Future Cities Africa is a partnership initiative launched by Cities Alliance and the UK Department of International Development (DFID) in November 2014 designed to support African cities as they transform themselves into resilient, inclusive centres of economic growth and job creation.
Future Cities Africa works together with the participating cities to develop tools for ‘future proofing’ themselves and assuring their resilience.
It seeks to support selected cities to assess, anticipate and minimise future challenges across five dimensions: governance, economy, service, citizenship and environment. Together, these five dimensions make up a Normative Framework for the programme.
Future Cities Africa began with a selected set of African cities across different typologies:
Future Cities Africa comprises a set of six coherent, interconnected activities that are all implemented through a participatory approach to enhance local ownership, engagement and capacity development. They are:
1. Rapid Cities Resilience Assessments (RCRAs)
2. Feasibility Study
3. Research Reports
The research includes:
4. Open-source decision-making platform (Resilience.io)
5. Knowledge-sharing platform
6. Innovative research and toolkits: Innovation for Change
“Through Future Cities Africa, Cities Alliance is encouraging us to reflect on how we strengthen ownership at the local level and how we develop cities with inclusivity, especially gender and those most disadvantaged, in mind.”
--The Hon. Isaac Ashai Odamtten, Metropolitan Chief Executive of Tema, Ghana