In late-September, the African Development Bank, the Urban and Municipal Development Fund (UMDF) and the Korea Africa-Economic Cooperation (KOAFEC) jointly organized a workshop in Abidjan to review the cities diagnostic methodologies with city managers and international urban development experts.
Five cities were chosen for the pilot phase of the Cities Diagnostics for 2019 -2020: Antananarivo (Madagascar), Bizerte (Tunisia), Conakry (Republic of Guinea), Dodoma (Tanzania) and Libreville (Gabon) and were represented by their respective authorities.
A statement dated 7th Oct and signed by Alice Nabalamba, AfDB’s Chief Urban Development Officer, quotes Amadou Oumarou, Director of the AfDB’s Infrastructure and Urban Development Department as saying: “The new City Diagnostics tool of the Bank will enable city managers and development partners to have a clear understanding of the situation in all the various sub-sectors of the city and allow us to prioritise our work.”
“The diagnostic tool includes key environmental and urban sustainability indicators, two baseline studies covering disaster risk and vulnerability and urban footprint growth,” part of the statement reads. “[And] it can measure and assess inclusiveness and resilience parameters, strategies, municipal resource mobilization, investments, and public accounts administration.”
It also includes a public opinion survey covering accessibility and quality of municipal services for water, sanitation, electricity. drainage, solid waste management and other measures of quality of life in cities are also included.
“The urban opportunities far outweigh the challenges,” said Prof. Davis G. Mwamfupe, the Mayor of Dodoma, Tanzania, during his message to the workshop
The City Diagnostics program is fully funded by the UMDF, which supports African cities and municipalities to improve their resilience and manage urban growth and development better through planning, governance, and efficient public services as well as improving the quality of life in urban environments in Africa.