In an effort to strengthen Africa’s urban transition, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) initiates Multi-City Challenge, where 5 African urban cities were selected for the purpose of drawing collective intelligence of residents in developing innovative approaches to solve complexities of urban challenges.
This was contained in a statement issued to PRIME TIME NEWS on Friday and signed by Malam Abba Anwar, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kano State.
Kano is the only city from Nigeria alongside Accra from Ghana, Kampala from Uganda, Mutare from Zimbabwe and Bahir Dar from Ethiopia.
The programme is a “…process by which cities facing common problems pool expertise from residents to discover, implement and innovate solutions through training and coaching, increasing connectivity within and between communities.”
That would help in driving towards implementation. And Multi-City Challenge enables cities to collectively tackle problems that are being unable to solve on their own. It seeks to validate new models of governance.
As Kano is participating on two topics, reducing waste generation and improving waste management and building urban resilience in slums and informal settlements, governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje called on Kano people to fully participate in forwarding their recommended solutions to the identified topics.
“We encourage our people to participate in forwarding their recommended solutions for reducing waste generation and improving waste management and building urban resilience in slums and informal settlements,” he encouraged.
The website given for those who want to participate in forwarding their recommendations is https://africa.multicitychallenge.org
Governor Ganduje appreciates his Special Adviser on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Habib Yahya Hotoro, who is the Team Lead for the team meant to facilitate for an effective participation of the state.
The programme is also meant to amplify the “…need to integrate technology to improve the processing of inputs.” So also a need to scale crowdsourcing in policymaking.
The stages of the programme stand at, first and foremost, the context, then problem definition, which results to identification of solutions, down to implementation and finally scaling and evaluation.
It is suggested by the programme that, “Africa population, in the next 30 years, is projected to double to 2.5 billion people with about 55% living in urban areas. This is significant increase given that 10% of Africa’s population resided in urban areas in 1950.
Africa’s urban transition is an opportunity to create new social, economic, and environmental development models.”