of Local Governments), the Ministry Delegate to the Head of Government in charge of the Reform of the Administration and of Public Service, the Association of Regions of Morocco (ARM), the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Communal Councils (AMPCC), the Council of the Fez-Meknes Region and the Al Akhawayn University of Ifrane. The theme for 2019 is, “The financing of learning, training and capacity building of local authorities and the staff of Local and Subnational Governments in Africa.

The question of means and resources remains a big challenge, if not a real obstacle, for the upgrading of the local public administration, for the modernization of the Management of Human Resources of the local and subnational governments, and the learning, training and capacity building of the Human Capital of these entities, whether local elected officials / elected officials or the staff of the local and subnational governments in Africa. This finding is apparent from a multitude of reports and studies, including the 1st Report on the state of the Human Resources of African Local & Subnational Governments (2018 edition) of UCLG Africa’s Human Resources Observatory of African Local and Subnational Governments. Indeed, local governments in Africa are still finding it very difficult to attract and retain human resources and talent in sufficient quantity and quality. Studies have shown that local and subnational governments operate with less than half of the workforce they need to be successful. The budget allocated, in general, to human resources management (motivation mechanisms including salaries, training budget, acquisition of modern tools for career management, including the computerization of services and procedures, etc.) is below the needs of local and subnational governments and below the ambitions of a successful territorial public administration. The central governments, as well as local administrations themselves, are therefore required to acquire the means to actually invest in human capital at the local level.”

With this in mind, the 3 rd edition of the African Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes targeting local and subnational governments, is intended to be a forum for the discussion of issues of funding for apprenticeships, training and capacity building and targeting local and subnational governments in Africa, in order to present successful models that exist around the world and to propose innovative and sustainable mechanisms for the anchoring of decentralization in Africa. The forum will also provide a space for awareness-raising, training and capacity building on the state of implementation of the Agenda 2063 of the African Union and the Global Development Agendas (Agenda 2030 relating to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the New Urban Agenda, the Climate Agenda, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the African and international conventions on the prevention and fight against corruption).

Representatives of central governments, local and subnational governments, international organizations, territorial managers, representatives of training institutions, as well as representatives of the private sector and civil society, will meet over 5 days to discuss concrete alternatives to providing a financing model adapted to the African environment and to get updates concerning the implementation of African and global commitments.

The official opening of the forum will see the participation of:

Mr. Mohand Laenser, President of the Association of Regions of Morocco (ARM), President of the Regional Council of Fez-Meknes;

– Representatives of the governments of the Kingdom of Morocco;

– Representatives of local and subnational governments of Morocco.

Mr. Driss Ouaouicha, President of Al Akhawayn University of Ifrane;

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

The forum will also serve as a framework for the holding of the 4th Meeting of the Academic Board of UCLG Africa’s African Local Government Academy (ALGA), which will be marked by a peer review between the African institutes of ALGA, a presentation of the balance of the Academy’s activities, as well as strategic orientations for the future.

The national and international media, based in Morocco, are invited to cover the opening ceremony on June 10, 2019 at the Al Akhawayn University Campus in Ifrane (Building 4, Auditorium).


For more information:

Consult the forum website:

Please contact:

Gaëlle Yomi: Phone: + 212 610 56 71 45




UCLG Africa and ALGA: United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), is the umbrella organization and the united voice that ensures the representation of local authorities in Africa. UCLG Africa brings together more than 350 million African citizens, more than 40 national associations and more than 2,000 cities.

Promoting decentralization in Africa and within the local and subnational governments of Africa as autonomous and distinct spheres of government, and also contributing to the unity of the African continent, thanks to the dynamism of local authorities, are amongst the main missions of UCLG 

Created in 2009 and operational from 2016, the African Local Government Academy (ALGA) is a subsidiary body of UCLG Africa, whose main mission is to promote quality standards in terms of training and capacity building, targeting local and subnational governments to invest in the human capital of these entities and to anchor efficiency and professionalism at the territorial level in Africa.

THE FEZ-MEKNES REGIONAL COUNCIL: The Fez-Meknes Regional Council is the deliberating assembly of the region elected through direct universal suffrage by the voters of the region. Like other local and subnational governments in Morocco, its members are elected for a six-year term. Regional activities are carried out under the control of the “Wali” (“head governor”) of the region, representing the central power. As regards the areas of competence, and according to Article 140 of the Moroccan Constitution, the local and subnational governments have their own competences, as well as competences shared with the central government and those, which are transferable to them by the latter, on the basis of the subsidiarity principle.

AL AKHAWAYN UNIVERSITY: The Al Akhawayn University of Ifrane, created in 1993, is an independent, public, mixed and non-profit, Moroccan institution engaged in the training of future leaders-citizens of Morocco and the world through an educational program in the field of liberal arts with an international calling, taught in English and based on the American system. The university showcases Morocco and associates the world with cutting-edge teaching and research programs, including continuous education for executives. The University adheres to the highest academic and ethical standards and promotes equity and social responsibility.

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Abidjan Declaration : 1st Structured Dialogue “For the Territorialization of NDCs And Access to Climate Finance for African Cities and local Governments”

We UCLG Africa Climate Task Force:

1. Express our deep concern over the findings in the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1,5°C (SR1.5), unequivocally confirming, that current Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are not sufficient to meet the long-term climate goals of the Paris Agreement;

2. The recently published IPBES 7 report also assesses the state of the environment and the Planet from a biodiversity and ecosystem perspective and indicates very clearly that the health and integrity of ecosystems which all life on the planet depend on, is deteriorating more rapidly than ever and this deterioration and the unprecedented pace of species extinction is human-induced. It states that climate action needs to be accelerated in harmony with transformative action to protect and restore nature. We hereby recognize the inextricable linkages between biodiversity and climate change and commit to, and call for urgent climate action in, and for, Africa that will simultaneously end the deterioration of, and restore, our ecosystems and turn around the loss of biodiversity. We are deeply concerned about the loss of biodiversity accelerated by climate change as we recognize the direct impact affect this has on our livelihoods, our culture, health, wellbeing, economy and the sustainability of infrastructure, also along our coastlines;

3. The Paris Agreement invited all Parties to engage in the revision process of the NDCs by 2020 with the first global stock take due to take place in 2023. By then, the multilateral process must be able to conclude that aggregate efforts by Parties and non‐Party stakeholders, including local and other subnational governments, will be on track to
limiting global warming to 1.5°C;

4. The Katowice climate package, has enabled the Climate Taskforce to provide a set of guidelines for the implementation of the Paris Agreement, covering the transparency framework, global balance sheet, NDC accounting, adaptation, financial goals and more. In addition, it endorses the Talanoa Call for Action presented at COP24;

5. It is essential for all African countries to ensure alignment of the NDCs with national development policies, and to ensure the appropriate mobilization of resources, for both national, subnational and local levels of government, allowing for the acceleration of implementation on the ground;

6. We note the resolution taken by the African Committee of Heads of State on Climate Change (CAHOSCC) in its meeting on the 9 February 2019 that encourages the implementation of the NDCs at the local level, and which mentions UCLG Africa among the leading institutions to support the development of “Locally Determined Contributions”

7. The Climate Task Force invites all parties to the Paris agreement to present their progress and ambitions at the UN Climate Summit in 2019 and sees it as an important opportunity to foster the implementation of the Paris Agreement goals;

We reaffirm the following:

1. African subnational and local governments and their networks should from now on be recognized as critical partners to better support national government efforts to enhance the ambition and accelerate the implementation of the NDCs;

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Recruitment of administrative staff of UCLG Africa Regional Office for North Africa

As part of the forthcoming opening of its North Africa Regional Office in Cairo (Egypt), United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) is  hiring several profiles for different positions:

Candidates who are interested in applying for one of the positions listed above should send their applications before 18 July 2019 at 16:30 (GMT).