GPSC African Regional Workshop - Integrated Urban Development in Africa: Challenges and Lessons Learnt


May 14-16, 2018


09:00 AM


African Development Bank headquarters, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.


Led by the World Bank and supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), in collaboration with development partners, the GPSC, promotes sustainable development amidst rapid urbanization. The platform currently comprises 28 client cities across 11 countries. The GPSC works with practitioners and thought leaders from around the world to develop solutions for sustainable urban development and supports cities in their efforts to adopt an integrated approach to urban planning and financing. The objectives of the GPSC are to:

  • Provide a platform for knowledge sharing and learning on an integrated approach to urban planning and management; 
  • Create a space for networking and learning among cities and relevant organizations on issues related to sustainable urban development; and 
  • Support the participating cities’ evidenced-based urban planning work with the aim of forging a common vision and approach to urban sustainability. 

Background and Rationale

Africa’s urbanization rate is growing at unprecedented speed and the continent is projected to soon be one of the fastest urbanizing regions in the world. It will embrace a 56% urbanized population by 2050 ̵ mostly driven by medium-sized cities and cities with less than 1 million inhabitants. When cities and countries encounter such urbanization and urgently need to build infrastructure, a growing number of these cities and countries have realized the importance of sustainable development, economic prosperity, and quality of life for their urban populations.

One of the main challenges that countries and cities continue to face is determining approaches to integrate sustainable development practices into the planning, financing, and implementation dimensions of their projects. GPSC and the African Development Bank (AfDB) will lead the African Regional Workshop titled Integrated Urban Development in Africa: Challenges and Lessons Learnt from May 14-16, 2018. The program will be presented in collaboration with GEF, the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the World Bank. The workshop will feature a mix of lectures and hands-on training regarding three topics:

  • Evidence-Based Approach to Integrated Urban Planning
  • Urban Mobility and Transit-Oriented Development; and
  • Municipal Financial Sustainability and Financing the City’s Sustainability Plans.

The three-day workshop will also include an overview of the GPSC’s Urban Sustainability Framework (USF), along with information regarding urban indicators. The USF is a guidance document that helps cities understand and move toward urban sustainability through practice and a systematic engagement with the GPSC. It elaborates the key components of urban sustainability and lays out a four-stage approach for achieving sustainability, along with the enabling and outcome dimensions of sustainability. Cities in Africa can customize the tool’s parameters to their own context to implement specific urban sustainability programs.

Objective and Expected Accomplishments

The overall goal of the GPSC Africa Regional Workshop is to enhance the capacity of key stakeholders, including national and city government officials and policymakers, to strategically and effectively adopt integrated urban planning concepts into sustainable urban development plans. The workshop will also facilitate peer-to-peer exchanges towards an improved understanding of adopting the USF and evidence-based urban planning approaches with effective municipal financial management. This regional workshop’s content will especially be geared towards African cities.

The expected accomplishments at the end of the workshop include enhanced awareness and improved knowledge of:

  • Multi-dimensional integrated approaches to urban sustainability;
  • The processes, institutions and structures required to put in place initiatives relating to sustainable urban development;
  • Capacity development and technical assistance needed to achieve integrated planning; and
  • Integrated approaches for city-level development strategies through the establishment of a regional network of practitioners.

Targeted Attendance Groups

The targeted participants for this GPSC African Regional Workshop are national and city government officials, policymakers, and institutional practitioners from throughout Africa. Participation is expected to consist of approximately 80 attendees from GPSC members and other nations or cities, along with the UN, multi-lateral development banks, and various organizations.


African Development Bank headquarters, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Working Language

Simultaneous interpretation between English and French.

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Day 1 – Monday, May 14

Integrated Urban Planning



8:30 – 9:00


I. Opening Session

9:00 – 10:00

Opening Remarks

  • Mr. Amadou OUMAROU, Director of Infrastructure, Cities and Urban Development Department, AfDB
  • Mr. Sameh WAHBA, Director of Global Practice for Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience, World Bank
  • Mr. Anthony NYONG, Director of the Climate Change and Green Growth Department, AfDB
  • Mr. Mohammed Adjei SOWAH, Mayor of Accra
  • Mr. Robert Beugré MAMBE, Governor of Abidjan (workshop opening)

Introduction of Workshop Participants

II. Setting the Context: Africa and the GPSC

  • Moderator: Mr. Gareth PHILLIPS, Manager, Climate and Environment Finance, AfDB

10:00 – 10:45

Key Challenges for Urbanization in Ghana

  • Mr. Mohammed Adjei SOWAH, Mayor of Accra

Overview of Urban Challenges in Africa

  • Mr. Stefan ATCHIA, Urban Development Focal Point, AfDB 

Overview of GPSC’s Urban Sustainability Framework

  • Ms. Xueman WANG, GPSC Program Coordinator and Senior Urban Specialist, World Bank

10:45 – 11:00

GEF6 Sustainable Cities Abidjan Urban Development Project: Lessons Learnt

11:00 – 11:15

GEF7 Sustainable Cities Impact Program Outlook

  • Mr. Mohamed BAKARR, Lead Environment Specialist, Program Strategy, GEF

11:15 – 11:30

Coffee Break

III. Evidence-Based Approaches to Integrated Urban Planning

11:30 – 12:45

1. Melaka, Malaysia’s Sustainability Outlook: Integrated Planning and Urban Mobility Strategies 

  • Mr. Serge SALAT, President, Urban Morphology & Complex Systems Institute
  • Mr. Lincoln LEWIS, GPSC World Bank

2. African Urban Renewal

  • Mr. Stefan ATCHIA, Transport Policy & Planning Officer, AfDB


12:45 – 14:00


IV. Obtaining Urban Data for Improved Urban Planning and Growth

Moderator: (TBC)

14:00 – 15:45

1. Synthesizing Urban Data for Improved Planning and Growth and the World Council on City Data (WCCD)

  • Mr. Nico TILLIE, Delft University and European Director of WCCD

2. African Program on Urban Data and Statistics

  • Ms. Sandra ZAWEDDE, UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

3. Supporting GPSC Cities with Satellite Earth Observation for Sustainable Urban Development

  • Mr. Zoltan BARTALIS, Earth Observation Exploitation Engineer, European Space Agency


15:45 – 16:00

Coffee Break

V. How to Integrate Planning Processes to Achieve Urban Sustainability

16:00 – 17:30

Break-out Group Discussions by City Participants

VI. Networking Reception


Day 2 – Tuesday, May 15

Urban Mobility and Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)

Host City Presentations: Cocody, Abidjan Presentation
I. Integrated Approach to Urban Mobility in Africa

9:45 – 10:45

Panel Presentation and Discussion: Urban Mobility

  • Moderator: Mr. Georges Adongo MAKAJUMA, Infrastructure Specialist, AfDB

1. Leveraging Urban Mobility Strategies to Improve Accessibility and Productivity of Cities

  • Ms. Aiga STOKENBERGA, Transport Economist, World Bank

2. Emergence of Mass Transport in Dakar: The Cases of the Bus Rapid Transit project (BRT) and the Regional Express Train

  • Mr. Abdoulaye SY, Technical Adviser, Executive Council of Urban Transport of Dakar, Senegal


10:45 – 11:00

Coffee Break

II. Transforming African Cities Through TOD

11:00 – 12:15

Overview of the Key Components of the GPSC TOD Knowledge Resource

  • Moderator: Ms. Aiga STOKENBERGA, Transport Economist, World Bank
  • Mr. Ashish GHATE, Associate Director, Urban Planning & Design, IBI Group
  • Mr. Bankim KALRA, Manager, Urban Planning & Design, IBI Group


12:15 – 13:15

Lunch Break

13:15 – 15:15

Panel Presentation and Discussion: TOD in Practice – Case Studies from African Cities

  • Moderator: Mr. Ashish GHATE, Associate Director, Urban Planning & Design, IBI Group

1. Nairobi BRT

  • Nairobi BRT: Mr. Georges Adongo MAKAJUMA, Infrastructure Specialist, AfDB

2. Improving the Quality of Transport Service Delivery in Dar es Salaam Through TOD

  • Mr. Yonas MCHOMVU, Senior Transport Specialist, World Bank

3. Spatially Targeted Investment

  • Mr. Herman PIENAAR, Urban Planning and Design Branch, UN-Habitat


15:15 – 15:30

Coffee Break

III. Site Visit

15:30 – 17:30

Site Visit to Abidjan’s HKB Bridge as an Example PPP Project


Day 3 – Wednesday, May 16

Municipal Financial Sustainability and Financing the City’s Sustainability Plans

I. Municipal Financial Sustainability

9:00 – 10:30

Key Concepts of Municipal Financial Sustainability

  • What is Financial Sustainability? Why is it Important? How is it Measured?
  • City case studies
  • Mr. David PAINTER, Municipal Finance Advisor, World Bank


Panel Discussion: Practical Examples of Financial Performance Improvements

10:30 – 11:00

Creating the African City Development Fund

  • Mr. François YATTA, Program Director, United Cities and Local Governments of Africa

11:00 – 11:15

Coffee Break

II. Realizing Projects Through Public-Private Partnerships

11:15 – 12:30

 PPPs in Cities: Rationale and Key Nuances of Municipal PPPs

  1. Key dynamics and success factors of Municipal PPPs
  2. Packaging, pooling and other methods to reduce costs and attract more investors
  3. Funding, financing and revenues

       4. Case study for Tanzania


12:30 – 13:30

Lunch Break

III. Opportunities to Integrate Municipal Finance  and PPP Strategies into African Cities

13:30 – 15:00

Panel Discussion on the Importance of the Enabling Environment for Financing Infrastructure Investments


  • Moderator: Mike SALAWOU, Manager, Infrastructure Partnerships Division, AFDB
  • From the AfDB Perspective: Mr. Massamba DIENE, former Manager, Strategy and Operational Policies
  • From the AfDB Perspective: Ms. Saloua SEHILI, Chief Strategy Officer
  • From the City Perspective: Ms. Khady Dia SARR, Director of the Dakar Municipal Finance Program
  • From the DBSA Perspective: Ms. Mapatane KGOMO, Investments Strategic Partnerships for RSA – Client Coverage
  • For Debt Financing: Mr. David PAINTER, Municipal Finance Advisor, World Bank
  • For PPPs: Mr. Craig SUGDEN, Senior PPP Specialist, World Bank


14:45 – 15:00

Coffee Break

15:00 – 16:15

Break-out Group Presentations and Peer-to-Peer Discussions

16:15 – 16:45

Presentations of Group Findings

IV. Closing Session

16:45 – 17:00

GEF Sustainable Cities Program Discussion

  • ​​​​Mr. Mohamed BAKARR, Lead Environment Specialist, Program Strategy, GEF

17:00 – 17:30

Closing Remarks

  • Ms. Xueman WANG, GPSC Program Coordinator and Senior Urban Specialist, World Bank
  • Mr. Stefan ATCHIA, Urban Development Focal Point, AfDB
  • Vice Governor of Abidjan 
End of the GPSC and AfDB African Regional Workshop
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