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In these unprecedented and uncertain times, ICLEI Africa stands with you all in solidarity and wishes you well on Africa Day 2020. As we reflect on Africa today and look toward a resilient urban future, in which our cities are healthy, thriving hubs, we are excited to launch RISE Africa, framed around Inspiring Action for Sustainable Cities, as well as ICLEI Africa’s Webinar Series: Building sustainable African cities during and after a pandemic.
 “Our cities are the manifestation of our imaginations, relationships and life experiences – we make our cities. To make them inclusive, resilient, and restorative, it is up to us to reclaim African urban narratives. We need to boldly contribute our stories, ideas, expectations and actions. Only this way will we own and influence the future of our cities”.

~ Kobie Brand, Regional Director: ICLEI Africa

Join us as we explore the RISE Africa themes over the next few months through the RISE Africa Roadmap of online engagements, shared resources, webinars and video provocations. Together, we will build momentum for the RISE Africa Summit in May 2021.
To kick off the RISE Africa Roadmap, we invite you to participate in the RISE Africa Annual Photography Competition, taking place on Instagram. This year’s theme, Hidden Flows, aims to uncover the heartbeats of our cities by following five resource flows over the course of five months. Each month will focus on a different theme: June is for #food, July is for #waste, August is for #water, September is for #mobility and October is for #energy. To enter, follow @futureafricancities on Instagram, and use #hiddenflows and the theme of the month in your submitted images. Winners will be announced monthly and the grand winner will be announced in November 2020. For the full brief, please visit the RISE Africa website. We look forward to seeing your interpretations!



May 2020: AFRICA DAY
Launch of RISE Africa
June 2020
Covid-19 and the City – how the pandemic is changing our cities
July 2020
The Gender Agenda: from theory to action in urban planning and development
#AfricanCITYFOODMonth – building safe, resilient, nourishing urban food systems
August 2020
SDG Localisation – how do we action the Sustainable Development Goals in our municipalities?
September 2020
The Future of…
Exploring ways of imagining and approaching the future
October 2020
November 2020
Online Exhibition of Hidden Flows Competition
Online Resource: Positioning the African Urban Circular Economy 

December 2020
Smart Cities for Africa

Taking Risks: innovation and experimentation in our cities

January 2021
Welcome to 2021! – what is your resolution for contributing to your city?

February 2021
Pitching Business Ideas for the New Economy

March 2021
Urban Water Ethics for African Cities

April 2021
Ready, Set, Action – What to expect for RISE Africa 2021

24 - 26 May 2021
Century City Conference Centre, Cape Town


Have you registered for ICLEI Africa’s Webinar Series? Times are uncertain as city officials respond to a health pandemic and find ways to build urban resilience. Every day, across the continent, new and innovative approaches are emerging. These ideas will lead us into a new urban normal. Join us online as we explore these approaches with experts from across the continent.


“Africa is rich in natural resources yes, but also in history, in intellectual output, in culture, in a sense of humanity and in human capital.”

- H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa, Chair of the African Union and President of South Africa

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