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Planning Africa 2018

October 14 - October 17

Planning Africa 2018

Planning Africa 2018 organised by South African Planning Institute will take place from 14 to 17 October 2018 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The conference aims to respond to the global, continental and national development challenges and reaffirm that planning raison d’etre centres on advancing the interest of the poorest and the broader public at large. The theme “The Making the Modern African Cities” is intended to drive debate towards meaningful solutions. The question to be answered is what exactly does ‘modern’ mean? Is it a replication of other cities globally, or are there unique attributes to this term in the African context? What should ‘modern’ look like when facing pressures such as resilience, right to the city, accommodation of informality, to name a few?

Rapid urbanisation has accentuated the critical role of cities on the African continent as generators and drivers of wealth. However, this has been accompanied by jobless economic growth, increasing inequality and deepening poverty. Other global challenges impacting on Africa cities include climate change, the slow economic recovery, corruption, the rise in nationalism, shifts to the political right, anti-globalisation, anti-migration, war and strife. Planners in Africa have not adequately responded to these realities. The UN Habitat’s Sustainable Development Goals, the Habitat III New Urban Agenda, the African Union’s Agenda 2063 action plan and other policy positions provide guidance for the development of cities globally.

For more information visit the conference website.