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State of African Cities Report 2014 – Editorial Board Meeting

Nairobi, 5-7 August 2013

A UCLG-A delegation led by the secretary general, Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, and the program manager, Mr. Charles Patsika, participated in the State of African Cities Report (SACR) 2014 editorial board meeting at UN Habitat Headquarters at Gigiri, Nairobi, on 5-7 August 2013.

The meeting reviewed the regional chapters of the report for each region of Africa. It was agreed that the authors would make efforts to incorporate all the corrections at their soonest convenience.


The official launching of the SACR 2014 would take place during the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government scheduled in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, on 24-31 January 2014.


UCLG Africa at Metropolis Annual Meeting in Johannesburg

The Metropolis Annual Meeting took place in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 16-19 July 2013, with the participation of World Mayors. During this event, Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi represented United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) as its Secretary General.


In a local interview with the South African Cities Network, Mr. Mbassi discussed the concept of Ubuntu, an African philosophy focusing on human relations, on which the conference’s theme “Caring Cities” is based. UCLG Africa’s Secretary General then emphasized on a top challenge facing urban Africa: “Considering people as an asset” and planning cities based on people’s potential rather than demand. Mr. Mbassi also underlined how not only can African cities learn from the South  African experiences, but also how South African mayors can take lessons from African initiatives to include the people in the management of their cities.

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Meeting with the African Diplomatic Corps at the City Hall of Rabat – Morocco

Rabat, 8 July 2013

On July 8th, 2013, the UCLG-A Secretary General took part in a meeting of the African diplomatic corps accredited in Morocco that was held at the City Hall of Rabat.

The main agenda item of the meeting was centered around the organization of the 4th UCLG Congress in Rabat on 1-4 October 2013, on the theme “Imagine society, Build democracy”.The meeting was introduced by the Mayor of Rabat, Mr. Fathallah Oualalou, President of the “Association Rabat 2013”, and gathered several African diplomats. Participants discussed the events anticipated in conjunction with the Congress such as a meeting of major African cities to be organized by UCLG Africa.



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GOLD III Steering Committee Meeting

Barcelona, 4-5July 2013

The Secretary General of UCLG Africa Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi participated in the meeting of the GOLD Report III to be published during the 4th UCLG Congress from October, 1st to 4th 2013 in Rabat, Morocco.

The meeting included regional authors, experts, and representatives of UCLG and its partners. The meeting oversaw and discussed the outcomes and conclusions and recommendations of each of the 7 regional chapters and of the Metropolitan chapter. Among the key findings are the importance of investment in basic services and their infrastructure and the crucial role of local governments in the delivery of these services.


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UCLG Africa at the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank, Marrakesh, Morocco, 27-31 May 2013

Side-event on the development of an instrument for the funding of urban investments in Africa 

On 29 May 2013, a side event on the theme “Towards a sub-national instrument for the funding of urbanization: Funding local governments, new opportunities for Africa,” ​was ​held in the framework of the 48th Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank in Marrakesh, Morocco. This side-event was co-organized by the African Development Bank (ORPC1 and OIVP departments) and UCLG Africa, with the support of the UCLG Local Finance & Development Committee (LFDC).

The side-event brought together about one hundred participants, including staff members of the AfDB departments in charge of the implementation of the bank’s urban development strategy, experts, elected officials and decision makers of local governments in Africa as well as partners engaged in the support for urban development, including rating agencies, development partners, development banks, representatives of central and local governments, and representatives of the private sector and the media.

The side-event was chaired and moderated by Mr. Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General, the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa). It was marked by three highlights: (1) introductory presentations on the challenges of urbanization in Africa, AfDB proposals to take on these challenges, including through its urban development strategy, and presentation of the international experience in the area of ​​ urban investment funding, (2) A roundtable of mayors during which city officials fromvDakar, Rabat and Maputo presented their reactions to the introductory presentations and their recommendations to improve the funding of urban investments in African cities, (3) Recording of remarks and proposals from participants, including from the representatives of rating agencies, the experts from the Global Development Fund for Cities, and from the private sector.

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Meeting with Mr. Andris Piebalgs, Commissionner for Development European Union Commission

Brussels 26 June 2013

Brussels – On June 26th 2013, the European Union (EU) Commissioner Piebalgs received a delegation of UCLG Africa (UCLG-A) headed by Mrs. Moustache Belle Mayor of Victoria, Seychelles, member of the UCLG Africa executive committee. This meeting was organized following a request for appointment sent to Commissioner Piebalgs by UCLG-A president, Mr.Khalifa Sall, Mayor of Dakar, Senegal.

UCLG-A Secretary General asserted UCLG-A’s intention to play the role of coordination platform between the EU and African local governments and their associations following the EU’s new communication on local authorities. UCLG-A representatives also voiced their local governments’ demands for more support from the EU’s African cooperation programs. Commissioner Piebalgs replied by welcoming this interest and promising a response during his attendance of the UCLG world congress in October 2013 in Rabat, Morocco.


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Territorial Coaching Program – June 2013

Territorial coaching, a program launched by UCLG Africa and Echos Communication, aims at pursuing the synergy among local actors to mobilize their respective potentials in order to solve a specific issue or to promote territorial sustainable development.

Territorial coaching focuses on the behavioral dimension of change processes in order for territorial players to embrace new attitudes supportive of a constructive dialogue that involves them, leading to new directions and situations that will enable them to overcome miscommunications and relational issues, as well as to get organized so as to take common actions and get positive results on the long run.

On Thursday May 30th and Friday May 31st 2013 in Salé (Morocco), the Territorial Coaching program team organized the 4th module of the “Territorial Coaches” training which was launched in February 2013 and goes on until September 2013.

To mark the 4th Module, around twenty Moroccan participants underwent role playing and real-life situations to experience the attitude of a territorial coach and the toolbox made available to well manage interventions in territories. It revolved around preparing our future territorial coaches for the interventions they’ll be making on the first few days after they return to their territories. These interventions will take place under the supervision of the Senior Coaches.

The last training module will unfold early July 2013 under the theme: “Management of difficult personalities”.

We wish plenty of courage and long life to our future first African territorial coaches.

Web site: www.coachingterritorial.com

Announcement: Assessment of the program LEDNA

United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) is the Pan African organization of local governments and the regional section for Africa of the World Organization United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG). UCLG Africa is recognized as a key partner in the process of rebuilding and reshaping of governance in Africa.

UCLG Africa’s mission is to promote decentralization and strengthen local governments and their associations, in order to improve local governance and the delivery of public services through policies that are sustainable, appropriate and consistent with national and regional policies.

To achieve these objectives, UCLG Africa adopted a strategic long-term perspective called GADDEPA (Governance, Advocacy and Decentralized-Development Program for Africa) that defines the roadmap of the organization for the period 2007-2018, and from which is drawn up the organization’s action plan adopted at the Africities Summits. The action plan sets the organization’s priorities for action for a three-year period punctuated by the Africities Summits. The programme Local Economic Development Network of Africa (LEDNA) is prioritized UCLG Africa’s action plan for the period 2009-2012. This programme aims to support local governments and countries wishing to acquire the knowledge, the training of human resources, the development and implementation of programs / projects related to Local Economic Development (LED).

At the end of the first phase of implementation of the program (2009-2013), UCLG Africa undertakes a retrospective and prospective assessment that aims to estimate the extent to which expected outcomes have been reached, to identify any adjustments needed and to identify areas for future program interventions.

Individual consultants and offices interested in participating in the assessments studies are requested to send their resume and / or references before June 14, 2013 at 12:00 GMT at the following address: inqueries@uclga.org.


UCLG Africa launches the New Portal of Local Africa

United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) launches its new official website: a new instrument that is intended to be for Local Africa a window on the World.

The website, available in French and English, is aimed for all stakeholders of the local African life, their partners in the rest of the world but also to the general public. This website also reflects as well the new visual identity of the organization.
Among the features it offers, and besides the presentation of the organization, its mission and its activities, the user will find:
• A comprehensive database updated in real time of all UCLG Africa members;
• Web pages for the National Associations of Local Governments and the cities members of the organization;
• Mini-sites of the programs and projects implemented by UCLG Africa and its partners;
• A documentary platform where documents, photos and videos covering all the issues of local development are made available for the user;
• News and events of the organization, its members and partners.
By providing more visibility to local Africa stakeholders, valuing their initiatives, facilitating their access to resources and putting them in connection with their counterparts and partners, the new website reached a new step in the development of communication about Local Africa.

Workshop dedicated to the knowledge management of the UCLG Africa Secretariat.

A workshop dedicated to the presentation of the Knowledge Management (KM) and Communication Strategies took place at UCLG Africa Secretariat in Rabat Morocco, from Mai 13 to 16, 2013. It has been organized as a part of the Joint Working Program between UCLG Africa and Cities Alliance (CA), which has co-supported the cost of this workshop.

It aimed at disseminating and discussing these two strategies with the UCLG Africa staff, as well as reaching consensus on quick wins and next steps of Information Management within the secretariat, to improve work collaboration and efficiency.
Knowledge management (KM) is concerned with the transfer information and best practices from one part of an organisation to another part where it is needed. In literature, it is broadly defined as “a conscious strategy of getting the right knowledge to the right people at the right time and helping people share and put information into action in ways that strive to improve organizational performance”.

The organisation of this workshop met the unanimous support of the UCLG Africa Staff, who attended the workshop in great number. A success to be reinforced as soon as possible through concrete actions of information management within the secretariat, which will allow UCLG Africa to better services its members.

For more information, please read the UCLG Africa knowledge management strategy.