KIPPRA participated in and played a key role at the 9th Africities Summit held in Kisumu County on 17th to 21st of May 2022. The theme of the summit was “the role of intermediary cities of Africa in the Implementation of Agenda 2030 of the United Nations and the African Union Agenda 2063.”
The summit, which is organized every three years by the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA), saw more than 8,000 delegates from over 40 countries attend. They comprised international and regional leaders, African ministers, leaders and officials of local and regional governments, civil society organizations, development partners and other stakeholders. Among key guess who addressed the forum include Kenya’s President Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta and the Chairperson of the African Union is H.E. President Felix-Antoine Tshisekedi. US Special Presidential Envoy on Climate Change, Mr John Kerry, addressed the summit virtually.
KIPPRA participated in several sessions, including making a presentation in one of the breakaway sessions on a study on Urban Economic Growth, which was conducted in collaboration with the Brookings Institution. Various KIPPRA policy analysist also participated in panel discussions during the session.
The KIPPRA Executive Director, Dr Rose Ngugi, was part of many panel discussions in relation to the summit and the urban cities agenda, including one organized by Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on the launch of a book titled “Africa’s Urbanisation Dynamics 2022: The Economic Power of Africa’s Cities,” which was authored by OECD and African Development Bank (AfDB).
The Institute also had an exhibition booth where staff distributed books and promotional materials and created awareness of KIPPRA’s products and services. KIPPRA also took advantage of the robust social media promotions and posts to highlight the Institute’s participation at the summit and create awareness of its products and services.
The 9th Africities Summit was unique as it was held by an intermediary city – Kisumu City. Previous summits have been held in capital cities. This was the second time Kenya was hosting the summit. The next Africities Summit will be held in Egypt.