Local Strategies and Policies Sessions

STS 1 - Planning and programming strategies for transition at the local level

21 Nov

21 November

9:30 to 12:30

Venue: Tanger



Tel: +254 20 7621234

Email: infohabitat@unhabitat.org

Web: https://unhabitat.org/


Cities Alliance

Tel: +32 2 880 40 88

Email: info@citiesalliance.org

Web: http://www.citiesalliance.org/


Global development trends such as urbanization, migration and globalisation are transforming Africa in unprecedented ways. These can be harnessed to build an effective urban platform for the continent’s social and economic development, but they require the right urban planning and programming policies and strategies to guide the transition, and to support the capturing of the benefits of urbanisation and agglomeration. The scope and scale of urban growth in the continent requires a fundamentally different approach to the current practice of making sporadic, and rather unsustainable large-scale infrastructure investments. Cities and towns must be empowered with the right tools and enabled to facilitate the transition towards a sustainable urban Africa where spatial and territorial planning can guide investments and orient human settlement around sustainable patterns. In this context, sub-national and local governments across the continent and their partners are increasingly developing and testing innovative tools, models and practices for managing urbanization and territorial transformation at both the continental and local levels in strategic ways. This session will offer an overview of innovative planning and programming practices and tools from local governments and partners across the continent, reflect on their peculiarity and relevance in view of the local context and challenges, and explore opportunities for learning and scaling up impact The objectives of the session are:
  1. Review experiences in strategic planning and programming in the region, in view of international agendas and continental transitions.
  2. Promote innovative and sustainable practices and tools.
  3. Promote regional and peer to peer learning and exchange
  4. Identify opportunities for partnerships and for action across stakeholders in support of improved planning and programming




An introduction: This will set the scene for discussions by providing an overview of and reflections on issues from local, regional and global perspectives. It will feature 2 Mayors, UN-Habitat and Cities Alliance.

Session 1: This session will focus on diverse approaches and practices around urban transformation, planned city extension and urban expansion, and will draw from experiences of local authorities and sub-national governments from Ghana, Guinea and Kenya respectively.

Session 2 : The session will focus on partnerships and collaborations, and will feature perspectives from national governments (National Urban Policy), Professional bodies and community representatives in support of improved planning and programming.

Session 3 : The last session will bring together all panelists to reflect on key lessons from the perspective of their cities/organizations and identify critical areas for future action.


Parallel Sessions