The East and Central African Community as a region, has experienced rapid urbanization as a consequence of high rural to urban migration and population growth fueled by the younger population that is similar with the entire Sub-saharan area. The rapid urbanization has resulted into rapid increase in unplanned settlement, growth of slums, high youth unemployment and..Continue reading
Robert Klitgaard is a scholar-activist who helps leaders create transformative changes in policy and management. His nine books have been translated into 18 languages and have guided researchers and policymakers around the globe. The Christian Science Monitor has called him “the world’s leading expert on corruption.”
His hands-on, highly participatory methods provide leaders with the best international data, models, and concrete examples, not to copy but to inspire. Bob’s recent international partners range from environmental nonprofits to Supreme Audit Authorities; from the IMF to the OECD; from the Government of Sonora, Mexico, to theInstitute of Directors in Thailand; from theInternational Anti-Corruption Academy in Austria to the Royal Institute for Governance and Strategic Studies in Bhutan.
French Development Agency – AFD - has over 12 years working experience in consultancy firm in local public policies before joining the French Development Agency in 2013.
As Senior project manager in the Urban Development and Local Authorities Division in Paris HQ, Clement follow and evaluate projects related to sustainable urban development and urban planning in emerging countries (Ivory Coast, Brazil, China, Perou) with different types of counterparts (municipalities, local urban development companies or ministry at national level).
Since 2015, he’s AFD Lead Specialist on cities and climate change. In this capacity Clement leads AFD efforts to innovate and strengthen with new financial mechanisms to benefit to cities. He contributes actively with advocacy role to the LPPA Cities & Regions dynamic.
Project Manager and Researcher for the Urbanisation in Developing
Economies Project. Her research focuses mainly on economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa.
She is particularly interested in the interplay between history, institutions, and long-run growth.
Tracy has worked both inside academia (most recently at Vassar College in the US) and on
development projects in Africa. She has publications in the Economic Journal, Journal of
Development Economics, Journal of Comparative Economics, as well as other journals.
Tracy received her DPhil in Economics from Oxford University. She also holds a MSc (Economic History) from the London School of Economics, a MSc (Development Economics) from Oxford University and a BA (Economics & Political Science) from Emory University.
Tony Venables is Professor of Economics at Oxford University where he also directs the Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies and a programme of research on urbanisation in developing countries. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and of the Regional Science Association, and is a Fellow and Council member of the British Academy. Former positions include chief economist at the UK Department for International Development, professor at the London School of Economics, research manager of the trade group in the World Bank, and advisor to the UK Treasury.
He has published extensively in the areas of international trade and spatial economics, including work on trade and imperfect competition, economic integration, multinational firms, economic geography, and natural resources. Publications include The spatial economy; cities, regions and international trade, with M. Fujita and P. Krugman (MIT press, 1999), and Multinationals in the World Economy with G. Barba Navaretti (Princeton 2004).
Myles F. Elledge is a Senior Director for Global Development in RTI’s Innovation Advisors team. Mr. Elledge has 28 years of experience in development policy and regional planning. He has a passion for environmental health and is active in technology innovation and adoption initiatives in water, sanitation and clean energy. He holds a B.A. degree from the University of the South, and studied International Political Economy at the London School of Economics. He holds a Masters degree in Economic and Social Development from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA).
HASTINGS CHIKOKO is the Regional Director for Africa at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and in his role he supports cities in Africa in their climate action planning, measurement and implementation, helping them to forge inter-city as well as regional collaboration. He serves on the Advisory Board of African Centre for Cities. His work with local authorities started at the City of Blantyre and later at the Ministry of Local Government in Malawi. Prior to joining C40, Hastings had a long career with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Switzerland and South Africa; including being the Regional Director (ad Interim) for East and Southern Africa and Head of IUCN sub-regional office for Southern Africa. He worked closely with IUCN State and NGO members in the negotiation of regional and international environmental agreements. He also led IUCNís support to the City of Johannesburg on the Greening Soweto initiative and was involved in the implementation of ICLEI collaborative initiatives with IUCN, including Local Action for Biodiversity. He has also been one of the International Development Research Centerís (IDRC) African Mentors for policy think tanks in Africa; and a member of the Regional Technical Committee of the Global Water Partnership. Hastings holds academic qualifications in Economics, Environmental Diplomacy, Strategic Management, Climate Change Diplomacy and Bilateral Diplomacy from the University of Geneva, University of Derby and University of Malawi.
Joshua Gallo is a Senior Municipal Finance Specialist at the World Bank since 2000, leads the World Bank’s global City Creditworthiness Initiative and various country-specific technical assistance programs (in particular Tanzania, Uganda, Colombia, Malawi). He’s also Program Manager for the Multi-Donor City Creditworthiness Partnership. Previously he was Program Leader for the Sub-National Technical Assistance (SNTA) Program under the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF), as well as Program Manager for the Norwegian Trust Fund for Private Sector and Infrastructure (NTF-PSI). He was posted in long-term assignments in Peru and Tanzania. He holds a Master’s Degree in International Economics and Law from the Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Jean-François Habeau, 36 years old, is the Executive Director of the Global Fund for Cities Development (FMDV), an international alliance providing financing solutions to local and regional governments.
He received his Master’s degree from the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS) and has ten years of experience working for local governments. He spent more than four years in Antananarivo (Madagascar) working for the Ile-de-France Region as the Director of an institute for cooperation and urban planning attached to the municipality of Antananarivo. Then, within the international unit of the Ile-de-France Region and in collaboration with the international organisation Metropolis, Mr Habeau took part in the creation of the FMDV.
Created by UCLG and Metropolis, FMDV -Global Fund for Cities Development- acts as a market- and match-maker. It provides solutions and expertise that allow local and regional governments access to the necessary resources to finance their urban development strategies, especially through long-term and hybridized financing (technical assistance and financial engineering through the creation and operationalization of the enabling environments, appropriate strategies and mechanisms, transfer of expertise, search for financing, innovation).
Global Fund for Cities Development - FMDV
Dr. Jockins Arputham is the president of the National Slum Dwellers Federation of India which he founded in the 70s and also the President for Slum Dwellers International a networks slum and shack dweller organizations and federations from over 34 countries across the world.
He has worked for more than 40 years in slums and shanty towns, building representative organizations into powerful partners with governments and international agencies for the betterment of urban living.
The National Slum Dwellers Federation India works closely with Mahila Milan, a collective of savings groups formed by homeless women and women living in slums across India, and with SPARC, a Mumbai-based NGO, and together they have been instrumental is supporting tens of thousands of the urban poor access housing and sanitation.
Jockin realized that slum dweller organizations had to change their strategy. They had to make governments see them as legitimate citizens with knowledge and capacities to implement solutions. So they sought to work in partnership with government to address their housing problems – and other problems.
He has often said that how can you reduce urban poverty if you do not listen to and work with the urban poor. In this way, he has built more than 20,000 (toilet) seats in Mumbai alone.
He has insisted on new standards on redeveloped housing, an increased floor-space-index. Over the years, Arputham has built 30,000 houses in India, and 1,000,000 houses abroad. Funding for his work comes from many sources.
He has visited many other countries to encourage and support slum or shack dwellers to organize and to encourage them to take their own initiatives to show government what they are capable of.
He is currently residing in Mumbai; his office is in Dharavi.
He was the winner of the 2000 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Peace and International Understanding and an honorary Ph.D. from KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, in 2009.
In 2011, the Government of India bestowed on him its fourth highest civilian honor, the Padma Shri award He is well known for his charisma and excellent public speaking.
Jennifer Semakula-Musisi is a lawyer, advocate of the High Court of Uganda and seasoned administrator with a strong legal, administrative and leadership background. She trained at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda as well as numerous other institutions including The George Washington University, Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School.
Jennifer earlier worked for Makerere University as a Legal Adviser and was then appointed Commissioner Legal Services, and subsequently Commissioner Legal Services and Board Affairs in Uganda Revenue Authority. Jennifer has strong leadership and management skills and a vast experience in the public and private sector. Jennifer was at the forefront of the Institutional Reforms and Restructuring Programme at URA that have made it a benchmark National Revenue Administration in Africa and beyond. She played a key role in identifying personnel and building their leadership capacity. Many of these have now taken up key leadership positions in Uganda and beyond.
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