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HIC at Africities 9: Civil Society Speaks: Social Justice in African Cities

May 20 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

This session will focus on the collective civil society perspective, priorities and recommendations in response to the Africities 9 theme and engage mayors on these priorities, identifying conditions that enable and prohibit the realisation of these priorities and recommendations, and concrete actions required. 

The content will be drawn from the conclusions of the two-day Civil Society Forum, which will be held on 15-16 May 2022 prior to Africities 9, bringing together 100 participants from Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), from Kenya and beyond. The Forum is co-convened by seven Kenyan CSO’s, including members of Habitat International Coalition (HIC) with the purpose of articulating a collective civil society perspective in response to the topics under discussion at Africities 9.

Main issues to be addressed 

  • Social Justice and African Cities
  • Women’s political leadership and African cities
  • Forced evictions and African cities
  • Stakeholder engagement and African cities
  • Kenya’s position paper for Africities 9
  • Affordable housing and African cities

Objectives of the session

  • Highlight the collective civil society perspective, priorities and recommendations to Africities 9, focusing on above listed six issues
  • Engage CSO and Local Government Representatives in discussion to jointly identify enabling and prohibiting conditions, and concrete actions required

Contribution of the session and its recommendations to the overall objective of the Summit

  • Explicitly integrate human rights obligations in the implementation of the 2030 and 2063 Agendas;
  • Prohibit, prevent and prosecute forced evictions, and ensure entitled remedy and reparations for affected persons;

Key outcomes 

By drawing on the outcomes of the Civil Society Forum held prior to Africities, this session will foster critical dialogue between representatives of civil society and local and regional governments, identifying conditions and concrete actions required for faithful implementation of 2030 and 2063 Agenda commitments.

Panel

President: Mme Denise NDADAYE, Maire, Commune Nyabihanga, Présidente, REFELA-Burundi

Moderator: ​​Dr Paul Ogendi, Grassroots Trust

Rapporteur:  Elizabeth Duya, Transparency International Kenya

Speakers/Panelists

Samuel Ikua Thiong’o, Project Coordinator at Mazingira Institute

Jael Omunyangoli, Human Rights Defender, Politician and Trainer

Humphrey Otieno, Coordinator Kenya Social Movements Network

Betty Okero, Governance Practionner

Shillah Raymond, Kutoka Network

Lawrence Apiyo, President of African organisations Network of inhabitants

Hon George Olwal, Member of the County Assembly, County Government of Kisumu

Rohey Malick Lowe, Mayor of Banjul (TBC)

Albano Carige, Mayor of Beira, Mozambique (TBC)

Christine Mba Ndutume, Mayor of Libreville and President of UCLG Africa (TBC)

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Programme

14:30 – 14:35 Introduction by the Mme Denise NDADAYE, Maire, Commune Nyabihanga

14:35 – 14:45 Rules of the game by the Moderator

Presentations

14:45 – 14:55 Social Justice and African Cities by Samuel Ikua Thiong’o, Mazingira Institute

14:55 – 15:05 Women’s political leadership and African cities by Jael Omunyangoli, Human Rights Defender, Politician and Trainer

15:05 – 15:15: Forced evictions and African cities by Humphrey Otieno, HIC Housing and Land Rights Network

15:15 – 15:25 Stakeholder engagement and African cities by Betty Okero, CSO Network and

15:25 – 15:35 Kenya’s position paper for Africities 9 by Shillah Raymond, Kutoka Network

15:35 – 15:45 Affordable housing and African cities by Lawrence Apiyo, Grassroots Trust

15:45 – 16:00 Reaction of panellists

16:00 – 16:30 Break

16:30 – 17:30 Questions/responses (managed by the Moderator between the panellists and the presenters)

17:30 – 17:50 Resolutions and recommendations

17:50 – 18:00 Conclusion and way forward

Civil Society Forum Statements

Civil society groups convened at the Civil Society Forum for the Africities 9, Kisumu,15th, and 16th May 2022, discussed the following issues, pertaining to the theme of the Summit, “The role of intermediary cities of Africa in the implementation of the United Nations Agenda 2030 and the African Union Agenda 2063.”

Click on them to read the related statement.

Details

Date:
May 20
Time:
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm