Towards Sustainable African Cities

Pan-African conversations, processes, experiences, opportunities?
30 July 2015, DBSA 13h30 for 14h00

The African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum (ACCSF) took place from 23 to 25 June 2015 during Sustainability Week in the City of Tshwane. The pan-African convening intended to engage and explore various opportunities to address the sustainability imperative arising from the current and numerous challenges African cities face on a daily basis. Involving the mayors of Africa’s capital cities, it meant to lay the foundation for expanded African cooperation at the city level, and at the urban scale, and to engage these continental leaders in championing urban sustainability in their countries.

The organisers led into the session with the bold statement that “Supported by appropriate policies, design ingenuity, innovation, technical proficiency, robust implementation mechanisms and adequate infrastructural investments, African cities can reach high levels of quality of urban life, improving drastically their environmental footprints while reaching highly competitive economic prosperity in the medium to long term. Ensuring that the most rapidly developing cities in the world develop sustainably is arguably the most important objective on the planet.”

The Infrastructure Dialogues have invited the City of Tshwane to present on the ACCSF and its resultant Declaration. Beyond the Forum, Tshwane has also embarked upon developing an implementation approach for the City. Specifically, the City has undertaken to engage in tangible delivery towards achieving sustainable infrastructure, good governance, competitiveness and resilience in terms of its long-term vision which focuses on economic development, spatial transformation and reforming its communities. Specifically, Tshwane will highlight its 3D Mobile Mapping Pilot Project which they are currently piloting as part of its Capital Investment System and Development Intervention Programmes. The project is envisaged to help the City in preparing its Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan which will gear them towards the sustainability of infrastructure development, and towards creating an enabling environment for sustainable economic development and growth.

The City of Tshwane will share the ACCSF Declaration, and the City’s own implementation framework in response. A panel of respondents will then provide a launching pad for the Dialogue by providing their respective insights on key issues and opportunities related to achieving sustainable infrastructure and development in Africa.

Through a facilitated discussion, the Dialogue’s goal is to achieve: an improved climate for policy and decision-making; strengthened cooperation within the infrastructure sector; and specifically, ideas that participants may be able to take forward or apply through their respective areas of responsibility.

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