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20 May 2022
Webinar: Opening of the African School on Decentralisation
By 2050 most Africans will live in cities, and more than 80% of that increase will occur within the existing borders of cities and especially in slums.

The improvement of the living conditions of African people and the economic and social structural transformation of the African continent is therefore closely linked to the way in which African cities are governed.

From 30 May to 10 June 2022, experts from different parts of Africa and elsewhere will come together, in this year’s African School on Decentralisation, to share, with a select group of government officials, academics, members of civil society as well as city leaders and managers, and reflect on the need for well-functioning African cities.

The Dullah Omar Institute at the University of the Western Cape and the Centre for Federalism and Governance Studies at Addis Ababa University, therefore, invite you to join and be part of the key conversations from the School’s opening day as follows:

Event details

Date: Monday, 30 May 2022
Time: 09h00 - 12h30
Platform: Zoom
Theme: Good Governance in African Cities



Keynote address (09:30 –  10:30) The importance of African cities in sustainable development
  • Prof Edgar Pieterse, South African Research Chair in Urban Policy, African Cities Centre, University of Cape Town
  • Prof Nico Steytler, South African Research Chair in Multilevel Governance and Development, Dullah Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape
Panel Discussion (11:00 – 12:30) Challenges facing local governance in Africa
  • Claire Frost, Programme Manager, Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF)
  • Chilando Chitangala, Mayor, Lusaka (Zambia)
  • Anthony Mvo Dighambong, Mayor, Wum (Cameroon)
  • Regina Bakitte, Mayor, Nansana (Uganda)
  • Quinton Els, Mayor, Manzini (Eswatini)
  • Alexander Nii-Noi Adumuah, Municipal Chief Executive, Adenta (Ghana)

About the African School on Decentralisation

The African School on Decentralisation is a joint initiative between the South African Research Chair in Multilevel Government, Law, and Development located at the Dullah Omar Institute (DOI), University of the Western Cape, and the Centre for Federalism and Governance Studies (CFGS) located at Addis Ababa University. The course’s participants comprise 25 individuals each representing a different African country and drawn from city officials, academics, and members of civil society engaged in decentralization and the governance of cities.

In part, the objectives of the School are to give content to and promote the African Union’s Charter on Decentralisation. The School also aims to create a platform for disseminating research, knowledge, and good practices, in order to contribute to and enrich Africa’s research agenda, policy development, and implementation of decentralized governance.

For more information, please contact Henry Paul Gichana (