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Sustainable Urban Growth in Africa: the Role of Governance, SMEs and Disruptive Technologies Ifri Webinar

In 2030, half of the African population will be living in urban agglomerations. Rapid urban growth has been defined as major challenges, but also a potential opportunity for the continent’s socio-economic development. Creating inclusive, sustainable and resilient cities is one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Public authorities, national governments and the private sector are confronted with major challenges resulting from growing demographic and spatial growth of African urban agglomerations: access to jobs, housing and land, but also to basic services such as transport and clean energy are priority.

In preparation of the next Africa-France summit (Montpellier, 7th-9th October 2021) and focusing on three interrelated key sectors of urban governance – land, transport and energy – this webinar will address the role of disruptive technologies, developed by start-ups and tech companies and SMEs, to achieve the goal of more inclusive and sustainable cities.

This webinar is co-organized by Ifri’s Sub-Sahara Africa Center and Ifri’s Center for Energy & Climate.

Chair & moderation: Sina Schlimmer, Researcher, Sub-Sahara Africa Center, Ifri


  • Antony Lamba,  Chief Technical Advisor, UN-Habitat
  • Teddy Delaunay, Project Officer, Croix Rouge Mobilités
  • Hugo Le Picard, Researcher, Center for Energy & Climate, Ifri

Contact the organizers: 

For more information, please contact Sina Schlimmer : schlimmer@ifri.org

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