20.10.2022 | The politics of urban governance in Africa: Pathways to inclusivity (IDOS)

Rapid urbanisation poses multiple challenges for African cities in terms of urban planning and the provision and financing of infrastructure and services. While most debates focus on technical solutions to address these challenges, the political dimension of urbanisation receives less attention. This is one explanation for the discrepancy between optimistic rhetoric of municipal, national, and international stakeholders and the often harsh socio-economic realities on the ground.

Our Megatrends Afrika policy workshop addresses this gap and engages with the political dimension of urbanisation by presenting three papers on the panellists’ latest research on urban governance in Africa.

They address the following questions:
– How do different stakeholders such as municipalities, national governments, civil society organisations, the private sector, and international donors influence the politics of urban governance in Africa?
– Which kinds of local competition and bargaining for political and economic power exist in urban settings and how do they affect policy outcomes?
– Which governance approaches or institutional reforms can be used to address the identified challenges and facilitate more inclusive urban governance?

Policy Workshop
Thursday, 20 October, 2022, 4.00 p.m. – 5.30 p.m. CEST
IDOS – German Institute of Development and Sustainability, Tulpenfeld 6, 53113 Bonn and online via Webex

(REgistration in person or online) by email to megatrendsafrika@swp-berlin.org. We will provide further information and instructions for log-in upon registration.


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