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New African Urban Agenda – Meeting with the Ministry of local government and rural development of Ghana

At the invitation of the minister of local government and rural development of Ghana, Mr. Akwasi Opong Fosu, the UCLG Africa secretary general participated in the meeting called in Accra on 19 and 20 November 2013.

The aim of the meeting was to discuss the implementation of the New African Urban Agenda initiative in preparation of the 2016 Habitat III Conference. It shall be recalled that this initiative was launched by President Mahama of Ghana and President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria at the last UN general assembly in September 2013.

The meeting was also attended by UN Habitat (Mrs. Mariam Yunusa); the Cities Alliance Secretariat (Mr. Julian Baskin), GIZ (Mr. Sebastian Sunderhaus), as well as by officers from the national association of local authorities of Ghana (NALAG) and from the ministry of local government and rural development of Ghana. The meeting was chaired by the minister in person.

The agenda included:

  • the New African Urban Agenda: background, content, actors, process
  • the Post-2015 process
  • the Habitat III process
  • the Africa 2063 Agenda

The meeting reviewed the state of the art on each of these topics and identified four key convergent building blocks that can inform the New African Urban Agenda: 1. the 2014 State of African Cities Report published by UN Habitat; 2. the report on Assessing Enabling Environment for cities published by UCLG Africa and Cities Alliance; 3. the Cities Alliance Africa Strategy; and 4. the New Urban Pact by AMCHUD (All Africa Ministerial Conference on Urban Development).

The meeting highlighted the need to start changing the narrative about African cities, from negative to more positive. There is need to reinterrogate common knowledge, including the vocabulary used to describe the urban realities of Africa.

The meeting identified:

  • three enabling vectors for a New African Urban Agenda: 1. a national urban policy; 2. a multistakeholders platform to debate urban issues; 3. a renewed attention on urban economy and cities as engines of growth;
  • and three operational vectors: (i) spatial planning; (ii) urban basic services provision; (iii) fiscal system for decentralized authorities.

The meeting also reviewed the Habitat III roadmap which includes three preparatory committee meetings (Prepcom): Prepcom I is scheduled in New York in September 2014; Prepcom II will take place in Nairobi in April 2015; Prepcom III will take place in 2016, the venue yet to be defined. Guidelines for preparation of national Habitat III reports has been issued by UN Habitat for consideration by member countries and other UN agencies. In Africa, Nigeria has put 3 million US dollars to help African countries in the preparation of their national reports, which will be then synthetized at subnational level by December 2014, and in an African continental position by September 2015.

The meeting defined also key milestones towards building the New Afican Urban Agenda as follows:

4-6 December 2013, Nairobi, Kenya: conference on forging partnership towards a New African Urban Agenda

25-28 February 2014, N’Djamena, Chad: AMCHUD meeting

Third Quarter 2014, Accra, Ghana: Africa Urban Forum

1-5 December 2015, Johannesburg or Lusaka: 7th Africities Summit

The meeting concluded its proceedings as follows:

  • UCLG Africa will be tasked with the responsibility to engage with African national associations of local authorities and AMCOD (All Africa Ministerial Conference on Decentralization and Local Development);
  • Cities Alliance will propose a draft roadmap and work plan that would inform the presidential initiative on a New Urban Agenda for Africa, including the framing of a compelling positive narrative in favor of African cities and key messages to be championed by the Presidents of Ghana and Nigeria;
  • UN Habitat will provide more information on the partnership building meeting in Nairobi and keep track on the discussions underway about the inclusion of a urban development goal among the sustainable development goals to be adopted within the Post-2015 Agenda;
  • the Government of Ghana will follow up on the initiative and manage to obtain the buy-in of the roadmap, the work plan and the compelling pro-cities messages by the Head of State;
  •  A steering committee for the initiative was set up under the chair of the minister of local government and rural development of Ghana, comprising the representatives of Nigeria, South Africa and Ethiopia as well as UN Habitat, the UCLG Africa secretariat, the Cities Alliance secretariat;
  • A permanent team tasked with the day-to-day management of the initiative that reports to the steering committee was also envisioned, which details will be defined later on at the initiative of the Chair of the steering committee.

At the fringues of the meeting a working breakfast session was held on 20 November 2013 between the minister of local government and rural development, NALAG secretary general and the UCLG Africa secretary general, on the hosting of the UCLG Africa West Africa Regional Office (WARO) in Accra, Ghana. The minister confirmed the acceptance to host and proposed that a Headquarters agreement be concluded between the government of Ghana and UCLG Africa as soon as possible. The Headquarters agreement should be informed by the agreement concluded for the Head office in Rabat, a copy of which should be sent by UCLG Africa secretariat to the officers in charge in the ministry of local government and rural development of Ghana. The UCLG Africa WARO seat will be within the NALAG premisses. Since these premisses were also identified to house the CLGF Regional West Africa project on local economic development, and given the need for a working space for the team of the New African Urban Agenda presidential initiative, it was felt appropriate to build synergies between NALAG, UCLG Africa WARO and the other projects and initiatives in order to create a local government Hub within NALAG. The possibility of such synergies will be explored by all parties, including through direct talks between the ministry of local government, NALAG, CGLF, and UCLG Africa. A specific meeting to address synergy building might be convened at the initiative of the minister of local government and rural development of Ghana.

 

 

Cities Alliance Consultative Group Meeting

The UCLG Africa secretary general attended the Cities Alliance Consultative Group meeting in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, held from 3 to 4 November 2013 at the Azalai Independence Hotel.

The meeting was preceded on 4 November 2013 by a Policy Advisory Forum on the theme “Managing Urban Growth: key challenges for sound public policies”, chaired by its president, Ms Clare Short. The forum discussed the issues related to urban planning in a context of urban sprawl, with a view to link mastering of the urban growth and its financing. During the forum, the participants received presentations by Mr. Leandre Guigma, architect and urban planner at the ministry of housing and urban planning; Mr. Marin Ilboudo, president of the national association of the municipalities of Burkina Faso; and Mr. Antoine Sawadogo, former minister, chairperson of the Citizenship Laboratory.

The Consultative Group Meeting was held on 5 and 6 November 2013. This meeting was co-chaired by Mrs Lydia Kruse-Tiez, urban development and resilience unit, sustainable development network representative, World Bank; and Mr. Alioune Badiane, UN Habitat project office, UN Habitat.

The CG received firstly the report of the meetings of the CA Executive Committee held in February, June and November 2013. The CA CG meeting discussed and adopted the budget of the Cities Alliance for an interim period running from October to December 2013, and the budget of FY 2014. The CG also debated on governance matters and adopted the CA Performance Monitoring System. Also were on the agenda of the meeting: the presentation and discussion of the “urban expansion in secondary cities” (112 cities) introduced by H.E. Mr. Mekuria Haile, minister urban development and construction, Ethiopia, who presented in particular the Ethiopia cities program initiative (ECPI); and Dave DeGroot, consultant; the presentation and approval of the Cities Alliance strategy for Africa introduced by Serge Allou, lead urban specialist, Cities Alliance Secretariat; the Habitat III Joint Work Program Paper introduced by the CA secretariat.

During the opening ceremony of the Policy Advisory Forum, the Burkina Faso country program agreement was signed between the ministry of housing and urban planning, UN Habitat, and Cities Alliance.

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Cities Alliance meeting in Johannesburg, 14-16 October 2013

The UCLG Africa secretary general leaded a delegation comprising Mr. Daby Diagne, special advisor, and Charles Patsika, program manager, that attended the Cities Alliance meeting in Johannesburg from 14 to 16 October2013.

The aim of the meeting was to contribute to the definition of the Cities Alliance Strategy for Africa. This meeting is a follow up to a former Cities Alliance meeting held in Addis Ababa which identify 5 focus areas for the Cities Alliance Africa Strategy, which are: 1. Developing a compelling pro-city narrative; 2. Developing information systems that can produce and manage accurate and relevant data; 3. Empowering local governments; 4. Better understanding and more effectively responding to informality; 5. Responding to new actors, issues and challenges.

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Three objectives were addressed by the meeting: 1. what do we know about the issues in the different focus areas? 2. What are the challenges to be addressed to start moving the agendas? 3. Which guiding principles and recommendations should be defined for action and what should be the way forward  towards a Cities Alliance strategy for Africa?

On the pro-city narrative, the meeting agreed that we have to face two main obstacles: firstly,  the fact that must of the growth of cities often translate in the growth of slum areas and informal settlements, thus painting African cities as the reflection of the failure of development strategies in Africa; secondly, the fact that despite a ten year period of sustained economic growth rates, the economies of African cities seem to still be dominated by the informal sector in terms of job and revenues generation for the majority of city dwellers, thus amplifying the feeling that cities of Africa cannot be qualified as such, given the huge gap they witness in basic service provision compared to other cities of the world. Building a pro-city narrative should therefore address these two obstacles, but at the same time highlight the resilience potential of African city dwellers thanks to the immense social capital developed by them to adapt to very adverse living conditions; and insist on the bigger share of cities in the GDP of most African countries, which implies that performances of the national economies are more and more linked to the effective and efficient functioning of cities. Any pro-city narrative should also take into account the changing scope of the urban landscape, in terms of thematic focus and actors involved. The technological advances, the issue of sustainability and climate change impacts, the rise of civic power, have deep influence on the way cities are perceived, operate and are managed. City management is from now on the concern of a wider range of stakeholders far beyond the ones we are acquainted to in the national context (communities, local and national authorities, the private sector, and the academia).

On data and knowledge production, the meeting assessed that what gets measured gets managed. One of the key hurdles to the efficient management of African cities is the lack of accurate and useful data  which to base the management system on. The information systems in place are either obsolete, or not enough oriented towards addressing the management needs of city leaders and citizen. The fact that the growth rates of cities are rather high associated to the urban sprawl also complicates the production of timely data. Hence the need to develop alternative ways of data collection and information production, relying more on GIS  digitized information and on the use of ICT and mobile device, and to explore crowd-based generation of localized information. The  Know Your City Campaign being developed  by SDI and UCLG Africa could serve as a model for such alternative ways to producing data in African cities. The development of city dashboards using first hand crowd-based information associated with digital-based information could be a good outcome of such alternative urban information systems. The proposal of a open-source platform to serve as a repository of such data and on African cities has been mentioned. Such a city knowledge platform can be developed in collaboration between SDI, UCLG Africa and the African universities and research centers such as the African Centre for Cities of the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Concerning the empowerment of local governments, there has been a shared understanding that  unless local authorities are on the driving seat in managing the urban challenge, there is no way Africa can maximize the advantages of urbanization and curve its ill consequences on the living conditions of city dwellers. Three main requirements have to be fulfilled in order that cities and local authorities can become key players in the management of urbanization in Africa: (i) get the legal and institution framework right, so that cities and local authorities can benefit from an enabling environment for their initiatives and actions; (ii) get  the financial sharing of public resources between national and local authorities right, which implies that a fair debate on fiscal decentralization takes place between central and local governments. Such a debate can only be effective only if local governments are organized within national associations which empowerment is a precondition to an efficient and structured dialogue on the definition, implementation and assessment of the decentralization policy; (iii) get the human resources of local governments right, which means focusing on the professionalization of local administrations staff, and on the  drastic improvement of leadership skills of the elected local officials.

Given its share in African cities landscape, it was felt that informality is what characterizes the best the nature of cities in Africa. Informality has economic, social, cultural, legal and spatial dimensions, to cite but a few. Addressing the informality issue is therefore a very complex endeavor. Many city leaders lack of understanding of the contribution of the so-called informal sector in the functioning of the city. Some argue that informality is seen as a response to the incapacity of the formal economy to provide means of living to the majority of city dwellers. Other have the feeling that the informal sector is a poor response to the wants of the African city dwellers. Most of the perceptions about informality is rather negative. There is however another school of thoughts that argues that the majority of African city dwellers pursuing their livelihood outside the formal sector stable wage earning jobs are precursors of what will be the future of the labour market worldwide, which is characterized by the precariousness of the conditions of the employees, and the rise of self-employed workers. The way Africa is dealing with this situation particularly in cities can inspire other regions less acquainted to such situations.Therefore this school of thoughts think that the continent can have an advantage on the other regions for alternative and appropriate approaches to social security networks in an environment of dominant self-employed workers.  Having a better understanding of these alternative approaches and systematizing the documentation of the emerging solutions experienced in the African cities contexts, in particular among the city poor, can lead to the rehabilitation of  the African cities informal sector in African cities and  to the definition of inclusive and innovative approaches to inclusive cities.

The meeting recognized that the entrepreneurial and genius capacity of the African people is not supported by the institutional framework. Leaders do not yet realize that the functioning and performances of places are key to optimal and inclusive economic trajectories. They are to attend to the territorial base of economies. This demands a radical departure from the status quo: national and regional economies are anchored in cities that are landing stores for investors and gateways to local, national and regional markets. Cities need robust, capable and fiscally sound local governments endowed with constitutional and other legal defined powers. The political commitment for decentralization is yet to be translated into concrete improvement in the autonomy of decisions of local governments in terms of institutional and fiscal measures. Of course there are different decentralization schemes according to the different countries. But an effort is being made to arrive to a common ground and vision of the content decentralization policies across the continent. The future adoption of the African Union Charter on Values and Principles of Decentralization and Local Development is a step in the right direction.

The Cities Alliance is a good platform that can also contribute to this effort. Without transforming its agenda, mission statement and charter, it has the capacity to make a case why cities matter, generate hypes for the branding of that case, connect key stakeholders for the defense and promotion of this case, and develop at the same time a proof of concept on some pilot cities, thus laying a groundwork for upscaling. In the same vain, the Cities Alliance can also support the development of appropriate knowledge and information systems, develop a pledge in favor of informality, and support the strengthening of the capacities of local governments. In order to efficiently address all these issues the meeting felt it was necessary for the Cities Alliance to set up a Think Tank that would be charged of developing a 3 year roadmap for the definition and implementation of the  Cities Alliance Africa strategy, taking into account the following key milestones:

  1. the Cities Alliance Consultative Group meeting on 4-6 November 2013 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  2. the UN Habitat launching of the Habitat III preparatory process on 4-6 December 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya
  3. The next AMCHUD meeting on 23-28 February 2014 in N’Djamena, Chad
  4. the IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings in April 2014 in Washington, USA, where a side event is scheduled between African local authorities and the African ministers of finance
  5. The 7th World Urban Forum (WUF) in April 2014 in Medellin, Colombia
  6. The Meeting on the Africa’s position for Habitat III in June 2015 in Abuja, Nigeria
  7.  The 7th Africities Summit on 1-5 December 2015

Mr. Billy Cobbett, managing director, of the Cities Alliance Secretariat concluded the meeting by confirming the Cities Alliance Secretariat will present a framework of a strategy and build the proposed Think Tank in the coming days. Participants in the meeting will be informed accordingly.

In the fringes of the meeting, a Memorandum of Understanding on the implementation of the Know Your City Campaign was officially signed between SDI, UCLG Africa, and the Cities Alliance.

 

Publication :Assessing the Institutional Environment of Local Governments in Africa

« Africa’s cities are growing at an unprecedented rate, of over 3% per year on average. The continent’s urban population is expected to double over the next 20 to 30 years, with a majority of Africans living in cities.

Similar to other regions of the developing world, Africa is transforming from a mostly rural region into an urban one. As such, managing the urban process and positioning cities as inclusive engines of growth is an urgent priority for Africa.

With the political, social and economic role of cities growing increasingly important, governance hasemerged as a major issue. As a result of decentralization laws, local governments are expected to play a crucial role in the urbanization process. How effectively they are able to do so, depends largely on the transparency of the policy framework and on how much leeway they are given by national governments. Local governments must be empowered with the functions and resources necessary toinnovate, promote local development, and be accountable to their citizens. »

Based on these assessments, UCLG Africa and Cities Alliance decided to partner in order to propose an assessment of the institutional environment of local governments in Africa. This report analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of the institutional framework set by the African countries to promote local governance and suggest ways to improve its efficiency.

This publication was unveiled on October 3rd during UCLG’s world summit in Rabat

This assessment, the first of its kind for the African Continent, is to be reviewed and and reedited every two to three years. You can read this report online, here.

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Unveileing of the publication during UCLG’s Wolrd Congress in Rabat, with Khalifa Sall  (President of UCLG Africa), Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi (Secretary General of UCLG Africa) and William Cobbett (Head of Programs of Cities Alliance)

 

The Pan-African Council of Local Governments

The Pan-African Council of Local Governments held its annual meeting in the afternoon of 01 October 2013 at Sofitel Hotel (Chapiteau ) in Rabat, Morocco, under the chairmanship of Mr. Khalifa Sall , President of UCLG Africa.

This meeting was attended by delegates representing members of National Associations of Local Governments, African cities and several other guests.

After the opening address by the President of UCLG Africa; the Mayor of Rabat, President of the Organizing Committee of the World Congress of UCLG took the floor to thank all African elected officials for their massive presence in Rabat, an African soil. He also recalled the support of the same Council, at its meeting in Cairo in November 2010, for the candidacy of Rabat to host the Congress.

After these introductory remarks, the President of UCLG Africa opened officially the proceedings whose highlights are as follows :

A paper on the Draft Constitution of the High Council of Local Authorities of the African Union (A presentation by the President of UCLG Africa, in the absence of the Senegalese Minister of Local Governments);

A paper on the Draft African Charter on the Values and Principles of Decentralization, Local Governance and Local Development (A presentation by the Secretary General of UCLG Africa);

A paper on the launching of the report on the evaluation of the conducive environment for the action of cities, whose launching ceremony was scheduled to take place on Thursday 03 October 2013 at the UCLG Africa Stand, Institutional Pavilion, Rabat 2013 Exhibition (Paper presented by the LEDNA  Coordinator, Mr. YATTA);

A presentation on the Africa strategy of Cities Alliance (Presentation by Mr. Serge ALLOU);

An update on the 2014 Report on the State of African Cities (Paper presented by Malene LAROS, ICLEI AFRIC);

An update on the Habitat III Agenda (Paper presented by Mr. Alioune Badiane of UN-Habitat);

A presentation on the prospects opened by the Commission of the European Union on the local authorities (Mr. ANGELO BAGLIO);

Presentation of Facility Next Cities of Microsoft (Microsoft Vice-President for Africa and the Middle East);

A report on the African participation in the UCLG Congress, with the presentation of the proceedings of the Congress and the nomination of candidates of Africa for the bodies of UCLG (Presentation by the Secretary General of UCLG Africa).

After the presentation of these papers and in the absence of any other issues, the President ordered the adjournment of the session.

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9th Ordinary session of the Executive of UCLG Africa

30 September 2013

Sofitel Hotel- Rabat, MOROCCO

The Executive Committee of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) held its ninth ordinary session in the afternoon of 30 September 2013, in the Alba Maxima Hall of Sofitel, in Rabat, Morocco , under the chairmanship of Mr. Khalifa Sall, President of UCLG Africa. The ninth session was held on the eve of the official opening ceremony of the UCLG World Congress.

The proceedings of the ninth session began with the welcoming address by the President of UCLG Africa.

Several items were on the agenda of this session:

  1. Adoption of the report of the Executive Committee meeting in Brazzaville and Presentation of the implementation report of resolutions and recommendations of the Executive Committee of 20 February in Brazzaville;
  2. The activity report of the General Secretariat
  3. The Financial and audit reports
  4. The institutional development issues
  5. The items addressed under ‘Any other business’ were:
    • Information on the proceedings of the Elective General Assembly of UCLG, during the Congress
    • Highlights of the Congress
    • Launching of the report on the conducive environment for the action of cities (Launching Ceremony scheduled to take place on Thursday 03 October 2013 at UCLG Africa Stand, Institutional Pavilion, Rabat 2013 Exhibition)
    • Working lunch with Commissioner Piebalgs (scheduled to take place on Wednesday 02 October 2013)
    • Memorandum of Understanding between AMCOD and UCLG-A (Signing scheduled to take place on Friday 04 October 2013 at UCLG Africa Stand, Institutional Pavilion, Rabat 2013 Hall)
    • Memorandum of Understanding with Microsoft

The Executive Committee, after having heard and discussed each of these items on the agenda, drew up the summary of resolutions.

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Seminar of the Chief Financial Officers of African Cities

25 to 28 September 2013, Rabat (Morocco)

From 25 to 28 September 2013 was held in Rabat, at Chellah Hotel – on the sidelines of the 4th  UCLG World Congress -, the first International Seminar of the CFOs of African cities

, organized by UCLG Africa in partnership with the UCLG Local Finance and Development Committee, with a view to promoting peer learning and improving significantly the financial management of local governments in Africa.

This seminar pursued several objectives. The first objective was to mobilize local finance practitioners in Africa so as to involve them in the setting up of an observatory on local finance in Africa, which would serve as a system of reference at the national, regional and international levels. The establishment of this observatory requires an agreement on the system of collecting, updating and analysis of the financial data from the local governments with a view to publishing notably ratio guides. The observatory will also help to conduct a comparative approach promoting benchmarking of performances in the management of local finance in the different regions  of Africa. The seminar enabled participants to gain training in the use of PEFA (Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability) as a financial analysis tool for the local governments, and whose use was recommended for the major African cities.

Furthermore, the seminar explored the different modalities to prepare the local governments to  access borrowing and the capital markets.

At the end of the proceedings, the CFOs of African cities decided to set up a network termed: AFRICA FINET (Network of CFOs and United Cities and Local Governments of Africa), and adopted the Rules and Regulations. They also set up a Bureau whose President is Ms. Ouafae MOUNIATI, Chief Financial Officer of Marrakech, Morocco.

The official launching of the Network was scheduled to take place on 03 October 2013, at the UCLG Africa stand within the institutional pavilion of the Rabat 2013 Exhibition, during the presentation ceremony of the publication on the evaluation of the institutional environment of African cities co-edited by Cities Alliance and UCLG Africa.

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The Platforma Seminar

30 September and 1 October 2013, Rabat (Morocco)

The European Voice of Local and Regional Authorities for Development, organized Platforma on 30 September and 1 October 2013, in Rabat, at Le Diwan Hotel, a seminar on Dialogue and Capacity Development for the  Local and Regional Authorities in the Maghreb , in the areas of Development and Local Governance.

During the seminar, which was attended by about sixty participants including several mayors and representatives of Local and Regional Governments of Maghreb, such as the Mayor of Nouakchott, the Deputy Mayor of Rabat and the President of the Network of Local Elected Women of Africa (NLEWA), several themes were addressed and were the subject of fruitful exchanges, notably on the new Communication for Local Authorities published by the European Commission in May 2013, governance and the post 2015 agenda, and the inclusion of the local level, particularly with regard to the gender issues.

Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi , Secretary General of UCLG Africa, on behalf of his organization contributed to the coordination of exchanges on the highly important content of the new communication of the European Commission for Local Authorities.

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Meeting with the Diplomatic Corps Accredited in Morocco

Rabat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation

10 July 2013

The Secretary General, UCLG-A attended an information meeting of the Diplomatic Corps Accredited in Morocco held on 10 July 2013, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco.

This meeting follows a previous one held on 8 July 2013 at the Rabat City Hall with the African Ambassadors. The reason of the meeting was the organization of the 4th UCLG World Congress that the city of Rabat will host on October 1-4 2013.

 

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The theme of the congress is “Imagine society, Build democracy”. This theme will be developed around two plenaries and 5 roundtables. The congress will also be the opportunity to celebrate one century of the world municipal movement.

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Mission of UCLG Africa at the World Bank

UCLG Africa president and Dakar mayor, Mr. Khalifa Ababacar Sall, led a mission of the UCLG Africa leadership to Washington DC from the 19th to the 21st August.

On the first day of this mission, organized by the Cities Alliance, the UCGL Africa delegation participated in a working session with the Cities Alliance secretariat.

On the following day, the delegation participated in several meetings with representatives of the Urban Development and Services Unit of the Africa Region (AFTUS), the World Bank Institute (WBI) and the Finance, Economics and Urban Development, Sustainable Network.

On the last day of this mission, the delegation led by Mr. Sall held a meeting with representatives of the Africa Disaster Risk Management Unit. This meeting was followed by a wrap-up session with the Cities Alliance Secretariat. During this meeting, the representatives of both organizations made several decisions regarding the partnership between UCLG Africa and the Cities Alliance.

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