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UN-Habitat Training to Enhance Service Delivery in Somaliland

The five-day training to 97 mayors and deputy mayors were delivered under the Joint Programme on Local Governance and decentralization (JPLG) in partnership with Somaliland’s Ministry of Interior

As part of its mandate to deliver capacity building to local officials to enhance delivery of equitable social services, UN-Habitat and partners this month provided training for dozens of local officials. The five-day training to 97 mayors and deputy mayors were delivered under the Joint Programme on Local Governance and…

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African Development Bank launches new initiative to build financial acumen of African cities

The Municipal CFO Initiative was announced during the 9th Africities Summit held recently in Kisumu, Kenya

The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) and United Cities and Local Governments, a global umbrella group for local and metropolitan governments, have announced the launch of a new program to build the capacity of municipal chief financial officers across the continent. The Municipal CFO Initiative was announced during the 9th Africities…

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9th Africities Summit: Kisumu Did It!

Africities in Kisumu has indeed beaten the record reached at the 8th Africities Summit in Marrakesh, Morocco, in 2018

The last day of the Summit offered  an opportunity to take stock of the participation in the Kisumu Summit. Download Declaration (EN): https://bit.ly/39YCtxi Download Declaration (FR): https://bit.ly/3sWLdui The incredible gamble of UCLG Africa to organize for the very first time an Africities Summit in the intermediary city of Kisumu in Kenya proved…

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9th Africities Summit: Official Opening of Political Segment

The main topic of the conversation was “Thriving the way for the future of Africa in a world of turmoil”

The fourth day of the Africities summit started with the official opening of the political segment which was marked by a conversation between two former African heads of State namely, His Excellency Joaquim Chissano, former President of Mozambique and His Excellency Danny Faure former President of Seychelles. The main topic…

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Leading African Institution - The Africa Centre – gets a £5.6 Million Facelift

Everything from furniture, decor and paintings to food and drink in the Centre’s restaurant will celebrate African culture and lifestyle

After years of planning, and a little over 12 months of building and refurbishment work, The Africa Centre (www.AfricaCentre.org.uk) – celebrating contemporary African culture and heritage –  is finally ready to welcome its patrons and supporters to its new home in Southwark, London on 9th June. It will continue to…

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Deputy Secretary-General's video message to the Opening Ceremony Africa Trade & Investment Forum Africities Summit Kisumu

For African cities and territories to play their role as ‘heartbeats’ of trade and investments, adequate infrastructure and facilities must be created to attract investors

Honourable Ministers and Mayors, Dear participants, I am pleased to join this opening session of the Africa Trade and Investment Forum. Africa is facing unprecedented, irreversible, and rapid urbanization. Africa has the world’s youngest and fastest-growing population. Cities will receive 30 million new inhabitants per year by 2030, almost double…

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Africities 2022 Summit: Backbone of the continent, intermediary cities absorb most of the urban population growth, according to a report co-led by the African Development Bank

By 2040, two-thirds of the people who move to urban areas will be moving to intermediary cities

On the occasion of the Africities 2022 Summit, taking place from May 17 to 21, in Kisumu (Kenya), the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) and Cities Alliance released on Wednesday in Nairobi (Kenya), a major report entitled "Dynamics of Secondary Cities in Africa: Urbanization, Migration and Development" which provides a comprehensive…

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9th Africities Summit: Official Opening of the 9th Edition of the Africities Summit

Kick Off of the Discussion on the Role of Intermediary Cities in Africa in the Implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda and the Africa Union Agenda 2063

The 9th edition of the Africities Summit has been launched today in Kisumu by His Excellency, Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya. Former Seychelles head of state, His Excellency Danny Faure also took part in the official ceremony in the presence of 3500 delegates from around the world and…

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    • Infrastructure access is better in cities
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    • Many more skilled jobs in cities (For both, women and men, the share of skilled workers in large cities is approximately 2.5 times higher than in rural areas) (FR)
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People in Africa's Cities Benefit from Better Socio-Economic Outcomes and Standards of Living, According to New Report

Approximately 30% of Africa’s per capita GDP growth over the last 20 years has been due to urbanisation and the agglomeration economies generated

Urbanisation in Africa contributes to better economic outcomes and higher standards of living, with cities notably outperforming national averages across most socioeconomic indicators including the share of skilled jobs, wages, education and access to service and infrastructure, according to a new report (https://bit.ly/381UWs0). Download document (EN):  https://bit.ly/3MPP7N7  Download document (FR): https://bit.ly/38Messy  Produced…

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United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) and CitiIQ Announce Scoring of 60 Major African Cities

Africities Summit on May 17-21 to focus on challenges faced by more than 1,000 Intermediary cities

The United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) (www.UCLGA.org) and CitiIQ, creator of an innovative global city measurement standard, announced today that 60 major African cities have been scored as a contribution to the Africities Summit being held in Kisumu, Kenya from May 17-21. Research shows that the continent of…