East & Central African Cities Development Forum

The DASUDA team took part as partner of KCCA at the East and Central African Cities Development forum held the 24th and 25th of May in Kampala, Uganda.

With a theme “Building inclusive growth and livability in African cities” the forum hosted speakers from 15 countries and was a platform to discuss about the future urban agenda of East and Central Africa Region, identifying and implementing key strategic priorities. It was also an opportunity for sharing, learning and developing a program of action to address the major urbanization challenges in the cities.

Over 300 particpants among city administrators, national and international professionals and investors attended the two days forum.

A key note lecture about partnerships and PPP policies was delivered by the ambassador of the kingdom of the Netherlands Alphons Hennekens followed by a keynote by Robert van Kats of DASUDA addressing the forum on collaboration with local partners to develop local solutions for urban issues.

After the keynotes speeches in the morning session, 8 parallel sessions in the afternoon gave the opportunity to discuss about:

  • Inclusive growth, Slum Upgrade and Engendering Rapid Urbanization.
  • Firm Productivity, Trade and Growth of the City Economy.
  • Urban Governance, Transformational Leadership and Citizen Accountability
  • Climate Change, Urban Resilience and Disaster Risk Management
  • Spatial Planning, Infrastructure, Mobility and Housing
  • Water, Sanitation and Urban Health.
  • Urban Data, Research Capacity and Smart city
  • Municipal Financing, PPP’s and Alternative Financing Mechanisms

On behalf of DASUDA, Robert van Kats, Femi Adewole of Shelter Afrique, Koen van Baekel of Rebel Group, Diana Carolina Ramos of Move Mobility, Amanda Ngabirano of Makerere University, and Jacob Byamukama of KCCA gave lectures about Spatial Planning, Infrastructure, Mobility and Housing.

After the two-day engagement, the city administrators signed on to the Kampala declaration that is a roadmap to ensure continuity of the engagements in building inclusive cities. The Netherlands Embassy, DASUDA Uganda, KCCA and local partners will continue building on implementation of local solutions towards inclusive growth and livability in African cities.

For more information about the forum visit www.eacdf.com