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African cities’ pandemic response, challenges and lessons

African cities’ pandemic response, challenges and lessons

According to a UN Habitat report, urban areas are the epicentre of the pandemic, and thus accounting for most confirmed cases. This plenary aims to have a closer look at various examples from across the continent that highlight the challenges that rural and urban areas faced as result of the pandemic, the strategies that were employed and gaps that must be accounted for to learn and move forwards.
Contribution of the housing sector to Africa’s growing economies

Contribution of the housing sector to Africa’s growing economies

An inclusive, and well-functioning housing market is likely to contribute significantly to economic growth of a country through creation of employment for both skilled and unskilled labour. This panel will explore how housing can be an economic growth driver through multi stakeholder engagement that can contribute to creating a favourable financial environment for the housing sector to thrive.
Climate change and housing impact

Climate change and housing impact

It is premised that climate change could push more than 100 million people below the poverty line by 2030 within developing countries, significantly impacting housing adequacy and sustainability. This panel will explore experiences and challenges from climate change impact across African countries and the way forward in prioritising climate responsiveness practice such as investments in climate finances, research and housing practice.
Responding to Africa’s growing housing demand pressures

Responding to Africa’s growing housing demand pressures

The housing deficit is a massive challenge in African countries where demand for affordable, adequate housing is far outstripping supply, resulting in half of the population living in substandard conditions. This panel will explore the realities of Africa’s outstanding housing deficit against the backdrop of policies, investments and innovation that seeks to close in on this gap.

Tracks

TRACK 1
TRACK 1

TRACK 1

Promoting inclusivity in the housing sector

This track focuses on the prioritisation of underserved groups in housing. It aims at articulating the rights of all people to have decent housing as a basic need despite cultural, economic and social status that could otherwise lead to exclusion.

TRACK 2
TRACK 2

TRACK 2

Supporting affordable housing

This track focuses on the affordability of housing, the models that are currently in place and the innovation of financial models that better equip urban residents to afford adequate housing in the long run.

TRACK 3
TRACK 3

TRACK 3

Leveraging multi sector collaboration to achieve affordable housing

Fostering partnerships between the public sector, private sector and civil society organisations is crucial to achieving affordable housing and reducing the decent housing deficit. This track seeks to bring to light practices that have been undertaken under this model to achieve affordable housing as well as the lessons learned and suggested recommendations that will create a better climate that will leverage the strengths of all sectors involved and ensure that locally relevant and sustainable solutions are realised.
TRACK 4
TRACK 4

TRACK 4

Building sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11)

Making cities and human settlements safe, inclusive, resilient and sustainable is one of the 2030 UN Global Goals. At the moment, Africa’s urban population is projected to increase by more than 50% by 2050. This means that basic services such as water and sanitation, availability of decent housing, and basic infrastructure is bound to lead to significant social and territorial inequalities. This track aims to focus on identifying and leveraging opportunities within the continent towards this development goal.

Forum Topics

Track 1
Promoting inclusivity in the housing sector
Track 2
Supporting affordable housing
Track 3
Leveraging multi sector collaboration
Track 4
Building sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11)
Plenary 1 African cities' pandemic response, challenges and lessons
1.1 Addressing health challenges in urban built environments - Housing as a first defense against infectious diseases. 1.2 Housing finance and subsidies for pandemic response and recovery. 1.3 Governance mechanisms for resilient future cities (data+ decision making). 1.4 Vulnerable social economic groups - disability, elderly, minorities (Housing options to address the needs of these group).
Plenary 2 Contributions of the housing sector to Africa's growing economies
2.1 Meeting the emerging and growing housing needs of youth. 2.2 Slum upgrading -access to basic services. 2.3 Leveraging Africa's informal economy. 2.4 Land regularization experiences.
Plenary 3 Responding to Africa's growing housing demand pressures
3.1 Empowering women through land and housing rights. 3.2 Financing Incremental Housing (financing ODC, rental). 3.3 Living into national housing policies. 3.4 Leveraging Africa's digital economy and data for collaboration and decision making.
Plenary 4 Climate change and housing impact
4.1 Building and recycling climate­resilient housing for the most vulnerable. 4.2 Entrepreneurship and innovation -Alternative Building materials (green financing). 4.3 Multisectoral collaboration for a sustainable housing ecosystem. 4.4 Supporting holistic urban planning and access to land/ Land value capture mechanisms.

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