By 2050, an estimated two billion more people will reside in informal areas, with Africa requiring two-thirds of its infrastructure by then. The buildings sector contributes 37 per cent of energy-related CO2 emissions.

To address these challenges, GIZ, – on behalf of BMZ -, and Cities Alliance will host a joint webinar series in 2024. These sessions aim to explore practical strategies for equitable and sustainable urban planning, construction, and financing. The goal is to empower local stakeholders to drive socially inclusive and climate-conscious urban transformations.

The series will also explore strategies for involving subnational governments more effectively in global development and climate agendas.

In partnership with Cities Alliance and together with ICLEI, Slum Dwellers International (SDI) and the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF)  five events are planned throughout the year:

  • March: Fostering sustainable construction in informal areas
  • June: Framing pro-poor Nature-Based Solutions 
  • August: Changing Cities for the better from the bottom-up
  • September: Leaving no women* and no one behind in sustainable urban development
  • November: How to provide finance for the “unbankable”? 

The kick-off webinar on 21 March will explore the potential of sustainable construction and design methods to improve the living conditions of people in informal areas. Considering the Buildings and Climate Global Forum happening beforehand (7–8 March) the discussion will centre on how global agendas such as the Buildings Breakthrough could serve as catalysts for change in this regard. Participants will discover the intersection of enhancing the living conditions of the urban poor and addressing global crises like climate change and urbanization.

GIZ-Cities Alliance webinar series 2024. Event 1: Sustainable construction in informal areas. Flyer