27 – 31 August 2018 — Singapore and UN-HABITAT organised the 2nd edition of the International Leaders in Urban Governance Programme for Africa which took take place between 27-31 August 2018 in Singapore. Mayors, governors, heads of metropolitan regions and provincial governments, decision-makers, senior urban practitioners, and senior officials from rapidly urbanizing African cities came to apply. The inaugural programme in 2017 attracted 42 city leaders from 14 African cities.
The 5-day long urban governance programme sought to strengthen the capacity of decision-makers in the areas of sustainable urbanization and improve knowledge on local finance, housing, urban planning and land management, mobility, the Sustainable Development Goals, the New Urban Agenda and the Singapore’s Liveability Framework. The programme is problem-solving oriented and provides an interactive learning experience that facilitates exchange of knowledge, best practices and peer-to-peer learning. Participants got acquainted with Singapore’s urban transformation experience through technical visits and discussions with Singaporean experts.
Participants received support in the formulation, development and follow-up of action plans on the priority urban challenges for their respective cities. The programme was enhanced by the participation of mentors and practitioners from the Government of Singapore and UN HABITAT.
This year’s programme was held simultaneously with the Africa Singapore Business Forum (ASBF) and the African High Level Ministerial Exchange Visit (AHLMEV), offering opportunities to strengthen ties and networks between Singapore and African countries, cities and business leaders. The programme was fully conducted in English.