Mardi 04 décembre 2018, 09:00 - 11:30

African Cities and the Development Conundrum

International Development Policy

Auditorium A1B
Maison de la paix, Geneva

This event marks the launch of International Development Policy (DevPol) journal’s latest issue:  African Cities and the Development Conundrum.

Africa is urbanising faster than any other region on the planet, challenging its long-held rural image. The diversity and complexity of African cities contest conventional understandings of the urban as well as standard development policy responses. What governance and policy measures are needed to ensure a sustainable future for African cities for all stakeholders?

Programme below



9:00 Welcome and Introduction 

Ugo Panizza, Editor in Chief, International Development Policy
Carole Ammann, Guest Editor, African Cities Thematic Issue
Till Förster, Guest Editor, African Cities Thematic Issue

9:10 The Rural vs. Urban Conundrum
What governance arrangements can be made to address the gravitation to urban centres, the development of industry, and the preservation of local cultures and peoples?

Moderator: Filipe Calvão, Graduate Institute

Karen Büscher, University of Ghent
Sebastian Prothmann, Nuremberg, Germany, 
Florian Stoll, University of Bayreuth, Germany

9:50 10-minute break
10:00 Governing Urbanisation
Finding the right mix for Africa’s diverse urban landscape to ensure sustainable development in policy and planning is vital. How do we go about it when so many actors are involved and so much is at stake?

Moderator: Dennis Rodgers, Graduate Institute

Claudia Baez-Camargo, Basel Institute on Governance 
Lucy Koechlin, University of Basel
George Owusu, University of Ghana
10:40 Commentary by Nicolas Kerguen, Service de la Solidarité Internationale (SSI), Geneva
Followed by a Q&A with the audience
11:20 Final word 
Ugo Panizza, Editor in Chief, 
International Development Policy Journal