REFRAME. Aligning Africa’s urban agenda

A series of dialogue events with African leaders about the development of African cities after Corona


Covid-19 manifests most intensely in cities. As the pandemic unfolds, pre-existing urban problems are rendered in stark relief: e.g. the chronic lack of access to basic services such as water and sanitation, the inadequacy of primary healthcare infrastructure, and most worryingly, the precarity of livelihoods of urban majorities embedded in informal economic circuits. The mobilisation of public resources represents an opportunity to take a longer view and refocus efforts to actively promote sustainable urbanism as a viable development strategy for African cities.

As part of the project Urban Dialogues, the event series Reframe resumes these issues. The African Center for Cities at University of Capetown, Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and other partners are planning five virtual discussions with African leaders from relevant sectors in September and October 2020. The expert panels and the following discussions will include Edgar Pieterse, Director African Center for Cities, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, General Director UCLG Africa, Phumeza Mlungwana, Activist, Capetown, and Oumar Sylla, UN Habitat.

This propositional conversation series seeks to set an agenda and provide a set of coordinates for multilateral partners, knowledge institutions, social movements, governments, networks and concerned business to gravitate around. The intention is to equip all stakeholders to influence policy formulation processes at a pan-African scale, between Africa and Europe, at national and local levels. It seeks to make plain what it will take to achieve the lofty and urgent goals of Agenda 2063, the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement.

The debates at a glance:

  • Reframe 1 | 23 September 2020: African Cities and Agenda 2063
  • Reframe 2 | 29 September 2020: Political Economy of Urban Transformation
  • Reframe 3 | 07 October 2020: Sustainable Infrastructure is the key to success
  • Reframe 4 | 14 October 2020: Civic Power
  • Reframe 5 | 21 October 2020: Innovative Regulation is Transformative Politics

Registration and more details on the event series here.

All events can be watched via livestream as well as afterwards on YouTube.

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