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      12/08/2013

      Parallel Session “Towards Sustainable Funding for Urban Development in Africa"

      In partnership with Metropolis and UCLG, FMDV organized a parallel session, as part of the "REsolutions to Fund Cities” program. The session aimed at stimulating discussion to guide the "REsolutions to Fund Cities" African program. It was also an opportunity to ...
      Parallel Session “Towards Sustainable Funding for Urban Development in Africa#

      In partnership with Metropolis and UCLG, FMDV organized a parallel session, as part of the "REsolutions to Fund Cities” program. The session aimed at stimulating discussion to guide the "REsolutions to Fund Cities" African program. It was also an opportunity to outline strategic priorities for the program's future activities (seminars, publications, training workshops, and pilot projects).

      Parallel Session “Towards Sustainable Funding for Urban Development in Africa: Challenges, Barriers & Opportunities”, during the Metropolis Annual Congress in Johannesburg
      In partnership with Metropolis and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), FMDV organized a parallel session, as part of the "REsolutions to Fund Cities” program. Through concrete examples of strategies and instruments for urban development funding, the session aimed at stimulating discussion to guide the "REsolutions to Fund Cities" African program. It was also an opportunity to outline strategic priorities for the program's future activities (seminars, publications, training workshops, and pilot projects).
      Chaired by Councillor Geoffrey MAKHUBO (President of the Johannesburg Mayoral Committee for Finance), the session validated the relevance of urban development funding in Africa.
      The first part of the session focused on the context and challenges faced by African local authorities in sustainable funding of urban development through the interventions of Sithole MBANGA (South African Cities Network Executive Director) and Jean-Pierre ELONG MBASSI (UCLG Africa Secretary General). The interventions helped to emphasize that local communities need to access diversified funding sources in the context of rapid urbanization, based on inherited malfunctions, and a change of scale related to globalization. At the same time, the speakers stressed the importance of a better understanding of urban development in Africa, the changes in the functions of cities and vulnerabilities for inhabitants.
      The second part of the session introduced several case studies to illustrate the diversity of strategies and mechanism that African local authorities and their partners have experienced. The Dakar Municipal Finance Program as well as other projects and strategies have been introduced by the City of Dakar, Evenson Dodge International (EDII), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the French Development Agency in Johannesburg (AFD), FEICOM and Slum Dewellers International (SDI). These experiences helped to define African trends for urban funding, reaffirm the need to establish a formal dialogue, and create a space in which to share experiences among local communities that are already very dynamic.
      Alain Le SAUX (FMDV Executive Director) affirmed that the case studies allow the FDMV to already capitalize on African initiatives for funding and to guide the strategic axes of the "REsolutions to Fund Cities“ African program. His speech was supported by Josep ROIG (UCLG General Secretary) and Aisa KIRABO KACYRA (UN-Habitat Deputy Director), who reiterated the importance of bringing up the innovative urban funding issue to answer the needs of local communities in the agenda of UCLG and the Habitat III Summit.
      A round table was then organized in order to collect feedback from select African cities (Abidjan, Antananarivo, Rabat) on their urban development strategic vision, to identify their needs for the development of their community.
      Concluding the session, Khalifa SALL (Mayor of Dakar) reiterated the commitment of the City of Dakar to the “REsolutions to Fund Cities” African program, which will explore the theme of urban funding in all of its diversity (urban planning, better access to internal and external funding, decentralization of resources and capabilities). The situation of local authorities across the continent remains disparate, even if consensus exists around underinvestment relative to the huge needs of urban development.
      The session validated the relevance and general interest of addressing the issue of urban funding, and was the first event for the African "REsolutions to Fund Cities" program. From this preliminary stage, a seminar will be soon organized in Africa in order to share existing strategies on the continent, and opportunities for cities to diversify their sources of funding for their sustainable development.
      The next meeting for "REsolutions to Fund Cities" will take place alongside the Annual Congress of UCLG in Rabat (Morocco) from the 1st to the 4th of October 2013.
      The report of the parallel session will be made available on the FMDV website soon (www.fmdv.net).
       

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