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GPSC African Regional Workshop – Integrated Urban Development in Africa: Challenges and Lessons Learnt

Event location: 
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

The African Development Bank and the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities (GPSC) will organize an African Regional Workshop on “Integrated Urban Development in Africa: Challenges and Lessons Learnt” on May 14-16, 2018 in Abidjan.

Africa’s urbanization rate is growing at unprecedented speed and the continent is projected to be one of the fastest urbanizing regions in the world.

The continent will embrace a 56% urbanized population by 2050 ̵– mostly driven by medium-sized cities and cities with less than 1 million inhabitants. When cities and countries encounter such urbanization and urgently need to build infrastructure, a growing number of such cities and countries have realized the importance of sustainable development, economic prosperity, and quality of life for their urban populations.

One of the main challenges that countries and cities continue to face is determining approaches to integrate sustainable development practices into the planning, financing, and implementation dimensions of their projects.

The workshop’s program will be presented in collaboration with Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the World Bank. The workshop will feature a mix of lectures and hands-on training in three areas:

  • Evidence-Based Approach to Integrated Urban Planning
  • Urban Mobility and Transit-Oriented Development; and
  • Municipal Financial Sustainability and Financing the City’s Sustainability Plans.

The three-day invitation-only workshop will also include an overview of the GPSC’s Urban Sustainability Framework (USF), along with information regarding urban indicators. The USF is a guidance document that helps cities understand and move toward urban sustainability through practice and a systematic engagement with the GPSC. It elaborates the key components of urban sustainability and lays out a four-stage approach for achieving sustainability, along with the enabling and outcome dimensions of sustainability. Cities in Africa can customize the tool’s parameters to their own context to implement specific urban sustainability programs.

For information on the forum click hereAbidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

About the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities

Led by the World Bank and supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), in collaboration with development partners, the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities (GPSC), promotes sustainable development amidst rapid urbanization. The platform currently comprises 28 client cities across 11 countries.

The GPSC works with practitioners and thought leaders from around the world to develop solutions for sustainable urban development and supports cities in their efforts to adopt an integrated approach to urban planning and financing. The objectives of the GPSC are to:

  • Provide a platform for knowledge sharing and learning on an integrated approach to urban planning and management; 
  • Create a space for networking and learning among cities and relevant organizations on issues related to sustainable urban development; and 
  • Support the participating cities’ evidenced-based urban planning work with the aim of forging a common vision and approach to urban sustainability.

Technical contact: Mahamat Assouyouti, Senior Climate Change Officer, Climate Change and Green Growth Department, African Development Bank

Official hashtags: #GPSC_Africa and #theGPSC

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