ABOUT

ICLEI Africa’s Urban Systems Centre focuses primarily on the systems that manage and influence the consumption of resources in African cities. By focusing on systems, cities can identify strategic areas of intervention that facilitate more sustainable urban living and unlock broader ecological and social benefits.

This workstream covers:

People-centred development

Circular economy, nexus and resource systems

Built environment, infrastructure and service provision

Urban planning and mobility

Sustainable public procurement

Urban water systems

Localisation of the SDGs

Visioning sustainable future cities

Urban food systems

People-centred development

Visioning sustainable future cities

Circular economy, nexus and resource systems

Built environment, infrastructure and service provision

Urban water systems

Localisation of the SDGs

Urban planning and mobility

Urban food systems

Sustainable public procurement

The team

Due to the broad portfolio of this workstream, the Urban Systems Centre is comprised of a diverse, dynamic team of professionals ranging from planners, engineers, social scientists, food systems and transport experts to water sanitation professionals, circularity specialists, and human rights and legal experts.

Workstream resources

UNA Finance Guide
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UNA Finance Guide

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Sustainable Urban Mobility in Lagos
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Sustainable Urban Mobility in Lagos

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RISE Africa 2024 Action Festival Curator Statement
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RISE Africa 2024 Action Festival Curator Statement

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Workstream projects

Disaster Risk Reduction in African Cities

Disaster Risk Reduction in African Cities

Using the 2021 World Risk Poll results and relevant data, DRR4Africa supports three cities to screen existing risks to climate-induced hazards.
BRokering Innovation for Decentralised climate finance and Gender Equality

BRokering Innovation for Decentralised climate finance and Gender Equality

We support subnational stakeholders to access finance for locally-led and gender-responsive climate change adaptation action in Cameroon.
Supporting a Just Transition in Steve Tshwete

Supporting a Just Transition in Steve Tshwete

We are supporting Steve Tshwete Local Municipality with their transition to a low carbon, just and resilient economy.
Designing Inclusive African Coastal City Resilience

Designing Inclusive African Coastal City Resilience

We are conducting inclusive and co-created research into what climate-resilient measures can and should be implemented in coastal African cities.
Building resilience through urban natural assets

Building resilience through urban natural assets

We support local governments in Africa to integrate nature-based solutions into land use planning for increased resilience.
Transforming Africa’s Urban Food Systems

Transforming Africa’s Urban Food Systems

We address the systemic underpinnings of food insecurity and environmental impact by strengthening linkages between stakeholders in Africa and Europe.

Workstream news updates

A year of highlights, a future of hopes
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18 December 2023

A year of highlights, a future of hopes

AfriFOODlinks quarterly newsletter | December 2023
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1 December 2023

AfriFOODlinks quarterly newsletter | December 2023

Urban Africa will be advocating for accelerated action at COP28
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20 November 2023

Urban Africa will be advocating for accelerated action at COP28

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