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Augustin Tamba: The visionary!

Mayor of the municipality of Yaoundé 7 since 2013, Augustin Tamba has entered the race for the presidency of the National Association of the United Communes and Cities of Cameroon (UCCC). His program won over Cameroonian mayors who elected him to head UCCC on 04 November 2020, for a five-year term.

One year after his arrival, Augustin Tamba is making his mark.  His campaign program had among its priorities the strengthening of intermunicipality, the pooling of local resources, the development of decentralized cooperation and the financing of value-added projects.

To materialize one of the aspects of this vision, UCCC organized from 03 to 05 December 2021 the International Economic Days of the Communes of Cameroon (Jeicom). The Jeicom aims to create a framework of opportunities for the financing of communal projects as well as the development of the potential of the territories.

The meeting recorded a massive participation of local authorities, international organizations and institutions, investors and development partners. In the momentum of these days, the president of UCCC Augustin Tamba, and Armand Claude Abanda, Resident Representative of the African Institute of Informatics (IAI) Cameroon signed on 8 December 2021 a partnership agreement to strengthen the capacity of municipal staff on the use of Information Communication and Technology (ICT).

Since his arrival at the head of the UCCC, Augustin Tamba has also taken an active and effective part in the work of international organizations of local authorities, including those of UCLG Africa and AIMF. As a member of the Executive Committee (Exco) of UCLG Africa, Augustin Tamba took the opportunity of his participation in the 25th session of the ExCo meeting of UCLG Africa in June 2021 in Cairo (Egypt) to establish a strategic partnership with the Egyptian authorities in the field of industrial wood processing. Indeed, the Egyptian Minister of Local Development, HE Mr. Mahmoud Shaarawy, had met with a delegation of UCCC to discuss the strengthening of cooperation between the two countries and examine methods to exploit the competitive advantages of both countries, Egypt being a regional and global leader in the furniture industry. As for Cameroon, it is one of the main exporters of various types of wood in the world. It will import wood from Cameroon and export Egyptian furniture to open new markets on the continent. An Egyptian delegation took part in Jeicom21 to implement this partnership.

BIO EXPRESS

A graduate in strategic management of decentralized local government from HEC Paris, Augustin Tamba is an international lecturer in Social and Solidarity Economy.  Former director general of the HDS-etTFAN Consulting group specialized in coaching, lobbying, business engineering and economic intelligence, he arrived at the head of the Yaoundé 7 mayor’s office in 2013. This municipality newly created in 2007 renewed its confidence in him during the 2020 municipal elections.

On 4 November 2020, he was brought to the head of the United Communes and Cities of Cameroon (UCCC).

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Virtual meetings of the YELO network North & Central Africa Region

Following the holding of the regional caucuses of UCLG Africa for the regions of Central Africa and North Africa respectively in Libreville, Gabon, on 25 and 26 October 2021 and in Luxor, Egypt, on 1 and 2 November 2021, and with a view to mobilizing young local elected officials for Africities Summit scheduled to take place in Kisumu, Kenya, from 17 to 21 May 2022, the General Secretariat of UCLG Africa organized two virtual meetings of the young elected officials of the YELO network.

These meetings held on 22 November 2021 (North Africa) and 15 December 2021 (Central Africa) aimed to address in each region, issues related to the establishment of national chapters of YELO, and also some aspects of territorial governance, including the challenges faced by young people in general and by young elected officials in particular.

In North Africa as well as in Central Africa, youth seem to have a prominent position in the constitutions. In Gabon, Cameroon, Tunisia and Mauritania, young people are political actors as soon as they reach the age of majority, which is frequently set at 18. On the other hand, their selection for access to the political world as well as to positions of responsibility within political bodies depends on the political parties.

As pointed out by Mrs. Ibticem Aitalllah of the Municipality of Sfax, in Tunisia, young elected officials most often hold responsibilities at the head of relatively important commissions in communal councils. This reality reflects a lack of confidence of the political class in youth, hence the need for a paradigm shift. The representatives of Mauritania, through the voice of Sidi Ahmed Mohamed El Hadrami, from the Commune of Teyaret, proposed an upgrade by law, in order to force political parties to put forward young candidates on electoral lists.

The young local elected officials from Central Africa, particularly those from Gabon and Cameroon, called for the demystification of politics in order to make it more accessible to ordinary citizens. During these meetings, the young people insisted several times on the financial conditions of their participation in electoral events which remain, in many African countries, too high to allow an optimal participation of young people in politics.

On the issue of the establishment of national chapters of YELO in each region, Gabon through the representatives of Libreville and Port-Gentil, and the representatives of Nouakchott have committed to begin the process of implementing the network. These national chapters will help structure the contribution of youth in politics and local development. This network will make it possible to propose training and awareness-raising actions for the benefit of young people, and will make it possible to build, with the associations of young elected officials, an advocacy for the attention of political parties.

For the Africities summit, the young elected officials of North Africa have proposed some session themes, including

– Waste management

– Digitalization of municipal services (job creation for youth)

– Neighborhood outreach and new housing programs,

– Youth entrepreneurship

– The creation of spaces dedicated to youth (cultural, sports, etc.)

Visit of a Delegation from Cadi Ayyad University of Marrakech to the Headquarters of UCLG Africa

On Tuesday 14 December 2021, a delegation of 32 students from Cadi Ayyad University of Marrakech (Morocco) visited the headquarters of UCLG Africa. This delegation was led by Professor Fatima ARIB, Director of the ENCG, Professor Tarik ZAHRANE, Deputy Director in charge of Cooperation and Scientific Research, Ms. BENHAMMOU Nisrine and Mr. MANTOUR Youssef in charge of Communication and Cooperation and Sports Affairs at UCA of Marrakech.

This Delegation had the honor to be welcomed by the Secretary General of the umbrella organization of local governments in Africa, Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi and some of his collaborators: Dr. Najat Zarrouk, Director of Development, Capacity Building, Knowledge Management and  Director of the African Local Government  Academy (ALGA) of UCLG Africa, Mr. Mustapha Moufid, Director of the African Capitals of Culture Program, Director, Department of Culture, Migration, Peace and Security and Mr. Thierry Sanzhie Bokally, Head of the Knowledge Management Unit of UCLG Africa.

The Secretary General made a presentation on the history of UCLG Africa, its vision, its objectives, its structure, its governing bodies and finally on the various projects on which UCLG Africa is committed to contribute to the unity of the African continent through the dynamism of local and regional authorities, and to allow the transformation of “Africa of Nation States” into “Africa of Peoples and Territories”. He briefed them on the organization’s triennial flagship event, the “Africities Summit”, which is its 9th edition. This event will be held in Kisumu, an intermediate city in Kenya, on the theme “The role of Africa’s intermediate cities in the implementation of the United Nations Agenda 2030 and the African Union’s Agenda 2063”. Mr. Mbassi gave useful advice to the students while inviting them to get involved at a very young age in the management of local authorities. He awarded a certificate of recognition to the President of Cadi Ayyad University for his active involvement and collaboration during the 5th edition of the African Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes targeting local authorities (FAMI 5).

Prof. Arib, on behalf of the delegation, thanked the Secretary General and all the staff of UCLG Africa for the warm welcome and the honor of being a privileged partner of UCLG Africa, especially during the FAMI, and for allowing the students present to understand the real stakes of decentralization and the role that UCLG Africa plays in the implementation of the global agendas

Dr. Zarrouk  appreciated the visit and took the opportunity to thank the first officials of the UCA for their remarkable support in the organization of the FAMI 5 and the strong partnership between the UCA and UCLG Africa.

Mr. Moufid in his speech drew the attention of students on the importance of culture as the essence of creativity, innovation and social link.

This visit follows the fruit of the partnership that exists on the one hand, between Cadi Ayyad University and UCLG Africa and on the other hand the holding of the 5th edition of the African Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes targeting the Territorial Communities (FAMI5_2021) of UCLG Africa from 6 to 11 December 2021 at the Administrative and Cultural Complex MOHAMMED VI of Habous, Bab IGHLY in the Region of Marrakech-Safi on the theme “The Digital and Smart Transformation of Local Africa: The Time to Act is Now! !! “. The UCA is among the first partners who supported this edition with the participation of the faculty in the first row the president of the UCA and its students in Master and Doctorate in the plenary sessions and the various Workshops throughout the Forum.

GCA and United Cities and Local Governments of Africa sign Memorandum of Understanding to scale up locally-led adaptation in Africa

To turn ideas into adaptation action in one of the world’s most climate vulnerable regions: Africa, the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) and the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) against the backdrop of COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The new agreement, signed on 9th November, will facilitate and strengthen collaboration between GCA and UCLG Africa, the leading umbrella organization for African local governments, to support the urgent scale-up of locally-led adaptation throughout a continent that has the fastest urbanization rate in the world. In Sub-Saharan Africa, about 40 percent of the population lives in urban areas, up from 22 percent in 1980.

The African continent is disproportionately threatened by heatwaves, flooding and drought, and low-lying coastal areas, where about half of African settlements with 1-5 million inhabitants are located, have specific climate risks due to sea level rise and increased flood frequency, as stated in GCA’s flagship report State and Trends in Adaptation 2021, focused on the African continent.

UCLG Africa President Christine Mba Ndutume Mihindou, GCA CEO Prof. Dr. Patrick Verkooijen, and UCLG Africa Secretary-General Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi

The Africa-led Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP), developed jointly by GCA and the African Development Bank (AfDB), aims to mobilize $25 billion for adaptation in Africa in the next five years to address the impacts of COVID-19, climate change and the economy.

In line with the AAAP, the new agreement with UCLG Africa will promote the development and implementation of plans and programs to strengthen adaptation and resilience in African cities and territories, which provide unique opportunities for adaptation action because of their early stages of urbanization, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, and post-pandemic recovery.

“Working jointly with UCLG Africa, an organization that channels the united voice of local African governments, will enable GCA to deliver the AAAP on the ground in this region where adaptation can no longer be delayed, and immediate action is required,” said Prof. Dr. Patrick Verkooijen, CEO of GCA, who signed the MoU along with Secretary General of UCLG Africa Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi.

The MoU provides a framework for cooperation in three main areas: Programs and Action, Knowledge Acceleration and Advocacy and Agenda Setting.

GCA and UCLG Africa will jointly create platforms and opportunities for peer-to-peer learning for local governments and stakeholders, facilitate partnerships to bolster local government capacity and strengthen the gender approach in climate adaptation.

In terms of knowledge acceleration, the organizations aim to strengthen the framework for the acquisition and reporting of information and data related to resilience and adaptation by cities and local governments. They will also co-create knowledge products such as tool kits and knowledge-sharing platforms for local governments to assist them in identifying good adaptation practices.

Finally, the organizations will work jointly to advocate for early, strong and inclusive adaptation action by subnational and local governments, including through advocacy fora such as a Partnerships Market place for scaling up Locally-led Adaptation. They plan to explore options and barriers to accessing adaptation financing for urban and rural governments, where feasible, through GCA and UCLG Africa’s programs and initiatives and will promote African city leadership at regional and global fora, showcasing the challenges of climate adaptation across African countries and also the solutions ready to be scaled.

GCA will participate in UCLG Africa’s 9th Africities Summit, to be held from 17th to 21st May 2022 in Kisumu, Kenya. The events’ theme is “The Role of Intermediary Cities of Africa in the Implementation of Agenda 2030 of the United Nations and the African Union Agenda 2063.”

About the Global Center on Adaptation
The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) is an international organization that works as a solutions broker to accelerate, innovate and scale adaptation action worldwide, in partnership with the public and private sector, to work together for a climate resilient future. Founded in 2018, the GCA is hosted by the Netherlands, working from its headquarters in Rotterdam with a knowledge and research hub based in Groningen. The GCA has a worldwide network of regional offices in Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Dhaka, Bangladesh and Beijing, China. Through this evolving network of offices and global and regional GCA teams, the organization engages in high-level policy activities, new research contributions, communications, and technical assistance to governments and the private sector.

For more information, visit www.gca.org.

About the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa
Founded in 2005 in Tshwane, South Africa, the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), is an international pan African organization that aims to spearhead the decentralization of local governance in Africa.

Founded through a constitution adopted by mayors of African cities, its primary goal is to actualize the establishment of local governments with distinct legal and political personalities and financial autonomy. UCLG Africa is governed by a constitution which states that it is mandated to serve as the unified voice of local governments on the African continent. It was formed through the unification of three continental groups serving the interests of local governments and represents almost 350 million African citizens.

UCLG Africa acts to strengthen the capacity of local governments to provide better services to their population, to support and train Local Government Associations, and represent local authorities at the pan-African and international level.

For more information, visit www.uclga.org.

Contact
Alexandra Gee
Head of Communications, Global Center on Adaptation
alex.gee@gca.org

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UCLG AFRICA Regional Caucus: North Africa sets out its priorities for the Africities 9 Summit in Kisumu, Kenya, on May 17-21, 2022  (PRESS RELEASE)

The North Africa regional caucus of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) was held from 01 to 02 November 2021 in Luxor (Egypt).

The opening ceremony was marked by speeches from: His Excellency Mahmoud Shaarawy, Minister of Local Development of Egypt, Mr. Mohamed Abdel Qader, Deputy Governor of Luxor, the Honorable Peter Anyang Nyong’o, Governor of Kisumu, Kenya, and Mrs. Asmaa Rhlalou, Mayor of Rabat.

The proceedings were chaired by Mr. Lahcen Amrouche of the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Communal Councils (AMPCC), who is the vice-president of UCLG Africa for the North Africa region. Five out of the seven countries in the region took part in the two-day conclave: Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, and Tunisia. They were represented by the President and the Permanent Secretary of the national association of local authorities, the President of the national chapter of the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA), and one Representative of the Network of Local Elected Young People Africa (YELO).

The meeting in Luxor was the second in a series of regional caucuses organized in preparation for the 9th edition of the Africities Summit to be held from May 17th to May 21st, 2022 in Kisumu, Kenya. The elective general assembly during which it is planned to elect the full and alternate members of UCLG Africa’s governing bodies will also be will be held during Africities on May 20th, 2022. The theme chosen for the Africities summit is: ” The role of Africa’s intermediate cities in the implementation of the United Nation’s Agenda 2030 and the African Union’s Agenda 2063″.  

During the two days of proceedings, the participants were informed of the current actions carried out by UCLG Africa through its new GADDEPA 2.0 strategy and its 7 priority focus areas selected by the members of UCLG Africa for the 2021-2030 decade, namely: Economy and local finance; climate, biodiversity, and food systems; gender and youth; access to basic and SDG services; migration; culture; and peace and security.

The participants paid particular attention to the implementation process of the Africa Territorial Agency (ATA), the financial vehicle enabling African local governments to access the financial market. One hundred voluntary local authorities are invited to subscribe as founding members of the ATA cooperative society with a contribution of 100,000 Euros each. In carrying out this project, UCLG Africa intends to rely on partners such as the African Development Bank (AfDB), so that the ATA becomes a subsidiary body of the AfDB.

The Africities summit was also presented, which will take place over 5 days. A distinction is made between thematic sessions organized during the first 3 days of the Summit, and the political sessions organized during the last 2 days of the Summit in addition to the Exhibition which is part and parcel of Africities. The sessions also include a series of special events in the form of “Special Days”. The thematic sessions set out the details of the theme of the Summit and of the strategies to be implemented, as well as the coalitions to be built so that intermediate cities are able to play the role expected from them. These sessions make recommendations for the attention of Ministers, Mayors, Leaders and elected representatives of local governments, as well as for the attention of development partners. The political sessions include the meeting of Ministers, the meeting of Mayors and Leaders of local authorities, and the meeting of Development Partners, as well as the tripartite political dialogue meeting between Ministers, Mayors and Leaders of local authorities, and Development Partners. The Africities Exhibition offers to companies, institutions, and organizations the opportunity to present their products and solutions through the rental of booths, the animation of workshops, and the organization of B-to-B meetings on site and virtually.

The summit also serves as a framework for the presentation of the barometer relating to the institutional environment of African local governments (CEE Rating). The report produced by UCLG Africa proposes a framework within which cities and countries can compare each other’s performance and act in order to create an environment conducive to decentralization. The report helps identify the challenges faced by countries in implementing these actions, and helps all stakeholders to discuss the reforms needed to meet these challenges. The initiative also aims to guide international technical and financial partners in defining their support. The members of the North Africa region were informed about their respective ranking in the last report (CEE Rating).

A plea was made for gender equality in the governing bodies for North Africa, for the representation of women in the governing bodies of regional authorities in the region through the REFELA network. A plea was also made for the representation of young people within the governing bodies of local governments in North Africa. The local elected officials of the North Africa region were invited to promote and energize the actions of REFELA in their respective countries around the three campaigns launched by the network, namely: the Campaign of African Cities without Street Children (launched in 2018), the Campaign of African Cities with Zero Tolerance for Violence Against Women (launched in 2019), and the Campaign of African Cities for the Economic Empowerment of Women (launched in 2020). Regarding youth issues, local elected officials were invited to supervise young people by involving them in issues of territorial governance. The fact is that most of the young local elected officials in the region are only municipal councilors, and very few of them hold the office of mayors.

The experience of Egypt’s “Smart Transport System” was shared with the elected officials, and an invitation was extended to the Egyptian side to share it again during the Africities 9 summit in Kisumu.

Local elected officials from the North Africa region expressed their major concerns towards the Africities Summit:

–     The issue of access by local governments to financing remains a recurring concern. The participants ask that support be given to the Africa Territorial Agency (ATA), a financial vehicle enabling local governments to access the financial market. The participants also recommend continuing the efforts led by the General Secretariat of UCLG Africa to facilitate the access of local authorities to climate finance, in particular to the Green Fund.

–     The major challenge of the day is to succeed in the digital transformation of local authorities. A real program to support the digital transformation of local governments should be set up at the level of UCLG Africa. In this regard, the participants welcomed the partnership between UCLG Africa and 01 Talent for the training of young people in coding techniques and the creation of Zones 01 in African cities at their request.

–     The participants expressed the wish that “Open Government” be adopted everywhere, making it possible to facilitate relations between citizens and those in charge of local governments. “Open Government” will help rebuild trust between citizens and public authorities, as well as transparency and integrity in the management of local authorities.

–     The strengthening of the international action of local authorities and in particular in the field of decentralized cross-border cooperation with a view to strengthening regional integration and initiating the dynamics of… the Africa of the People. In this regard, the participants welcomed the initiative taken by Morocco to create an African Fund to support decentralized cooperation and express the hope that other countries can do the same.

The participants will continue their consultation to develop the 5 questions for the attention of ministers during the tripartite political dialogue between Ministers, Mayors and leaders of local authorities, and Development Partners planned to take place in Africities.

The North Africa Regional caucus has also appointed its main candidates for the elective general assembly of UCLG Africa scheduled to take place on May 20, 2022 in Kisumu. The participation of the candidates is expected with a view to the designation of nine members of the North Africa region out of the 45 members of the Pan-African Council, the three members of the North Africa region out of the 15 members of the Executive Committee, and one Vice-President for North Africa out of the five members of the Presidency, and one representative of the North Africa region out of the 5 members of the Financial Management Commission (only for UCLG Africa). Ditto for the members of the Pan-African council of the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA) and of the Network of Young Elected Representatives of Africa (YELO).

A list of 6 permanent candidates for the Pan-African Council of UCLG Africa (see table) has been communicated. The list will be completed by December 31st, 2021. The secretariat of the regional caucus will contact the absent local governments so that they can express their candidacies before December 31st, 2021. After this deadline, the remaining positions will be filled by interested members. The members of the caucus resolved to meet at the headquarters of UCLG Africa in Rabat, Morocco in January 2022 to finalize the list of candidates from North Africa with the incumbents, the alternates, and the member of the electoral commission. For YELO, the caucus instructs the Association of Mayors of Mauritania, whose delegation includes the only young person present at the work, to initiate and ensure, in collaboration with the General Secretariat of UCLG Africa, the coordination of the youth networks of various member countries in order to prepare appropriately for the establishment of the North African Network of Young Local Elected Officials during the Africities summit to be held in Kisumu, Kenya. The REFELA network has communicated the names of its candidates listed in the table below.

 

GOVERNING BODIES OF UCLG AFRICA

Country PANAFRICAN COUNCIL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE VICE PRESIDENCY UCLG Africa
  Incumbent Alternate Incumbent Candidate
ALGERIA Absent Absent    
EGYPT Cairo      
LIBYA National Association of Municipal Councils of Libya (NMCA) TBC Cairo -Egypt  Region of Nouakchott (Mauritania)
MOROCCO City of Rabat TBC
MOROCCO Association of Presidents of Municipal Councils (AMPCC) TBC
MAURITANIA Region of Nouakchott TBC Association of Presidents of Communal Councils (AMPCC- Morocco)
SUDAN Absent Absent
TUNISIA National Federation of Tunisian Communes (FNCT) TBC
Region of Nouakchott (Mauritania)

 

                                                                                                       FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT COMMISSION
                                                                                            National Federation of Tunisian Communes (FNCT)

 

REFELA’ S GOVERNING BODIES

Country PANAFRICAN COUNCIL OF REFELA EXECUTIVE BOARD OF THE REFELA NETWORK VICE PRESIDENCY – REFELA
Incumbent Alternate Incumbent Candidate
ALGERIA Absent Absent Commune of Arbaoua
(Maroc)
Commune of Arbaoua
(Morocco)
EGYPT City of Damieta TBC
LIBYA Commune of JANZOUR TBC
LIBYA Commune Souk El Jomoa TBC  
MOROCCO Commune of Arbaoua TBC Commune of Araffat
(Mauritania)
MOROCCO Commune of LEGFIFAT TBC
MAURITANIA Commune of Araffat TBC
MAURITANIA City of Nteichit TBC Commune of JANZOUR
Libya
SUDAN Absent Absent
TUNISIA City (TBC) TBC
TUNISIA City (TBC) TBC    

 

For more information, please contact Gaëlle Yomi:

Phone: + 212 610 56 71 45

e-mail: gyomi@uclga.org

UCLG Africa website www.uclga.org

 

Round Table on “Towards accelerating and strengthening local climate action in the Central African region”

In the framework of the action plan of the Covenant of Mayors for Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) and in order to further mobilize local and regional authorities in Central Africa in the process of implementing the climate agenda, a round table was held on 26 October  2021, at the headquarters of the Libreville City Hall (Gabon). The session was co-chaired by Ms. Christine Mba N’Dutume, President of the Mayors of Gabon represented by Ms. Annie Chrystel Limbourg Iwenga, Deputy Mayor of Libreville, in charge of Decentralized Cooperation and Intercollectivities, H. E. Ms. Rosario Bento Pais, Ambassador of the European Union in Gabon.

Moderated by Mr. Jean Pierre Elong  Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa, the Round Table was attended by Presidents of associations, mayors, Permanent Secretaries of CEMAC countries and mayors of Gabonese municipalities.

At the end of this round table it was decided:

  1. To launch a regional readiness program for the CEMAC region in partnership with the Forum of Banks and Deposits and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) through the GCF focal points in the countries of the region.
  2. Accompany the region’s communes in the process of joining the CoM SSA

This round table was followed by a capacity building workshop for local government associations on climate action in the areas of:

– Decentralized cooperation

– Climate finance

– Territorial climate plans (adaptation – mitigation)

This workshop was facilitated by :

Mr. Mohamed Nbou, Director of the Climate, Biodiversity and Food Security Department

Mr. Sébastien Leclef, Policy Officer, CoM SSA.

 

 

Audience: The First Lady Dominique Ouattara exchanges with the President of REFELA, Mrs. Macoura Coulibaly Dao

The First Lady of Côte d’Ivoire, Dominique Ouattara exchanged with Mrs. Macoura Coulibaly Dao, President of the Network of Local Elected Women of Africa (REFELA) and Mayor of the commune of Foumbolo, on Tuesday, 26 October 2021, at her office in Cocody. The meeting was attended by Mrs. Dagnogo Karidjatou, Mayor of Sirasso in the Poro region, Vice President of REFELA-local and Mrs. Diomandé Salimata, Mayor of Djibrosso in the Woroba region, Secretary General of REFELA.

The exchanges, during this audience, focused among other things on the presentation of the activities of the Network of Local Elected Women of Africa (REFELA), but also, on the solicitude of the sponsorship of the wife of the Head of State for the launch of the campaign of African cities committed to the fight for zero children on the street. The First Lady, who is also President of the Children of Africa Foundation, accepted this request because of her decades-long commitment to the welfare of children in difficult situations in Africa.

PSI and UCLG Africa sign cooperation agreement to boost quality local public services in Africa and Arab Countries

United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) and the Africa and Arab Countries Region of Public Service International (PSI) signed today 24 September 2021, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for structured dialogue and cooperation between their respective constituencies. The Partners are the most representative membership-based organisations namely of local and regional government (LRG) managers and staff in the African continent.

Building on the longstanding dialogue and continued partnership between their international secretariats, the Partners sealed in a virtual launch their joint commitment to “bring their cooperation down to the subregions and territories where they operate and close to their respective memberships” their MoU reads.

The challenges local and regional governments face in the African continent are vast and public services inequalities stark. According to the UN, only 20 percent of the African urban population (excluding North Africa) has access to safely managed sanitation services, while 23 percent of slum dwellers are concentrated in Sub-Saharan Africa. Yet, through the Covid crisis, many African local authorities have rapidly put in place innovative emergency solutions and adaptation measures to ensure continued public service delivery. Their losses are now of up to 60 percent of average own sourced revenues.

Acknowledging these challenges, the Partners will prioritize joint initiatives towards:

  • enabling equitable access to quality local public services for all;
  • making cities, communities, and territories inclusive and fair;
  • realizing sustainable, just local socio-economic development;
  • building LRG staff’s capacity and skills, while ensuring their decent working conditions

UCLG Africa and PSI Africa and the Arab Countries will also cooperate to develop joint advocacy and actions – including in regional policy forums such as the African Union (AU) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) – on shared strategic priorities including effective decentralization; investment in LRG human capital through institutional and staff capacity enhancement and empowerment; funding for quality local public services; social dialogue; good and effective local governance; the localisation of regional and UN global agendas, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Agreement to address climate change in African cities and territories, the Decent Work Agenda, and the Africa Agenda 2063.

Quotes:

Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi, UCLG Africa General Secretary said: «Recalling that decentralisation means the transfer of power relationship, responsibilities, capacities and resources from national to all sub-national levels of government with the aim of strengthening the ability of the latter to both foster people’s participation and deliver quality services as defined by the 2014 African Charter on the Values and Principles of Decentralisation, Local Governance and Local Development, UCLG Africa’s membership is happy to cooperate from now on with PSI as a strategic partner, to invest in human capital and quality public services at sub-national level, and make sure to leave no one and no place behind».

 

Sani Baba, PSI Regional Secretary for Africa and the Arab Countries said: «Addressing the dire needs of the African and Arab Countries’ people for equitable access to quality local public services such as safe water and sanitation, heath care, energy, proper waste disposal, effective public transport, and decent housing is a major challenge for both our organisations. But working together we can unleash the unique potential of our local government constituencies to co-create and bring about concrete, progressive change to African cities and territories, to the benefit of local communities, as well as of local government institutions and their workers”.

 

Rosa Pavanelli, PSI General Secretary said: «PSI and UCLG are stronger together when their respective memberships cooperate to confront the multiple, concurrent challenges they increasingly face, including pandemic, climate, unemployment and informality, migration, public service funding, gender equality and the respect of human rights. This first regional commitment brings the spirit of the global dialogue and cooperation built over the years between PSI and UCLG down to the ground of African cities and territories and I am confident it will translate into concrete actions at a local level”.

 

 

Document:

Memorandum of Understanding between United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) and Public Service International (PSI) Africa and the Arab Countries (+).

About the Partners:

United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) is the Pan-African Organization composed of 54 National Associations of Local and Regional Governments (LRGs) from all regions of Africa, as well as 2000 cities and territories with more than 100,000 inhabitants, representing through its memberships nearly 350 million African citizen.

Public Service International (PSI) Africa and the Arab Countries is composed of 157 affiliated trade union organisations in 45 countries representing a combined membership of around 1.5 million women and men working at all levels of governments, including LRGs, to deliver quality public services to communities and territories. PSI Africa and the Arab Countries is a Region of Public Services International (PSI), a Global Union Federation of more than 700 trade unions representing 30 million workers in 154 countries. PSI brings the voice of public service workers to the UN, ILO, WHO and other regional and global organisations, defends trade union and workers’ rights and fights for universal access to quality public services.

Call for contributions for issue N°5 of the Voice of the African Local Manager

The African Local Manager Voice is a periodical publication produced by the African Local Government Academy (ALGA) of UCLG-Africa, the Network of HR Managers of African Local Governments, and the Observatory of Human Resources of Local Governments of UCLG Africa, within the framework of the enhancement, motivation and development of Human Resources of Local and Subnational Governments in Africa, as well as within the framework of regional and local initiatives.

It is a forum offered to Territorial Managers as a space for exchange, communication, debate and networking, making it possible to give visibility to Territorial Managers, to hear their voices, opinions and concerns, to exchange their experiences. success stories, and best practices. It is also a window where they can present and promote their missions, their jobs, their challenges, their innovations, and their creativity. Finally, it is an opportunity for them to discuss the various issues related to Human Resources Management at the local level. Taking due account of the cultural diversity which characterizes our continent, the Bulletin can welcome contributions in the different languages used at UCLG Africa, in particular English, French, Portuguese, and Arabic.

This 5th Issue of the “The Voice of the African Local Manager” bulletin will be a Special Issue dedicated to the following general theme: “Digital Transformation at African Local Level in the era of the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond: Benchmark of regional and local experiences”.

The choice of theme is not accidental. The Covid-19 crisis has radically changed the forecasts, the order of priorities, public policies, the action plans, as well as the strategies and prospects at all levels of governance. ICTs have proven to be a strategic lever to allow people to stay connected, to continue to govern, manage and produce, and to meet the expectations and concerns of populations. The pandemic has also been an accelerator of digitization according to the Twilio Report 2020, Covid-19 Digital Engagement Report.
The contribution must consist of four (4) pages maximum, i.e. 1,500 words, up to a maximum of 2,000 words; Font Type: Times New Roman, and Font Size 12; Any quotation from another author must be put in brackets and include its source, namely the author of the quotation or the document from which it is extracted, the exact title of the document, the date of publication, and the place of publication, by respect for intellectual property rights. You must provide your photo and a short biography (100 words maximum), mentioning the name of your Local Authority / Institution, as well as your contact information (Mobile phone, home or office phone, Fax, e- mail or Website of the Local Government / Institution to which you belong).

Deadline for submitting contributions: November 15, 2021.

Read  the full call here

Young local officials facing the effects of Covid-19

On 27 July 2021, UCLG Africa held the first virtual meeting of the Network of Young Elected Officials of Africa,  on the theme of « Young local elected officials facing the effects of Covid -19 ».

This meeting was attended by about fifty participants, which included elected youth, researchers and entrepreneurs, who assembled to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on young people,  and the initiatives and role of the youth in the context of the ongoing health crisis.

Two panels structured these exchanges. The first, on the theme “Youth and responsibility“, addressed the political dimension of youth engagements at the height of the crisis, which was handled  by Mrs. Thérèse Faye Diouf, Mayor of Diarrere; the impact of digital on the security dimension of our territories, was taken care of  by M. Tom Marten.

The second panel on “Youth as a workforce in the growth of the continent” focused on the role of young people in economic recovery. This slot was marked by the intervention, of Mr. Frederik Tchoungui, Founder of “Community of Global Leaders”.  Mr. Oliver Bastienne, President of the Seychelles Chamber of Commerce and Industry, made an impressive presentation with explanation and examples of how young entrepreneurs  were faring the recovery of the effect of the pandemic.  Mrs. Jacqueline Moustache-Belle, Director of the Gender and Youth Department at the General Secretariat of UCLG Africa, moderated this meeting in the presence of the Secretary General, Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi.

The first panel highlighted two important points; the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 crisis on young people, both politically and in terms of mobility of people, and the importance of involving young people in the stimulus strategies.

The closure of public places and restrictions of movements have completely changed the behaviour of the youth in African cities. The Mayor of Diarrere, emphasized on the importance of the involvement of young people in the economic recovery and in building the future of African cities. She encouraged young men and women to invest in municipal councils and to actively participate in decision-making processes and deliberations relating to budgets.

For his part, Mr. Marten emphasized the constraints of COVID-19 on international travelling particularly for tourism purposes. The tourism  industry  has been brought to its knees by the pandemic. The closure of frontiers worldwide indirectly accelerated the use of technology and innovation in the digital field.  The use of digital technologies by governments, for example Seychelles has been favored to revive and foster tourism, in and to create the conditions for a return to normalcy and equally ensuring the health security of citizens and tourists. During this panel, the questions were mainly focused on the political aspects of the contribution of young people to the revival of urban economies: how to mobilize young people? How to increase the participation of young people in political parties? It was proposed that UCLG Africa and the national associations of African local governments, should develop advocacy for national governments and political parties,  to facilitate the access to electoral lists and political affairs.

The second panel addressed the issue of economic recovery by highlighting the role of young people in the field of entrepreneurship. In this panel, it was first a question of promoting the initiatives of young people who aim to create and find sources of funding, despite the context of the health crisis. Mr. Tchoungui thus encouraged young entrepreneurs and elected officials to make digital technology one of the keys to the development of African cities. To achieve this, improving and upgrading telecommunications infrastructure is essential, hence the appeal to the public authorities for more investment in this sector.

Mr. Bastienne’s presentation showed how COVID-19 has impacted all areas of the private sector employing young people (drop in productivity, unemployment, etc.). The Seychelles Chamber of Commerce has supported young people by providing them with financing, technical support, and training, especially for entrepreneurs. The government, together with the private sector also designed  a recovery and prosperity plan in which the youth participated actively. The importance of Information and Communication Technologies was underlined to show the impact of young people in digital development as a provider for the jobs of the future.

The summary of the discussions highlighted the need to network and form coalitions because the many issues facing young local elected officials cannot be addressed without the participation of all stakeholders. Synergies is of utmost necessity towards  building the Africa we want.

The exchanges on this vital issues allowed the participants to realize that “one cannot build Africa without its driving force, namely the youth”, and that the COVID-19 crisis has brought changes that will be here to stay. We have to learn to adapt. It is only through solidarity that our African cities and the world will overcome this pandemic.

By way of closing this meeting, the Secretary General of UCLG Africa stressed on the importance that the national and local levels should work to produce youth policies and youth participation, and to include youth representation at decision making level,  in order to have credible and lasting responses.

Find the concept note of the meeting here.